You know you are not a morning person when… you brush your teeth with soap.
I had an early meeting this morning – well, early for me. I had to be awake, dressed, and coherent by 9:15 a.m. For most people this task does not seem daunting. For me, a nightmare! I typically don’t schedule anything until 10:00. I know myself well, and know that I just don’t function at my full capacity in the wee hours of the day. I am a night person. I actually am most productive between the hours of 10:00p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
Anyway, I got up, staggered into my bathroom and began my first ritual of the day: I brushed my teeth. The first time I used toothpaste. But, while in the process of brushing I felt I needed a tad more toothpaste. So I reached for the tube, but unknowingly picked up my container of liquid facial soap, squirted some on my toothbrush, and went for it.
UGH! It was so disgusting and I was so disgusted with myself (especially since this is expensive soap that I purchased from my dermatologist). Needless to say, I spit it out, and carefully found the toothpaste, and made sure to apply a lot of the paste carefully to my toothbrush and start the process all over again.
It took rigorous brushing, my morning tea, a waffle and a bunch of tic tacs to get the soapy residue out of my mouth
So what is the moral of this story, and how does it relate to Head 4 Success College & Career Counceling?
Know who you are.
If you’re a recent grad, a career changer or an empty nester looking for a job, be realistic. What are the requirements of the job? What and when do they expect you to be accessible, available, and coherent?
If you are scheduling your college classes, you finally have the option of when you want to go to class. You can set up your daily routine just the way you want. This is easier in a larger university in which classes are given in the evening. The smaller liberal arts colleges tend to offer classes only during the day. Pick classes during hours of the day that work for you. If you are not a morning person, chances are that you will find it easy to stay under the covers on those cold winter mornings and hope to get the notes from your early bird friend.
These are all important facts to consider so you can be your best, function at your highest level, and begin each day in the best shape possible. On a side note, in addition to brushing my teeth with soap this morning, I discovered that my cat, after I spent 20 minutes cleaning his litter box yesterday, decided to leave me a deposit on the floor in the basement bathroom, just a few feet from his glistening clean litter box. Maybe this is a message and I should crawl back under the sheets and hope for a better day tomorrow!