Morning Has Broken (So Let’s Have Coffee)

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As though you don’t have enough reasons to dislike me: I’m a morning person.  I tend to get up ridiculously early and get on with my day.  It’s gotten to the point where I rarely sleep until the alarm goes off; I do set it as a “safety”, but am usually up before then.  Off to the gym, have breakfast, catch up on the day’s news from a variety of decidedly NOT fake news sources, and then get started on some busy work before the heavy lifting really begins.

It should come as no surprise that, of course, I am not unique in my diurnal ways.  Many successful people get their best work done before all of the day’s distractions kick in.  To me, it just seems logical…but of course it does, because it’s what works best for me.

I don’t kid myself: I know I’m not everyone’s role model.  You’re entitled to make your wrong choices…far be it from me to judge (but I do, anyway).  However, if you don’t think that mine is the shining example you wish to emulate, I’m sure there are others you can follow.

To that end, I recently read an article entitled “7 True Stories Of People Building Incredibly Productive Morning Routines“.  The author cites some great examples of leaders and titans who could join me for coffee any morning before we get disturbed by the rest of you.

Take a read for yourself and let me know what you think.  If you want to come over to the early bird side, you can bring the doughnuts to our breakfast club.

“Morning” songs proved harder than they should have.  This classic by Cat Stevens (or “Yusef Islam”, if you’d prefer) was my first choice, but I wanted something newer…maybe even edgier.  Failing at that, I decided to stick with my original choice.  Maybe I’ll come up with a better one…in the morning!

Edited note: why didn’t I go with “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma?  I thought of it after the fact.  Oh well…next time!

Mike Schenker, MAS
Mike Schenker, MAS, is an award-winning promotional products industry professional and All That at Mike Schenker, Consulting. He’s been a distributor and a supplier, and has a view of our industry which can best be described as “unique”.  He takes the promotional products business very seriously, but not himself, and his reflections on all things imprinted can be found in his monthly column for PromoCorner.  He is one of the admins of the popular Promotional Products Professionals group on Facebook, a two-time candidate for the PPAI Board of Directors (but he’s not bitter), a member of the SAAGNY Hall of Fame, and the recipient of the 2014 PPAI Distinguished Service Award.
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