I’m not a fan of mornings. While for some people getting up is a scene from a Disney film, for me it’s closer to a session of resurrection. With time, though, I got to learn some tricks and built up a few enjoyable rituals, like savoring the aroma of a good espresso, meditating with the soothing voice of Andy Puddicombe of Headspace, and jotting down quick ideas in my notebook as the day sets off. Here are some of my favorite morning tools.

  1. Alarm Clock by Menu ($185 at All Modern)
  2. Toothpaste by Aesop ($17 at Cult Beauty)
  3. Toothbrush by Quip ($40 at Quip)
  4. Moisturizer by Kiehl’s ($42 on Bloomingdales)
  5. Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser by Aesop ($57 at Mankind)
  6. Barista Express Espresso Machine by Breville ($587 on Amazon)
  7. Headspace meditation app for iPhone (Download on iTunes)
  8. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius ($10 on Amazon)
  9. Notebook by Traveler’s Company ($42 on Amazon)
  10. Vanishing Point Pen by Pilot ($122 on Amazon)