Crea­ture of Good Habits: Start & End with a Kiss

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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

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