Think Kit

On the Daily

I am really fascinated by habits and routines. I have a morning ritual of getting up, walking the dog, making and eating breakfast with the fella, then sitting down to read and write before I get ready for the work day. I love starting my day this way (it even happens on the weekends), and when I can’t do at least most of these things, I get fussy. I’ve found that I need to move my body, have human connection, and make space for reflection or growth in order to center myself for what is to come. The absence of these things upends my world a little.

Because I know this about myself, I’m always curious about how this shows up for others. I read Daily Rituals: How Artists Work at the beginning of 2015 to get a sense of what others (here, artists) have done to create and shape their day. I read Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit (and I’ll probably read it again this year) and have been inspired by her approach to creating beautiful choreography.

I enjoy hearing from friends what habits and routines help make their world go ’round. Everyone is different. I have a friend who gets up at 5:30 every morning and works out. Another starts the day at 8am, sans alarm. I think there are as many different daily routines as there are people, so I’m curious to know, what’s yours?

This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBoxToday’s prompt: “Think of things that have piqued your curiosity. What leaves you with more questions than answers? Who or what do you wish you knew more about?”

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  • Reply Sara McGuyer January 22, 2016 at 12:03 am

    I usually get up at 6:30 a.m. I play with my routine a bit, but it most frequently goes like this: coffee, writing with pen and paper, reading in the kitchen. I often light a candle in the winter time. It cheers the darkness. There’s usually bird gazing out the window. Then, a dog walk, followed by breakfast.

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