Creature of Good Habits: Start & End with a Kiss
Observes quitting time: The exact hour changes, but she always declares when work ends and relaxation begins. At 8:30 p.m., she brushes her teeth (to prevent after-dinner raids). Kisses Jamie goodnight. 10:30 p.m. bedtime.
Wakes at 6 a.m. Kisses her husband, Jamie. Works for one hour before Jamie and daughters, Eleanor, 10, and Eliza, 16, get up. Eats breakfast (three eggs cooked in butter; low-carb all the way). Walks Eleanor to school. Replies to emails before work. On Tuesdays, she walks with a friend. (“Just putting it on the calendar makes a huge difference.”) On Wednesdays, she picks up Eliza from school and heads to a weekly adventure, such as visiting a museum. (“It sounds kind of dorky,” says Eliza. “But it’s actually really nice.”) The preternaturally practical Gretchen Rubin boasts few bad habits of her own (although she confesses to twirling her hair and drinking too many Diet Cokes). Instead, she fills her days with routines that fuel her work and happiness.
Rubin, with hubby Jamie