Two weeks ago  I started my new job and said to myself, “Self, you can’t be as slack as you got the last few weeks/months at the old job. You have to get up on time, you have to carefully plan for the fact that you won’t be able to drive during the day, you better not be buying lunch more than once a week, you have to be on time, if not early every single day, and you can’t walk in looking scrubby.”

That’s a hell of a lot of demands on anyone especially at that time of the morning.

I really hope that detailing my the-night-before and morning routine doesn’t jinx me, but I’ve been keeping up with this during the business days of my new job!

The night before:

  • Fill and set the coffee maker
  • Blend up a smoothie for the next day (sometimes for the next two days!)
  • Separate leftovers into smaller containers for lunch and group together in the fridge
  • Hang up (or at least try to envision) the next day’s outfit and make sure pieces are ready to wear
  • Set the alarm for 6:20 a.m. (in order to remove self from bed at 6: 40 a.m.)

In the morning:

  • Drag self out of bed by 6:40 a.m. at the latest
  • Let Cherry and Radar outside, refill their food and water
  • Drink coffee
  • Put on pre-planned outfit (except pants if applicable)
  • Do hair and minimal makeup, keep drinking coffee
  • Load lunch into lunchbox, put into backpack with water bottle. Check weather forecast, see if umbrella and rain boots are needed
  • Keep drinking coffee, put smoothie into a to-go cup
  • Put on pants (I leave them til last to reduce the amount of dog hair that gets on them)
  • If it’s after 7:45 a.m., make sure the doors are locked, that the dogs have food and water, put Cherry in her crate
  • If it’s before 7:45 a.m., load or unload the dishwasher and maybe get it running
  • Grab book bag, purse and smoothie and leave

I am the kind of person who runs best on routines and I try to stick very rigidly to them. Starting this new job ruffled me only because it would change my routine from the one I’d been used to for the past nearly two years. I had to recalculate my whole schedule and had to build in a lot of extra time because I wasn’t sure and am still not used to the rhythms associated with working somewhere with a LOT of potential kinks in the system (unassigned parking, a 10 minute walk from the lot to my office, students, bus schedules, construction, etc.). So far I’ve been in at least a few minutes early each day and hope to stick to that schedule. It makes me look good and makes me feel less rushed and anxious in the morning.

Tripping hazards

Any tips for getting everything together and running smoothly in the morning? There’s always room for improvement and getting a few more minutes of sleep, as far as I’m concerned.