Here's my true confession for the day. I tend to putz in the mornings. One of the greatest things about working at home is that I don't have to rise to the alarm clock, and I don't have to rush around trying to catch the 8:06 train the way I did for 11 years. So I tend to go slowly and fritter away a lot of time.
The first thing I do when I get up is go to my computer to check my email and the weather report . . . and I frequently get distracted and wander around the 'Net for about 15 minutes.
Then I have to take care of Smokey, which requires bundling up in my winter outerwear, taking him for his morning walk, feeding him, and giving him his daily meds. Somehow, this always takes me half an hour or more, and I can't figure out why.
Then I eat breakfast . . . which usually involves the time-intensive task of making cappuccino . . . and I often either do a puzzle or read a book while I eat. Finally, I have my morning prayer time and then I shower and dress. (Unless it's one of those days where I stay in my pajamas until I have to take Smokey for his lunchtime walk. I don't mind going outside in pajamas and robe first thing in the morning, but it's embarrassing to do so at noon.)
When I worked in an office and had to commute, my morning routine took only 80 minutes. Of course, we didn't have Smokey then, and I often had my prayer time on the train instead of at home. Still, I did move a lot more efficiently when I knew I had to get out of the house at 7:50 or miss my train than I do when there is no consequence for dallying.
Consequently, I frequently don't start work until 10:00. When I'm working only one job, this isn't a problem, but when I'm working two jobs as I am now, it's much too hard to get all my hours in when I start so late. I end up having to work in the evenings.
So my Lenten discipline this year is to try to give up putzing for Lent. I want to shorten my morning routine enough to accomplish two things: to go back to writing morning pages (three long-hand pages everyday) and still be able to start work by nine. In other words, I want to increase the time that my prayer time takes and still shorten the total time of the routine.
This is going to be difficult, but I really think it's the best discipline I can add to my life right now.
So how do your mornings go? And are you going to do a Lenten discipline?