First Things First {Rituals and Routines}

Do you have daily rituals? A routine that you follow when you do certain things? Here are my “firsts” rituals …

First Things First {Rituals and Routines}

When I Wake Up … go back to sleep … then wake up again. Every damn day. It could be anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. But when I’m finally conscious, I lay in bed and think about my day – setting the 3 Most Important Tasks for the day, an idea I got from ZenHabits.

First Drink of the Day … Water. or Coffee. I prefer it to be water first, but that’s not always the case. I only drink 1 big cup of coffee per day. Anything more, and my stomach riots.

First Eats … Oatmeal. Plain with added fresh fruit, chia seeds, nuts and raisins or Craisins.

When I Get to Work … I walk to my office, drop my stuff, and then go talk to at least 3 people before I go back to my desk. This is my way of not being a hermit and finding out what’s going on with the day’s production.

When I See My Husband at the End of the Work Day … I always greet him with a kiss. And he greets me with “… ewwww” 🙂

When I see the Kids After Work … I ask them how was their day. Teenagers reply in mono-syllables most of the times, so I cherish the days I get full stories. Pre-teens – they vary a lot.

What are some of your daily rituals?


// Comments //

  1. Andi

    Feb 01

    Your rituals sound a lot like mine! A new ritual seems to be waking up an hour before the alarm goes off, getting up to blog while the house is quiet, and then waking the boy. We’ll see if that one sticks.

  2. Rachel

    Jan 27

    Daily rituals for me are coffee in the morning, going the gym, always picking up toys, washing a never-ending pile of laundry and finding sweet moments in the day with my kids and husband.

  3. I have completely lost the rituals since I got back from holiday-related travel. I just cannot get back into a steady set of habits and plans! I have always been a creature of habit, so it’s weird for me to have no morning (or afternoon, or evening) ritual to rely on!

  4. Michelle

    Jan 21

    Daily rituals? Hmmm…that first cup of coffee, which I usually only drink once I get to my office in the mornings. Filling out my daily planner and writing my to-do list. Those are the only things I do every single day other than stumble out of bed and to the shower, but I can’t imagine starting my day without them!

    • Tanya Patrice

      Jan 22

      @Michelle – oh that first cup of coffee – I swear, it’s just so calming, and after the first sip, I’m like … yes, I’m ready for the day!

  5. I usually wake up and get my two teenagers out of bed. Since I often work late shifts or start at ten, I´ve spoiled them SO much, and I make them breakfast and lunch. I know, I have to stop doing it, and tell them to do it themselves 😀 When they´ve gone to school I make myself breakfast and a cup of tea and watch a series on my Mac, and/or read. This is a sacred time for me, and If I start work at eight in the morning, something is really missing 🙂 My husband starts work just as my alarmclock rings, so we see eachoter between three and four in the afternoon 🙂

    • Tanya Patrice

      Jan 22

      @anette I stayed home with my kids for a while, so they were just like your kids! Breakfast ready for them in the morning before they go out the door. It’s good – but yup – now that I work early, they don’t know what to do with themselves 🙂

  6. My first of the day is a tea – without tea you don’t even want to talk me, and not just in the morning, literally all day! Haha!

    This was a really interesting post.