Shamelessly stolen from ProBlogger, I liked the idea of their post, so here goes nothing.
How I spend the first ten minutes online in the morning...
1. Open up Gmail
I open up my Gmail and see what mail I've received overnight and what comments might need to be moderated [if I'm in the comments moderation mode]. Usually I don't answer any mail until later in the morning, but I'll see what needs to be addressed, at least.
2. Open up Google Reader
...to see what kind of activity there has been since the previous evening Sift. There are a few feeds that I'll check immediately, but mostly I'm just getting an idea of the volume of activity so I can mentally calculate how much time composing the Sift is going to take me.
3. Check My Stats
Usually just a simple scan of what my numbers were like for the day before and how they're trending for the current day. I also like to determine where people are coming from to see if someone has linked to me.
None of this is done before I've made myself a cup of coffee, of course.
After finishing the above three items, I'll begin the Sift and then transition into the Cooler.
So does your morning online routine look similar to mine?