My morning recovery reviews are geared toward those who want to kick things up a notch from the normal. In this post, I will share my personal experience having a morning slump, and tips on what to do to get myself back in the groove. I will also share a list of my favorite books that I have read in the past month.
I have two ways of getting myself back in the groove. One is just by taking an extra 30 minutes to work out. The other is to try something new. What I have learned over the years is that you have to get at least 10 minutes of your day to start with. Once you get into that zone, take an extra 30 minutes and then see what happens.
I learned this lesson the hard way. Every time I got a migraine, my brain started to think about how I was going to get to the end of the day. Then I thought about how much I missed coffee. So I started drinking an extra cup so I would have it to go to. It worked well for a while until I realized I still had an extra 30 minutes to get to work. And, sure enough, I found myself just staring at the computer screen.
I didn’t realize that I had been staring at the screen for about 15 minutes so I started looking at the clock. I realized I had been staring at the clock for a little more than an hour. I quickly got up and started getting ready to leave. Then I realized that I had been staring at the clock for about a minute and a half. I quickly turned off the computer and got into my car.
The reason I was so surprised was because I had just finished reading an article in the New York Times that said that the average American is staring at their screen for a whopping 40 minutes. For me that is an enormous amount of time spent at the computer. I spend more time staring at my screen than I do watching TV, reading, or working. I’ve been told that I do this all the time and I’m not alone in my behavior.
And when I say staring, I mean staring at the same thing for 40 minutes. I don’t mean I’m staring at the TV like I did yesterday, I mean I’m staring at a blank screen for almost an hour or so. I also do this when I’m watching a movie, reading a book, or just walking around.
And I don’t mean I just stare at the screen for that long, I mean that I stare at it for around 30 seconds at a time. I also do this while I am doing something else. I mean, I stare at the screen while I am doing nothing at all.
It seems that our brains naturally keep track of how much we are staring at a screen for, so if we stare at a blank screen for too long at a time, it starts getting a little bit obsessive. It takes longer to get through a book you are reading, or walking around a room, or even taking a deep breath. And, once you are done staring at the screen, you are not in the mood to read a second book.
I know it’s weird. But if I am looking at a blank screen and I just get bored, I can go to bed and do nothing but stare at it for an hour without any distractions. Which is why I always read books as soon as I get out of bed.
I know its weird. But I love when I am reading a book and I get bored, so I have to be in the mood to not just read a book, but to read about it. So, I try to read the book at least a few times throughout the day, which is why I do a full-blown morning recovery every day. I read a book and go through it on my way to work, and the next day I try to read it at work.