From Penelope Loves Lists Founder Meredith Monday Schwartz
I’m fascinated by people’s routines. I always have been. And even more so by the routines of highly efficient Penelopes. How do we set up our days for success? Is everyone different, or are there just a few ways to get this right? I wonder…
So, I’m introducing a series on the Morning Routines of Penelopes. These are women who know how to hustle their muscles in the morning and always get to work on time. I’ll let them tell you how they do it.
First up, Angela:
- Marital status: married
- Occupation: regional sales for Here Comes The Guide
- Number of children/ages: 1 daughter, 18 months old
- Wake up time: 5:30am
- Average hours of sleep: 7 hours
- Wake-up inspiration: no alarm clock or anything! Natural morning person.
- Keys to success: quiet time, teamwork, preparation
The rundown: My routine is all about quiet work and teamwork. My husband and I work together to get our day started off right.
5:30am: Each morning, I make coffee and bring it back to bed at 5:30 a.m. While I’m doing that, my husband feeds our English bulldog.
We then get 15 minutes to watch the morning news together. We don’t chat too much as we don’t have the necessary caffeine streaming through our systems yet but we can lean on each other. That’s a great way to start the day.
5:45am: I prep breakfasts and lunches (we all eat at our places of work/daycare) and lay out Michaela’s clothes for the day. Meanwhile, my husband makes the bed.
6am: I start my work day and the man uses that time to work out. It’s a crucial hour for both of us, getting our heads right before things get too busy.
7am: Michaela, 18 months, is up and B gets her dressed in the clothes I’ve laid out for her while I throw myself together.
7:10am: I do the Montessori drop off shortly thereafter so B can get out the door.
7:20am: Back to work at my desk, ready for the day. I’ll get my workout in a bit later at a pre-set interval.
What one piece of my routine would de-rail my morning? Not getting my quiet time first thing. If Michaela doesn’t sleep/lay there and suck a thumb til 7am, my work day and prep time would be completely thrown off. I NEED prep time. And “me” time. And yes, that can be spent making lunches. As long as it’s quiet, I’m good.
It’s been really important that we sleep train Michaela, and stick to a regular routine, so she knows when wake up time really is! She does a great job and loves her own “me time”, often happily talking to herself for a few minutes before 7am. Because the routine never varies, she knows exactly what to expect.
I get up just as early on the weekends so that I can still have that alone time. It really is a requirement.
Our morning wake up call looks like this:
Out the door with Michaela’s lunch bag ready and waiting.
Oh, Angela. Michaela’s sweet face always makes me smile. And your discipline to get up that early astounds me. And the fact that you do it without an alarm of any kind? Mind. Blown.
Now, Penelope: would YOU like to share your Morning Routine with the rest of the Penelope world? Nothing has to be earth-shatteringly original, just effective in getting your day started. And that day can include work at an office or home or the really hard work of staying at home with your kids. It all requires routines and strategies. And we all do it in our own way.
If you want to be featured, send me the details and a couple photos via email to penelopeloveslists AT gmail DOT com and let’s share our best practices with each other. Come ON… I’m so fascinated by this stuff. (And if you’re a blogger, I’ll be sure to share your blog’s details, too. Love to do that.)