Mid-week my alarm is set for 05:30.
That allows for a 90-minute session at my desk, before I break off for morning exercise.
Those first minutes of peace and solitude are crucial to the success and enjoyment of my day and include (over a cup of Early Grey):
Reading a daily passage from a book on spirituality (this year I'm working through "A Calendar of Wisdom" by Leo Tolstoy);
Writing my personal journal (I use Day One, a cloud-based application);
Scanning the news headlines (I read The Guardian online);
Checking Facebook and emails to identify any urgent and important messages;
Reviewing my task list in ToDoist and completing the day's calendar and tasks in my Full Focus Planner;
Writing this blog.
When that's done, I'm either out of the door on my bike or indoors on the Wattbike, depending on the weather.
By the time I do get to the exercise, I'm mentally primed, familiar with what the day is going to look like, aware of my priorities, ready for the challenges.
p.s. at weekend I repeat 1. through to 4. only - whenever I wake up.
p.p.s. when I was raising children, I rose at 05:00, so that I could get the same done before they were woken.
I simply cannot face a day unless I feel prepared.
Upon hearing the Scout motto, someone asked Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell the inevitable follow-up question.
“Prepared for what?”
“Why, for any old thing,” he replied.