A how-to for mornings: Step 1, coffee. Step 2, more coffee. Step 3, ugh.
But honestly – my average mornings really do go a lot like the one Viola Hastings has on the day of the Cornwall vs. Illyria soccer game in She’s The Man.* I’m always waking up late, trying to find the right outfit and trying to get to the game (or job) on time.
In my mad rush to get out of the house on time, I somehow always seem to forget to check the news. Which can be really inconvenient when I walk into the office and my co-workers are talking about that day’s headlines, thus forcing me to make a bunch of noncommittal noises when they ask my opinion on the matter.
And while that may seem like a laugh if you’re reading this at home, I’ll have you know that it’s not. I’ve avoided it so far, but one of these days I may just put myself in the unfortunate position of coming off as ill informed or out of touch with the world. Which are not two of the best things to be when you work in public relations.
I’ve always thought that following the news was something that only grown-ups did, so I never worried about it. Until I realized that I’m 23 years old and should probably start considering myself an adult. (Sort of.)
Hence the sudden interest in now getting the news every morning. Because lets face it – as the up and coming girl bosses of the workforce, its imperative that we be well informed and plugged in.
So I took matters into my own hands. And I advise you to do the same. With a little research, I came up with the perfect solution. A daily newsletter sent to my inbox Monday – Friday.
Granted, I can only take up about five minutes of my morning with the news since I always seem to be running late, but five minutes is all you need these days. After all, a good news source should be able to get that day’s top stories across in less than five minutes.
Since long reading times were a deal breaker for me, I kept that in mind when looking for the perfect newsletter. And I came up with a few options that are quick reads, giving you just enough info to keep you in the loop. You’re welcome in advance.
1) theSkimm: Get your weekday news in style. theSkimm condenses the most important news of the morning into pithy summaries and insightful commentary, even making political debates fun with specially made drinking games. It’s kind of like getting the news from your witty best friend every morning. Calling all girl bosses. (Sign up here.)
2) Mashable: Personalized to your reading habits, the Mashable newsletter will send you the top stories, along with articles it thinks you will be interested in. Additionally, Mashable has a Velocity Alert system that will send you articles that are in the process of going viral. The Mashable App provides easy access and easy reading for those morning commutes – just don’t be the one driving. (Sign up here.)
3) The Li.st: This e-newsletter comes three times a week and is all things girl boss. Created by veteran journalists Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol, The Li.st highlights the great things that are being done and made by women today. It’s their promise that the e-newsletter is “100% dude-safe… just not 100% dude-centric.” So your boyfriend might consider skipping this one. (Sign up here.)
4) Need2Know: Similar to theSkimm, Need2Know provides summaries of the days top news stories laced with pop-culture references. Quick to make you laugh, Need2Know gives you a great mix of breaking news, politics, sports, business, media and entertainment. With the added bonus of one hilarious tweet per day. (Sign up here.)
5) The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet: Think of this as the Spark Notes version of Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Associated Press and Reuters all in one. This e-newsletter comes twice a day (mornings and afternoons) and offers up the days top stories, providing a summary, photo and link to each original article. (Sign up here.)
With any luck, you’ll end up signing up for one of these great news sources. Or if you’re like me, you’ll sign up for all of them and get overwhelmed by the tiny red email notifications. Same difference.
* If you’ve never seen ‘She’s the Man,’ go watch it, then you can come back and finish reading this.