One of our favorite activities is watching real-estate reality shows on Hulu, such as ‘Island Life’, ‘Caribbean Life’, and ‘House Hunters International’. The shows are pretty much all the same format with an individual or couple looking to buy a place with a list of requirements, and a price point that makes it difficult for them to get everything they want. The realtor will then walk then through multiple properties until they find the home of their dreams.
When going through the homes, one of the first thing many of the prospective homeowners look for is a ‘place to have their morning coffee’. This was not something I was thinking of back when I bought my current home several years ago, but now realize that I have a morning routine, including a place for coffee.
I am very much a creature of habit, particularly on weekdays. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, I will get up a 6, ride my Peloton for 30 to 45 minutes, before cleaning up, getting dressed, and heading to the kitchen for breakfast. Every day now I sit in the same place enjoying my breakfast and coffee. This is when I check in on my investments and do related research to see what I should do next. Generally that would be checking Bloomberg, The WSJ, Motley Fool, and my feed on Apple News. This is also when I would update my blog, and check in on other blogs. For instance, I am in my coffee place right now as I write this.
On Wednesdays and Fridays, I would get up at 7 and essentially do the same schedule, minus the Peloton ride. Same goes for the weekends, except then I would get up at some point between 8 and 9. Point is, in all these cases, there needs to be at least an hour for me to enjoy my coffee, in my coffee place.
In the days before COVID, I would generally head out to catch the train to work around 8:15. Now, however, since my commute essentially involves going downstairs to our extra bedroom, my coffee time has been extended to 9.
A few weeks ago, my wife asked me if I was wanted to move my alarm to half an hour or so later, given that it does not appear I will be returning to the office commute downtown any time soon. However, I have come to appreciate my coffee time and have settled in to my place for coffee. Sure, by getting up earlier I could get an extra half hour of sleep, but I would lose half an hour for me to do my morning routine, half an hour in my place for coffee, and half an hour for me to get ready for my day.