One of the questions in my survey and to get you to think about your morning and being productive (organized) was a question about the use of your smartphone in the morning. Well, I know many of you use your phone as an alarm to get you up in the morning. This is definitely a convenient way of having “everything” next to your bed, but in my research, I found a study from the IDC research company that provides really alarming statistics about what the average person between the ages of 18 – 44 does in the morning with the smartphone.
If 4 out of 5 users greet their smartphone within the first 15 minutes, what is this telling us? This is also providing data that many of these users are not getting out of their beds either prior to reading or using their phones. (Click picture to read the statistics.)
What happened to the morning Cup of Joe?
The tradition of having prayer or meditation within the first 15 minutes was of the norm for many years ago; however, many users are turning to social media to check to see who answered their last post, the number of likes on their last selfie, or to see what their friends are doing next.
54% of people drink coffee daily and if we consider when they drink it many be more of a tale, tale sign as well; however, what I did notice is that according to John Hopkins University, “Get up 15 minutes earlier. You can fix and consume a healthy breakfast in 15 minutes or less.” Image now what you can do for that first fifteen minutes. That is a way to consider a healthy start to one’s day.
Assignment: Consider what you do in our first 15 minutes of waking up. Did you reach for your phone to check your email or social media, did you say a prayer or mediate or did you consider what you were going to fix for breakfast. I am hoping that you answered one of the last two!
“Always Connected: How Smartphones and Social Media Keep Us Connected”. IDC Research. July 21, 2014. https://fb-public.app.box.com/s/3iq5x6uwnqtq7ki4q8wk
“Tips on eating a quick and healthy breakfast”. John Hopkins University. Maryland. Student Affairs July 21, 2014. http://www.jhsph.edu/offices-and-services/student-affairs/_documents/Breakfast