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What is your morning routine?

So I wanted to try and do at least a post a week, and I didn't have much time to prepare one this week. So I wanted to open up another discussion!

So, to any of you glorious readers stumbling upon this post, what is YOUR morning routine? Wake up and sit on reddit until you're almost late to work? Make sure you got that cup of coffee before attempting anything? Immediately get up and get to coding?

I personally spend a bit too long reddit before stumbling into the shower, getting ready just in time, and racing off to work. On the train to work, listen to some DnD podcasts and study Japanese. Right before arriving to work I make sure to get some tea or water for the day and a coffee. Upon arriving at my desk, it's off to coding right away! Who needs to check emails or read chat anyways.

Here's a few threads from the past I dug up if you're interested in reading more about routines!
Do you have a morning routine?
Planning My Daily Routine
The Miracle of a Morning Routine

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Ben Halpern
  • Walk the pup
  • Make coffee in the french press
  • A few kettlebell swings
  • Sign on (work from home)
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I like that "Walk the pup" is number one thing to do every day.

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Dogs are top priority 🐶

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Emma Goto 🍙 • Edited

My ideal morning routine:

  • Wake up without an alarm
  • A glass of water and a cup of coffee
  • Sit down at my laptop and go through some Japanese flashcards
  • Go for a quick run, then shower
  • Walk the dog
  • Read a book on my 35min commute to work

But realistically, depending on when I wake up I might skip the run, and do the flashcards on my commute instead. I sometimes use a Fitbit alarm that vibrates on my wrist to try and wake up early enough but I turn that one off in my sleep sometimes. I prioritise feeling well-rested though so I don't like setting an alarm on my phone to wake me up unless I really needed to.

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Man, I would love to be able to go alarmless! I find it getting harder and harder to get out of bed since it's getting so cold! Only really find time to do my Anki cards on the commute

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Emma Goto 🍙

I'm on the other side of the equator so I don't have that problem at the moment! By the way, if you're looking for blog ideas I'd love to hear about how your experience has been working as a developer in Japan.

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tylerwel profile image

I thought about doing somethin like that, but nothin really came to mind. But I'll keep thinking and jotting down ideas. Thanks for the advice!

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I get up, practice typing because I didn't learn proper touch typing when I should have. Get a workout in and then spend 30 to 60 minutes reviewing my blog site. Prepping articles, editing, researching.
After that I go through work emails, get ready for work, and eventually make the drive in. It's about a 30 minute drive so i tend to listen to Audible (development related) or podcasts on the way.

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Jess Lee

@mattfigler you're not alone on learning how to type!!

nineismine profile image

Its so hard to stick with after all of these years of looking at the keyboard. I can type about 50 to 60 WPM if I constantly look at the keyboard. But I'm suffering from a lot of this.

tylerwel profile image

Development related audio books? Never even occured to me that might be a thing. Any recommendations?

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nineismine • Edited

I have listened to this one twice. When I bought it I wasnt sure if it would be any good, But man there was alot of good advice in there.

Ill go through my library in a few and toss you some more recommendations.

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Thanks! Lookin forward to it

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Matteo Joliveau • Edited
  • Try to understand which century it is and whether or not I'm on the right planet
  • Eat a quick breakfast
  • Shower for way longer than necessary
  • Long commute to work, listening to music and generally trying to stay awake
  • Brew a full french press worth of coffee (around 800 ml) because apparently my colleagues prefer my special blend than our regular expresso
  • Reach my desk, power on my laptop and wait for Arch Linux to update
  • Finally start coding. And enjoy flexible work hours that allow me to be that slow in the mornign :D
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Brew a full french press worth of coffee

Read that as "a full bench press worth of coffee". Now that would be a good amount of coffee! (And probably needed ... )

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Philip Perry
  • shower
  • shave
  • cereal for breakfast
  • walk to train station (half hour). Listen to news podcast and then some language learning podcast (I alternate between French, Spanish, Korean and Mandarin). I could take the bus, but walking is good exercise.
  • Take train and metro (30 minutes). Do Anki flashcards and watch some tutorial (currently mostly on statistics)
  • make coffee at office, read emails and start coding
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Juan F Gonzalez

Hi Tyler
I'm also going for a post a week (man that's Hard)
So since I stumbled upon this post while going through the feed, I'll say that the morning routine is something I've been obsessively reading about and trying for the last couple of years.

