I’ve probably written at least a dozen morning routine posts over the years, because it’s always changing! But since I had a recent request, here is the current one:
4:40 or so: alarm (using iPhone Bedtime alarm)
4:50 downstairs. Coffee is set to brew on a timer and is hot/ready when I get downstairs (VERY IMPORTANT. This has become a mandatory ritual for me.)
5:00 plan out day using daily Hobonichi page. Create to do list and schedule referring to weekly view to do so.
5:10 write a post. Or podcast prep if needed. Sometimes read a bit.
5:40 workout. Run or BB. (Yesterday = successful tempo run in 55F temperatures; today = plan is BB Extreme Upper Fix)
6:30 (really ideally 6:20, will aim for that today!) shower. On a good day, G sleeps until 6:45. On many days, she’s up at 6:20 or so and Josh will get her if I’m finishing a workout or in shower
6:45 breakfast w/ kids. (Nothing elaborate; cereal/fruit vs bagel/cream cheese and on rare occasions oatmeal or eggs). Make sure they get dressed/brush teeth.
7:20 out the door if I am taking the kids (usually 3/5 days; Monday I leave at 7:15 and go straight to work for resident AM report, and often Thursday Josh takes the kids). Park at playground. Walk w/ stroller while big kids scooter OR drive to drop them off. Whole thing takes ~30 min for just the big kid drop off (due to scootering OR car pool line).
7:50 drive to drop of G (on way to work)
8:10 drop off G
8:30 arrive at work
CALL LOG DAY 1:
Hours worked: 8:40 – 7 pm. Took break for 40 minutes at lunchtime to read/eat in peace. Work meeting from 5:45 – 7 pm took up the end of this. Total hours = 9 hours 40 minutes (9.6 hours)
Calls outside of work hours: 3. One at 8:26 pm, one at 8:54 pm, one at 3:45 am (womp womp). Without going into specifics, I partially blame myself for that last one because some very strategic education could have prevented it. Next time! Sadly I could not fall back asleep after that, so today may be rough.
Grade: B+. I was really busy (accumulated 21,000 steps — yes 9,000 was my run but the rest was walking back and forth from hospital to clinic and back what seemed like 20 times). 2 new consults, 2 discharges, 2 follow ups (one very complicated), and 3 outpatients. (That doesn’t sound like that many patients to many of you, I am sure — but it is a pretty typical call day load for the size of our program).
Since I tracked time, for the record:
Hours spent w/ kids: ~2 (morning, then hanging with G and dropping her off because Josh actually took the big kid early yesterday, and a brief snippet at bedtime)
Hours spent exercising: 0.75
Hours spent “relaxing”: 1.8 (my lunch break, my morning, and briefly having dinner with Josh after kids in bed)
Hours spent asleep: 6.5. Not enough for my taste.