What’s the first thing you do upon waking?

Other than pressing the snooze button, that is? My alarm goes off at 6 am and I almost always snooze it for ten minutes. But, my alarm is on my blackberry. So when it goes off again at 6.10 I grab for my glasses and while still waking up I check if there is any interesting email.

I feel that this is not such a great thing to do – however, once I have coffee on and the kids getting up and ready for school, I already have my work email opened and am dealing with lots of work-related issues.

I get my best work done early in the morning – and that initial look through of email jump starts my day. If I sleep in, (like that happens often!) it throws my whole day off.

So what’s the first thing YOU do upon waking?

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  1. For me its Modeh Ani, followed by Natilat Yadaim, after a private interlude, Asher Yatzar, then put on a pot of coffee, check work email, then say the rest of Birkhat HaShachar and start my day.

    • sheldan says:

      Interesting, calling “Asher Yatzar” (the “bathroom prayer”) a “private interlude.” :-)

      • sheldan says:

        Incidentally, former Memphian Ted Roberts, a prolific writer, included a column regarding Asher Yatzar in his compilation “Scribbler on the Roof.” I highly recommend the book.

  2. batya from NJ says:

    I’d have to say :modeh ani, netilas yadayim, & opening my emails even though there’s not much time to check ‘em all out b/c I am usually busy rushing to get my son up & dressed to get to his bus stop before 7:30am & then I come home & the rush is on to get my youngest up & about so that she can make her school bus at 7:55..

  3. BB says:

    Modah Ani, private necessities, get dressed, drink OJ, and walk the dog. I get up when DH gets up to go to shul. His time in shul is just perfect for me to be out for a nice walk (weather permitting). When he returns, we drive to work together.

  4. lady lock and load says:

    Shut off alarm (I often wake up before my alarm). Modeh Ani, Netilas Yadayim. Get dressed in gym clothes and sneakers. Feed my starving cats. Feed myself (also starving!) while looking at e-mails and facebook, if there is time before having to drive my hubby to the bus stop.

  5. Y W says:

    I check up G6 blog at guesswhoscoming2dinner.blogspot.com

  6. Chaviva says:

    Hit the alarm, unplug my phone, say Modah Ani, check my email and Twitter. :)

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