It is a slow start to the day and I feel connected to friends and family. I am living abroad, a few hours behind my native country where most of my friends live. So when I wake up, there is already a lot of activity in the WhatsApp groups I am part of. I don't use WhatsApp professionally, so it's just personal stuff. I love to read trivial chatting from my friends and family first thing in the morning. Specially living abroad. Specially these days of Covid.
I also check Twitter and HN, but just a quick look, not the reason I pick up my phone. I spend about 20min on WhatsApp, 5min elsewhere.
It also wakes me up, so I don't oversleep. Then I am ready to go the bathroom, prepare my breakfast and when I get to work, I am ready and sharp.
I believe people use the idea of picking your phone first thing in the morning as an image and a proxy for phone addiction, I don't think it is. I believe I would be less healthy if I had my phone locked away from me in the morning.
Something functional alcoholics will often say is "I don't have a problem, I just like a beer with dinner, nothing wrong with that", and a usual response is "okay, then how about you take a week off? If it's just something you like, then that should be no problem".
Of course, that's where the excuses start!
This May challenge is conceptually similar. Nothing in your morning routine would be disrupted by more than 120 seconds, if you took the time to look at the sky and appreciate it before starting in with the phone.
Again, I'm mentioning this on behalf of other people who might be a bit in denial about how they start their day.
My personal routine starts with plugging the laptop into the monitor and brewing coffee, and browsing Twitter and HN while my brain wakes up. I'm not big on my phone in general, especially not lately.
But I'm intending to add looking at the sky for the month of May (although not joining a Facebook group, yuck!).
It sounds nice.
The watching the sky thing is more of a marketing device that I might skip though.
but in quarantine my days are sliding into a featureless wash of playing online games, reading HN and articles about Covid, watching Netflix. ostensibly there is development work I should be doing, but I just can't seem to get engaged.
really finding that if I spend an hour or two directly upon waking doing things like cleaning and sewing and food prep...maybe a little computerless whiteboard work..I'm feeling quite a bit more engaged and human. I'm a lot less prone to just faffing about on the internet.
There's a lot of digital junk food fighting for your attention, that's for sure. But there's a lot of other options, and, unlike real-life balanced diet and fine dining, it's either free or cheap.