Wednesday, September 16, 2009

tick tock

morning rush
i have got to do something about my morning routine.

it took me an abnormally long time to be able to read a normal clock. this one makes my head hurt!

every single day, i sit here all calm and relaxed: eating breakfast, sipping my java and writing a morning post. often, this will be followed by a nice run, adding endorphins to spice up my early AM caffeine + serotonin cocktail. whee!! an excellent start to the day, right?

but by the time i shower, pack everything up to go, and head out the door, i am always running at least 5-10 minutes behind. i spend my commute desperate to dart around traffic, annoyed at myself for not leaving earlier, and fretting about my late appearance at clinic or conference.

i'm not a breezy "it's okay to be late!" person by nature, and it sort of kills me that my daily actions go against my philosophy of leaving extra time for things and arriving places as scheduled.

at least some of the trouble areas:

☆ i tend to get all wrapped up in what i'm writing, fixing errors and changing wording. even though my posts still may have errors, they would be worse without my AM scrutiny
☆ packing lunch in the morning often takes way longer than i think
☆ i am not good about getting my stuff together beforehand, so i waste precious minutes scrambling to put everything i need into my bag, find my keys/phone/pager, etc

beginning with . . . right now, i am going to work on a more zen start to my day. which means ending this post and getting my butt out the door for a run so that i can actually have the half hour i need to get ready afterwards! i think some of the issues would be alleviated with a bit more prep work the night before (making lunch, assembling bag), so i'll work on that as well.

does anyone else have similar issues, and do you have any advice for me? i could use all the help i can get!



workout: 40 minutes cycling (resistance 3-5) + weights
- pushups, 2 x 15
- lat pull-downs, 55 lbs, 2 x 10
- tricep pushdowns, 15 lbs, 2 x 10
- waking triple lunges, 8 lb weights, 2 x 8
- lateral/forward raises in lunge position, 6 lb weights, 2 x 10 each side
- ball plank-to-tucks, 2 x 15

doin' time: so far i am really digging the fall section! i prefer roasting to grilling, to be honest, so i am happy that i made it through the summer chapter when it seems like martha forgot there were non-BBQ methods of cooking.

this whole wheat pasta dish (shown above next to the book's image =- pretty spot on, right?) was very easy, involved minimal pans and prepwork, and the roasted eggplant, tomatoes, and onions filled our apartment with great aromas. recipe on the sidebar!

reading: an article on hypercalcemia + williams syndrome


  1. ugh. my mornings are exactly like that. some days though, i am a rockstar. i have everything packed up, lunch is already made, i wake up a few minutes earlier so i can read the interwebs a bit and have a not rushed shower and breakfast. most days though, i scramble (and run on autopilot, which means the occassional forgotten thing) and occasionally don't even have the time/energy to throw together a proper lunch. i wish i had secrets. i know what it takes, but most of the time, i'm too lazy or don't have the time to get it all ready the night before. i hate scrambling though. starts the day off on such a bad note!

  2. Anonymous8:01 AM

    Packing your lunch the night before makes a world of difference. No worrying about what to pack, just grab it and go. I also set the coffee maker the night before, so the java is ready. The smell helps get me out of bed, and it saves a minute or two of measuring!

  3. Local reader here, with insane job in healthcare with insane parking situation. I lay out my running clothes, pick out what I am wearing (down to shoes and jewelry) the night before, pack my breakfast and lunch and prep my green monster (without blending) so all I have to do is blend when I get back from my run.

    I also leave my keys and electronic devices in the same place all the time or I walk out the door without them -- and my job is not blackberry optional (unfortunately).

  4. Anonymous8:23 AM

    i'm the same way in the morning. by all appearances i should be able to get out on time but i'm always running slightly late! no real advice except that on mornings i *need* to be on time i don't even turn on my computer because i know that's where the majority of my time goes

    and that clock pic totally confused the heck out of me for a minute!

  5. if you do everything the night before, you will save time from when you do it in the mornings. i'm sure you get up plenty early, but what about getting up 5 minutes early? that plus doing stuff the night before should give you plenty of time :)

  6. I was always late too - even sans baby! Now that I can't run in the morning (it takes me 2 hours to get out the door with ciaran due to 2 feedings. So to get it down to 2 hours I pack my lunch and Ciaran's (milk can take a while - all those bottles and sterilizing) get my bag ready and get coffee ready the night before.

  7. I was never a morning person, so when we were little, my mom always had us get everything ready the night before school. Bookbags packed, lunches packed...basically all we had to do was grab and go! (After teeth brushing and all that stuff.) Definitely easier than running around in the morning looking for everything that you need.

    I find now that I go to leave my house, just to realize that I can't find my keys or that I've taken my house key off my keychain (to go running), so I probably need to start putting everything in one location so I know exactly where they are. It's the little things that can totally throw off your morning.

  8. What a strange, but neat clock!

    I try to do as much as possible the night before...and I encourage my kids to get their stuff ready to go, too!

  9. I can be the same way. Luckily my job is pretty flexible in that being 10 minutes late just means you stay after by 10 minutes. No big deal.

    I think the more you can do the night before the better. I like to have my outfit picked out, lunch packed, backpack packed, phone charged, etc. before I leave. Doesn't always happen, but it certainly makes for a calmer morning when I do.

  10. I always packed my lunch the night before when I worked mornings and that definitely helps. But yeah, I used to calmly stretch after my run, soak in the shower, and then have to rush.

  11. atilla9:42 PM

    packing lunch the night before is a great idea. my zen suggestion is something B and I do which is when running late never worry about it until you are actually late.. For instance I start surgery at 7:30 and I'm leaving the house at 7:25. She says "Are you running late?" and I answer I'm not late yet. It actually takes a little pressure off.

  12. Anonymous11:17 PM

    I agree with packing lunch the night before. I don't know when you workout, but I like to go after work so I pack my workout bag the night before too.

    Of course, as I type this, I have yet to do either.

  13. I'm the same way, and it adds so much unnecessary stress in my life! I hate being late, but I always dilly dally to the very last minute. I no longer run in the morning for this reason, since I found that to be my biggest cause of delay. It's also nice not having to rush my run or cut it short.

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