Rise and shine Rocket High: Students, faculty share morning routines

Alarm. Snooze. Up. Coffee. Shower. Dress. Keys. Phone. Wallet. Out the door.

Many are unexcited to wake to an alarm blaring at them to get up and conquer the day. A morning routine sets the tone for the day and can start it off poorly or positively.

“The secret to true productivity and meaning comes from getting the right things done by giving your highest value activities the highest priority,” according to The 7 Minute Life. They suggested having a solid, productive morning routine that works for you a main priority.

English teacher Anne Jones starts her day at 5:30 a.m. and hops directly into the shower. There, what she refers to as her “brain children” are born. This is an important part of her routine because, as a mom of three, she gets little time to think. After, she has some prayer time and goes through her daily examine while she dries her hair. She then gets dressed and is at school around seven.

Jones finds her routine an absolutely necessary part of her day, and, as a creature of habit, said she needs the stability and time to think clearly. The most necessary part of her routine is her time for prayer. She advises at least time for reflection and thinking about what the challenges of the day are.

If Jones could add anything to her routine, it would be exercise and time to eat. She feels like her mornings are healthy for her mind but not so much for her body.

Senior Alyssa Taylor’s advice to a more productive morning was, “when your alarm goes off, you have to get up, it will give you a lot more energy, even though it is hard.” Every morning, Taylor wakes up and does three math problems. They’re built into her alarm so that if she does not do them, the alarm will not turn off. Like Jones, Taylor also wished she could add breakfast into her routine.

Sophomore Aidan Guessford wakes up at 6:15 a.m. every day, including the weekends, and heads right for the books. Most of the time, he is studying for AP US History. He then brushes his teeth and hair and gets dressed.

Studying, Guessford said, relieves his stress and lets him feel more prepared for his challenging classes.

Theology teacher Jeff Hutchinson heads straight to the kitchen to grind his fresh coffee beans when he wakes up in the morning. He then feeds the dog, puts away dishes from the night before, and begins making breakfast for his family, one of his favorite parts of the morning. Within that time, he makes sure to drink two full glasses of water every morning.

Hutchinson finds comfort in his routine and said that the smells and the tastes of his morning are everything. If anything he wishes the morning was not so fast paced and that he could ease into it more.

Hutchinson advised to “cut out the snooze. Hitting snooze starts the day with an act of resistance and that can become a habit.”

Sophomore Ellie Rudolph starts with coffee and a breakfast sandwich to get through the day. “I get Dunkin’ every Tuesday with my grandpa and sister. It is a real positive start to my day,” Rudolph said.

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