My routine now is different (because I'm no longer in college and have time ✌). In short, I wake up, go to the bathroom, make breakfast then I do some stretching and run to the gym.
I spent about an hour or so there, I go back to my place to read for 15 min and take a shower. Then I get dressed, pick up all the things I'll need for the day.
Wash the dishes, brush my teeth, pack some snacks and head to the office.
And yes I arrive to actually do the work I have. I read somewhere that it's best to check email by afternoon, that way your productivity doesn't get hindered. 🤓

tylerwel profile image

Wow! I must ask, what time do you usually wake up in the morning? Seems like you get a lot done before work even starts

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Juan F Gonzalez

Well like I said, I've been looking into routines of other pros for quite some time and also been tweakin' mine every couple months.
But for the last 6 months, I've been experimenting with what could work best from 5 am all up to 6 am.

This month, I've been waking up at 5:30 am and it's ok. Some days I seem to have more time than others. I've planned writing a post about great routines for devs, so let me know if that would be of interest to you and what would you like to see in it.

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Gábor Soós

It took me a while to make this routine work, but now I feel more organized/productive throughout the day when I stick it.

  • drink a glass of water
  • cold shower
  • stretch
  • jump rope (if I have the time)
  • healthy breakfast
  • plan my todos for the day
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Markus Siering

For me, it depends on whether I want to clock in a strength practice session or not. If so:

  • get up at 5:15
  • some light yoga
  • do the Simple & Sinister kettlebell routine
  • as long as my daughter still sleeps: more yoga, meditation, reading
  • take my daughter to give my wife some more sleep (usually around 6 to 6:30)
  • breakfast with my daughter at ~8
  • get ready for work with a cold shower etc
  • off to work at ~8:30-8:45

If I don’t do sports, I just sleep until I wake up with the family.

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Andres Avila Wille
  • Drink a glass of water
  • Relieve any physical needs (this is important almost immediately after waking up)
  • 5 - 10 mins morning meditation (Important to set myself up for success Sanvello has a good one, but you can also use this from YT )
  • Sometimes I have a cup of green tea (good physical detox effects)
  • Go over any emails or updates from work
  • Breakfast
  • Standup meetings, if any.
  • Code, code, code, code.
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Mindaugas Jacionis
  • Walk the doggo
  • Check my email
  • Shower + beard care 😅
  • Wash cups or other dishes from last evening and/or this morning (I hate doing dishes, so nothing worse can happen that day 🤷‍♂️)
  • Drive to work while listening for some upbeat music or podcasts
  • Breakfast at the office while checking chats, email and/or reviewing PRs

My morning "routine" probably ends around 10:30 😅

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Melissa Penta • Edited

Pretty much the same thing every morning for me.

  • Alarm at 4AM - snooze once or twice
  • Feed the cats
  • Brew coffee while preparing my oats (I like it prepared fresh - no pre-prep)
  • Drink coffee
  • Workout warm up, usually some kind of cardio for about 10 minutes
  • Eat breakfast (the oats that now have been sitting long enough)
  • Full workout at home
  • Shower
  • Prepare lunch, do small chores
  • Drink protein shake (most mornings if I worked out hard enough)
  • Look for birds on my property if it's the right time of year
  • Go to work, or to my desk if I am working remote that day ... if it's a weekday

Between those items, I am usually petting or playing with the cats. They love morning time with us.

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Valentin Degenne

I stay in bed like 15~30 minutes, try to fuel my brain with natural vibes, I also check my phone I made up a todo list of websites I like to visit before starting my day, watching the trends, playing a chess puzzle, listening one motivational track, anything that I think are really very stimulating for the brain to wake up and place the brain in a computational state (because the day is full of problems to solve).
And then comes the physical awakening, I just try to make some gymnastic moves until I have this happiness feeling and I know my day is going to be easy because I prepared and my body is thanking me.
I then step in the bothering world, wash my glasses, brush my teeth, drink coffee, go out walk, work, you know this part.

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Lars Richter
  • make a cup of tea
  • prepare breakfast for the kindergarten for both kids
  • prepare breakfast „to go“ for me and my wife
  • wake up the kids and get them dressed
  • take the kids to the kindergarten
  • listen to podcasts or read a book on my 40 minute commute
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Corey McCarty • Edited
  • Wake up
  • Make a bottle, milk cup, and a coffee
  • Go out for a vape (if I have time)
  • Wake the kids and wife
  • Feed the baby
  • Shower
  • Drive to work
  • Emails (if I have time)
  • Standup
  • try to flesh out a blog post
  • Rest of day
tylerwel profile image

The Dad, best kind of alarm clock lol