11 Ways to Improve Your Morning Routine

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You clicked on this didn't you? It was probably the headline that got you. Unfortunately, you will not find "eleven ways to improve your mornings" in this blog. Sorry to trick you, but I did it to prove a point. Not only do we seek out bite-sized content to read and watch, but it has to have a "clickbait-y" headline to match. We've been successfully trained by Buzzfeed.

All you have to do is scroll through your Facebook feed (don't do it now, you were probably doing it a second ago anyway). Either it's a gloomy headline, "17 ways to ____", or a test to find out what Disney princess you're most like. These things are fine, to a point. But if a majority of the news, literature, and stories you consume are of this nature, you're missing out.

I recently read How The New York Times Works, a story by Popular Mechanics on the inner workings of the most revered news outlet in the world. It's not an engrossing title, and the piece is tl:dr (too long, didn't read), but you should read it. It took me several days of interspersed reading, but it's a well-written, heavily invested piece of reporting. 

Maybe that's not your favorite topic to read about. So find something that is. "Eleven ways to use duct tape," is not a literary genre. I don't guilt you for reading it, I read things like that myself (though I find most of the websites containing these disposable articles atrocious to navigate). But make sure some of your time reading, watching, and learning is focused on something valuable. Something that took longer than 10 minutes to write, and takes longer than 30 seconds to consume.

Stephen Robles

Story Group, Lakeland, FL

Director of Creative Arts & Technology @WeAreCrossing | Snapchat + Instagram: stephenrobles