This may be an odd question, but I thought it’d be a fun question for today: do you take time for yourself in the morning, or do you just get up and go to work? When I was working in BigLaw I decided that I desperately wanted to do certain things and just was not fitting them into my life anywhere else — sometimes it was reading good books; sometimes it was working out; sometimes it was trying to do a challenge like National Novel Writing Month. What I found, time and time again, was that the only time I could find that was reliably my own was first thing in the morning. (In fact, in our last discussion on morning routines for successful people, that was my advice — figure out what’s important to you and do it in the morning!) So I started getting up earlier and earlier, but kept going in to work at my usual time. This system of getting up early to get my “me time” in made me happy and feel like I was getting more accomplished. (There was also a significant rebellious feeling — kind of along the lines of “sure, I may have sold my soul but ha ha they can’t have all of it!”)
A few years later I was talking with an older man who had also been a BigLaw lawyer and somehow we got on the subject of our morning routines — his was to get up, shower, and go to work. “So you just GET UP AND GO TO WORK?” I asked incredulously. Now, of course, it’s probably worth noting that he was more successful in his law career than I was — and I think he enjoyed it more. (And, of course, as a man, he wasn’t getting a lot of ladies’ magazines telling him to “take time for himself!” or recounting the importance of “me time.”) Still, the conversation has stuck with me — so let’s discuss, ladies:
does your morning routine account for “me time” — or do you just get up and go to work?
has this changed with different jobs — do you think how happy or unhappy you are with your work situation affects how you spend your personal time?
we’ve talked about midday workouts, as well as “homing from work” before (where you spend so much time at work that it may be acceptable to do some personal tasks at the office) — but I’m curious, for those of you who do “just get up and go to work,” where do you find your “me time”?
finally — at the end of the year we invariably start to take stock of the past year and how we hope next year will be different — will your resolutions include a change in your morning routine?