Monday Start-Up: The Morning Routine

by Rachel Yeomans | February 11th, 2013   

So here is a snapshot into my New York morning routine.

  • 8:30am – Wake up
  • 9am – Really wake up
  • 9:30am – Scan the New York Times and Twitter
  • 10am – The work-day begins with email, all in the comfort of my pajamas

working from home Monday Start Up: The Morning Routine

Now, my Chicago routine.

  • 6:30am – Wake up (no snooze button for you!)
  • 7:45am – Wait for the El among the hordes of other pre-caffeinated (and slightly cranky) commuters
  • 8:30am – After two train transfers, arrive at the office and bee-line towards the coffee pot
  • 8:40am – The work-day begins with email, in our company office, and with more coffee

chicago el car Monday Start Up: The Morning Routine

Now I do love the new office, I truly do. And it is nice going into a workplace again (working from home can be a bit lonely at times), however there are moments when I really really miss those late New York mornings. Maybe getting up early is a Midwest thing? All I know is that when I see an 8am meeting pop up on my calendar, a slight growl forms in the base of my throat.

And yes, I know I’m more productive (and healthier) in Chicago versus in New York. My evening routines in New York usually result in stopping work around midnight and unwinding until 2am (hello Firefly and Dr. Who marathons!). In Chicago it’s more of a midnight bed time (sometimes admittedly even 11pm). Plus I am able to catch up on more podcasts on those train rides.

My work-life balance is much much more “balanced” here in the Windy City, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to relish that sleeping-in time during my next trip to New York. Until then, perhaps I’ll see you on the train!