How Many Hours are You Awake Before Starting Your Day?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by HappyDude20, Jan 14, 2010.


How Many Hours You Up Before "Starting" Your Day?

  1. 1

    42 vote(s)
  2. 2

    17 vote(s)
  3. 3

    5 vote(s)
  4. More Than 4....Seriously?

    3 vote(s)
  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    I'm wondering what the collective is in regards to how many hours people are awake from waking up in the morning and starting their day; whatever that may mean, such as going to school or work.

    Years ago I would wake up 30 minutes before having to rush to class at University, and was stressed out all the time, un-productive.

    As of late i'm up about an hour and a half before having to drive to class, giving me enough time to enjoy my shower, cook a real breakfast, check up on emails leisurely and prepare for my day. Though admittedly think I could use 2 hours or even 3...but who has the time?

    Especially when wanting at least 7 hours of sleep.

    Tonight in itself has been a long night of studying and organizing things around, perhaps only giving me 7 hours of sleep if I stop typing now and doze off.


    As this article explains, some higher up's have an early morning routine:
  2. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Depends on the day. If I'm working to meet a deadline then I generally work all the hours in the day, if not then it could be 4 hours, 30 minutes. Most of my work is the usual self-employed stuff and the only person I work with is a musician so there's no need for me to get up at silly o'clock, even if I do go to bed around that time.
  3. anim8or macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2006
    Scotland, UK
    I have an hour or so commute to work so i normally get up really early to beat the traffic and end up at work an hour or so early....

    So i guess i get up about 3 hours before starting the day properly, the drive is great for preparing my head for the day of work ahead and thinking through what needs done etc.
  4. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Being a student I don't have to be up the same time each day. However I still get up at 8, keeping my body clock in a 'working' mode. So, thus far I have been up 2 hours and not done any work. :(
  5. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2007
    Beach, FL
    Not EVEN an hour, lol. I milk that snooze button for all its worth! I'd say 10 mminutes then I'm out the door! haha.
  6. King Mook Mook macrumors 6502

    I'm a student but I try to keep a routine going... I get up, have a shower, get changed and then eat breakfast and then I am straight to work or whatever I need to do. So definitely less than one hour.

    King Mook Mook
  7. spillproof macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2009
    My class schedule this semester screwed up my morning routine. My first class of every day starts around 2pm. So it is 5:30am now and my alarm goes off at 1pm so I'll get about 8 hours of sleep.

    Both my roommate and I are night owls anyway although he passed out a few hours ago playing COD.
  8. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I wake up 30-35 minutes before I leave for work. In that time, I eat my muesli, take a shower, get dressed, and go to work.

    I check MR and my email while commuting to work, which takes around 45 - 60 minutes. I get to work and give myself 5-10 minutes to get prepared --- make a tea/coffee, check hockey news stories, take a dump, wash my hands *cough*.

    So I guess I start my day after 1 hour and 45 minutes. :)
  9. anim8or macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2006
    Scotland, UK
    I bet your as fresh as a daisy lol.... :D
  10. c-Row macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    That's my worst case scenario as well. Usually I get up half an hour before leaving the house, but there are days when I just can't wake up.
  11. DoNoHarm macrumors 65816


    Oct 8, 2008
    usually an hour for me, but today my cat woke me up at 3am instead of 6. the kicker is, I didn't realize it was 3 until i was well awake. now it doesen't make sense to go back to sleep. man, I can't believe i said "kicker".... i must really be braindead at this hour. :(
  12. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    I use 26 minutes: Get up, put the tea water on, put some jam (or cold cuts) on a frozen piece of bread, feed the cat, pour a cup of tea, brush my teeth, shower, get dressed, drink the infused and nicely warm tea and eat the now thawed piece of bread while getting on the shoes and jacket, and leave the apartment.

    If I sit down I just space out for anything between half an hour and half a day...
  13. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Typically work at home in the mornings. I wake up and, boom, I'm working, so I couldn't vote.

    That allows me to work later into the night, which is when I prefer to have my 'quiet' time.
  14. tooz macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2009
  15. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
  16. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    i am up at 6 at work by 8 - I actually arrive 20 minutes early, gives me the chance to get a water and have a sit down and plan the day before the rest of the staff arrive.
  17. conch575 macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    My day doesn't even start anymore since I am on School Holidays.. But when I have to work, it usually starts about 30 minutes after I get up.. Since I don't need much time to get ready, get dressed, put on a bit of makeup etc.
  18. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    before i work i generally give myself 2 hours to get up, shower, eat brekky and check MR (hehe).

    before uni i normally need to be up 1hr before i leave, it takes an hr to travel to uni so 2hrs again. :)
  19. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I have weird sleeping patterns and only sleep 4-5 hours per night. I'd say I'm usually up by 4:30 and go to work at 8:30.
  20. callmemike20 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2007
    I believe in taking care of myself and a balanced diet and rigorous exercise routine. I wake up at 4:30am. In the morning if my face is a little puffy I'll put on an ice pack while doing stomach crunches. I can do 1000 now. After I remove the ice pack I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower I use a water activated gel cleanser, then a honey almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub. Then I apply an herb-mint facial mask which I leave on for 10 minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an after shave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion. Then, I put on the suit of the day, tie my shoes, and walk to the my front door where I will grab my WSJ. I will sit down, at my kitchen table, with my legs up on the table, read the WSJ and drink my latte from Starbucks that my wife brings home for me every morning. Once I have read the WSJ front to back, I take a long journey to the pantry and grab a nature valley bar, peanut butter preferred. (Unless my wife buys that Oats and Honey crap, then I just go with a chewy bar). I kiss the kids goodbye and continue to the garage, where I will enter my car and drive away. 30 minute ride to work. During that time, I make a few calls, close a few deals, and make a ton of money.

    That's my morning.
  21. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005

    My day starts the second I get out of the shower so technically 20 minutes. If you mean how long until the start work? 1 hour usually at the very most.
  22. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    10-15 minutes. Out of bed, into shower, dressed and into the car.
  23. ethical macrumors 68000

    Dec 22, 2007
    I can't tell if you're being serious or not?!
  24. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    I think he's "quoting" Patrick Bateman.

Share This Page