What does your weekday morning routine look like? If it features alarm snoozing, multiple cups of tea, and a few cross words (unsurprisingly that’s angry words rather than puzzles!), you’re very much in line with the average Brit…
As a nation, each workday morning we:
- Snooze our alarms five times
- Consume two teas
- Swear four times before 9 o’clock
- Have at least two rounds of ‘cross words’ with our partners
- And break up two or more fights between our children
- We also hunt for both our mobile phones and keys twice over before leaving the house
This is all according to research conducted by Dunelm. You can compare your morning against the rest of the nation’s data in this recent HR News post.
How media features in our morning routine:
The article also cites some fascinating details when it comes to how else we’re using our time. Collectively we…
- Spend 3 million hours ‘browsing social media’ from the bed, bathroom and breakfast table.
- Respond to 97 million emails before we’ve even got up.
- And watch 16 million hours of morning TV.
- Breaking this down into minutes, the average working person spends 6 minutes on checking their work emails and another 6 minutes on posting to social media from their beds. Yet we only allow 7 minutes to eat breakfast (with more than 1/4 doing this while rushing around the house). That’s also less time than spent on styling one’s hair and reading the online news.
The morning mood…
A number of potential ‘morning downers’ are identified, including missing public transport, traffic jams, arguments, and not knowing what to wear, among others.
With all the stats combined, it’s no wonder that more than 1/4 of professionals feel stressed as soon as they wake up, with 76% of people finding weekday mornings worst of all.
Are there any solutions?
Weekday mornings are always going to present their challenges, especially for anyone with additional caring responsibilities or health needs. Anything you can do to manage your stress levels is going to help improve your morning routine. Or, at least, how that routine makes you feel!
Prepping whatever you can the night before, prioritising sleep, and avoiding the lure of social media first thing in the day could be a great place to start.
Alongside this, ask yourself whether there’s anything else contributing to your morning stress load. It’s said that 97% of people are frustrated in their work. Frustration can lead to nitpicking (and an all-around shorter fuse with those around you!) as well as more of a desire to procrastinate.
If job frustration is ruining your morning routine, and the rest of your working week, why not take a look at the latest job vacancies?