Schedule of an “Ambitious” Millennial

Hey. Welcome to 2015. Long time, no write. So, let’s just dive right in.

I read this article yesterday about the “The Morning Routines of 13 Ambitious Millennial Women” and was struck at how utterly un-ambitious they seemed. Putting aside the pervasive notion that all millennials are lazy assholes and the idea that “busy-ness does not equal success,” there are a lot of eye-opening aspects to these women’s morning routines.

Here are a few elements that caught my attention:

  • 9:00 am – get showered and dressed for work.
  • 9:30 am – on the subway and headed to the office! Listening to music and setting the tone for the day!
  • 10:00 am – Finally make it in.

That was for a Managing Producer at some place I don’t know (HRDCVR ???). But, “Finally make it in.” at 10AM?! What world do you live in? Most people have done 2-3 hours of work by then. Jeez.

  • 7:25 am – Shower/Get ready.
  • 8:15 am – Think to myself.
  • 8:20 am – Run out my house because I wasted 5 minutes thinking to myself.

“Think to myself?” Can you imagine someone sitting on the edge of the bed for however many minutes to “think to themselves?” That’s what a commute it for.

  • 10:40 am – Sad attempt at cleaning the house. Remind myself it’s only 7 more days before the cleaning lady comes back, so no big deal.
  • 10:55 am – Walk out the door, only about an hour or so late, but I have a baby, so leave me alone!

1. I wish I had time to think about cleaning the house in the morning before work.

2. I wish someone else cleaned my house.

3. Walk out the door an hour late?!

  • 2 am – Force myself to turn off Netflix.
  • 7 am – Alarm goes off and I hit snooze.

5 hours of sleep?! Treat yo self, girl, to some shut eye.

  • 8:25 am – Make a cup of coffee and relax on the couch while watching GMA. I usually spend the next 40 minutes scrolling through Twitter to see what happened over night and start looking for newsy items I might cover that day, checking Tumblr, scrolling through Instagram, etc.
  • 9:05 am – Get dressed for work and usually finish up my hair.
  • 9:20 am – Head to the subway.
  • 9:45 am – Arrive at work, grab a banana from our snack room for breakfast and get another cup of coffee.

40 minutes of morning TV watching and Instagram scrolling? Then getting to work at almost 10am again?

I’m also astonished at the number of women who 1. press snooze! and 2. don’t eat breakfast! Wake up on time and eat, people!

I know it’s not right to compare yourself to anyone else for better or for worse. According to Amy Poehler, I should say, “Good for her. Not for me.” But, please, allow me to complain about a typical Monday.

  • 4:30am – Alarm goes off. Drag myself out of bed immediately–no snooze!. Head to closet to put on workout clothes/check the WOD & weather.
  • 4:40am – Head downstairs to feed cats, brew coffee, fill water bottles, & snack on a Clif bar before heading to the gym.
  • 4:50am – Go back upstairs to brush teeth (this is the only time I have for this task in the AM).
  • 4:55am – Prep coffee in thermos & kiss Sean goodbye.
  • 5:00am – Head to gym.
  • 5:07am – Start warm up early, work out.
  • 6:15am – Leave gym, head back home for quick breakfast (2 bacons, 2 eggs, my coffee) that Sean made. Take breakfast upstairs to bathroom sink to wash face/get dressed while eating.
  • 6:40am – Head downstairs, feed cats again, fill up water bottles, pack work & school stuff into backpack, etc. Leave for work. Curse Atlanta traffic.
  • 6:40 to 7:50am – Listen to audiobook or NPR while sitting in that dumb Atlanta traffic to get to work. (Hate wasting time, should at least be learning something while sitting.)
  • 8:00am to 12:00 or 1:00pm – Work/meetings.
  • Lunchtime – Eat lunch while doing homework.
  • 12:00 or 1:00pm to 5:00pm – Work/meetings.
  • 5:00 pm – Head out to go to class; curse Atlanta traffic.
  • 5:30 to 5:45 pm – Eat random stuff from my lunchbox in my car in a dark parking garage.
  • 6:00 to 9:00pm – Sit in class, try to stay awake.
  • 9:00pm – Drive home. Try to stay awake.
  • 9:30pm – Eat random stuff, get ready for bed. Write 3 positive things about today & read for about 4 minutes with Sean while trying to stay awake.
  • 10:15pm – Pass out in bed and hope the 4:30 alarm doesn’t come soon.

I’m not the only one who has such a crazy schedule, I know. Tons of people my age, older, and younger are rocking these tight, busy schedules and getting no credit for them. No one writes articles about these kinds of people, I guess because we’re not busy founding start ups or other high-profile jobs at such a young age.

So if you’re an “ambitious” millennial that gets up early, goes to work on time, doesn’t have the free time to watch TV or “think to yourself” for 5 minutes in the morning, keep on keeping on. You’ve got this. They may not write an article about you, but at least you know you’re working for something.

4 thoughts on “Schedule of an “Ambitious” Millennial

  1. I wish I could get up at 4:30. I am so not a morning person. But I bet I would get so much more done in the mornings if I got up that early!

  2. Very ambitious schedule…heading toward burnout if continued for long stretches of time. No “brownie” points for not wasting time. Use the morning commute to relax and enjoy the drive as much as possible instead of listening to a book. Listen to music…or silence. much healthier! Happy New Year…and yes, I DO read your blogs once in a while

    1. Not every day is this busy, but you’re right. I’m giving myself a 2-year timeline for this kind of busy-ness, and then I’m stopping to prevent burnout.

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