We realized last night that we should begin to settle into a predictable routine with Henry. There are many different schools of thought on putting babies on ‘schedules.’ Henry is far too young for a clock-driven schedule, but I know he’d probably benefit from some sort of routine. The first few weeks with a newborn are so crazy; there was no rhyme or reason to when we went to bed or woke up. But this week, I’m going to tackle getting into a morning routine – at least doing the same things in the same order every day.
So far, our routine includes waking up with the sun and having breakfast.
(The world needs more duck-footed pajamas.)
And then we go for a walk with the dogs.
I’m hoping that, over the next few months, we can extend these walks and transform them into runs. Since I’m still recovering, we’ve been doing 10 minutes once a day.
And then Henry eats again. And I eat, too.
French toast with Greek yogurt, sunflower seeds, and blackberries.
What’s your morning routine? I just described mine! Wake up, feed Henry, change Henry, go for a walk, wake up the Husband, make breakfast and feed the dogs, feed and change Henry again, sneak in a shower if I can, and sit down to get some work done. Oh, and coffee happens at some point.
Do you consider yourself to be an organized person? Kind of. I’m organized about some things but not others. I kept meticulous date books in high school and college (I still have them – it’s fun to flip through ‘em). Now, my iPhone really helps keep me on track – I use the notes function and reminder lists to stay on top of my assignments; the calendar ensures I don’t miss meetings. However, beyond the day-to-day stuff, I’m pretty disorganized about paperwork. I only recently realized that some adults keep actual filing cabinets of their personal paperwork (I spied a filing drawer at Nicole’s and realized she kept all her utility stubs!). I started to keep a filing cabinet when we moved and feel so much better about my paperwork – it’s no longer in a big messy pile on my desk!
What jobs have you held? I started working when I was 16. In order, I have been: a cashier at a grocery store, a salesperson at Limited Too, a sexual assault peer counselor, a career peer counselor, a cashier at a used textbook store, a bartender at a Mexican restaurant, a columnist for a publication called The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, a freelance writer, an urban planner, an author, a blogger / social media consultant, a motivational speaker, and a secretary at my husband’s clinic. I’ve also sporadically picked up odd jobs like working at a dog kennel over the holidays (hardest job ever), proctoring professor reviews at colleges, and being a medical experiment guinea pig.
Your turn! What’s your morning like? Are you tidy and on time? And what gigs have you held?