According to the experts what you do first thing in the morning has the greatest impact on the success of the rest of your day. In this series we asked our soloist community what rituals they use to kickstart their systems before getting on with work for the day.
Name: Kim Storey
Do you action/plan/do anything specific to prepare for the morning the night before?
Not specifically, although I do have a running to do list so there’s always actionable items on there.
What time do you wake up? And how do you do it?
I naturally wake up with the sun, so in summertime I usually wake up early but in wintertime I need the alarm! It’s set for 6.30am year-round except for Sunday (or Monday if I’ve had a big weekend of markets or photoshoots) if I have nothing on, that’s a sleep in day.
What is the VERY first thing you do after you wake up? If you eat, what do you eat?
First thing I do is have a shower and then breakfast, which is usually toast and sometimes eggs from my neighbour. Love living next door to someone with chooks!
What is your first drink of the day? Where are you when you’re drinking it?
My first drink of the day is a big glass of water at home.
What part of your morning routine makes you feel the best?
Going outside to let my kelpie, Ruby, out of her kennel for the day, she’s always super excited to see me haha!
What part of the routine could you really live without?
Having the alarm wake me up, I’d much rather wake up without it!
Describe your ideal morning
My ideal morning is wake up naturally when the sun gets up, go let my kelpie out and then go out and check my livestock on the farm. It’s the best feeling going out with your dog and checking on happy healthy sheep. If I’ve got a big day in office, it makes a great start to be outside for a while. I don’t currently have any sheep on the farm because of drought conditions so I’m really missing that!