School has started for two of my three toddlers - I've got one in kindergarten now, and one in preschool - and I have to say, it's the best thing ever to happen to my commute. Previously my wife and I would wake up anytime between 6:45 and 7:15, try to catch some highlights of the news and then scramble around the house doing everything that needs doing until about 7:30, when I had to go to work. On most days she'd have half the kids dressed and then she's on her own. Meanwhile I'd fly out the door half the time with no breakfast or lunch and forgetting to take the trash out, copy down phone numbers, and basically any other errands I was supposed to do.
Well, here's the new schedule:
- Alarm goes off at 5:45.
- Watch about 15 minutes of the news, Tivo-style, so we can fastforward through the commercials, the multiple editions of the weather (you only need one, right?) and the useless traffic reports.
- Get up, get showered and dressed, start making beds.
- Kids start waking up around 6:30 or so.
- Everybody downstairs for breakfast by 7am.
Think about that. Not only is everything done before I leave, it's done with half an hour to spare. No rushing. I have time to eat my breakfast instead of taking it with me in the car - and I have time to sit and eat it with my family. Then I can pack a lunch, do a quick morning email check, and still get out the door 10 minutes earlier than I normally did.
Can't really ask for a better way to start the day than that. They say early rising is the way to go, but I'll tell ya, when the whole house is early rising, it's even better.