Phone alarm. Snooze it. 15 more minutes. 15 more minutes wrapped in familiar
smells and purple sheets with photos of family faces and places traveled
looking down on me.
Phone alarm. Snooze it. No, don’t snooze it, remember last Monday? Running to
my flight gate in high heels is never fun. Try to get up. Open one eye; its
dark outside. Who wants to see this side of the morning? No one. Just get up.
18 minutes until my taxi gets here. 18 minutes?! Frantic panic sets in. Quick:
did I bring enough clothes? Will anyone notice if I wear this suit twice this
week? Where’s my toothbrush? Where’s my hair brush? Where are my running shoes?
Zip my suitcase and run downstairs right now. Wait: brush my teeth first.
Brush, brush, read emails from manager who is also already awake and… working…
brush, brush, brush, respond to urgent email, brush, brush, brush, read
reminder email about team social outing event in New York City this week. Oh
no, I completely forgot. Brush, brush, spit. Run, get jeans, get shirt, and
stuff them both in the top of my suitcase. I heard the taxi honking: run, for
real this time.
Check in. Print boarding pass. Enter priority line. Still wait 15 minutes.
Security. Coffee. Yogurt. Coffee. More coffee. Board flight. Attempt to stuff
carry on in overhead compartment. Gate check carry on… darn those jeans. Sit
down. Window seat. Pretend to read the paper. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.
Didn’t I drink coffee this morning? Bumpy landing. Deplane.
Time to breathe. Rent a car and drive to the client. This will be a 45 minute
process at least. What do I do? Listen to my own music, get mentally prepared
for the day, and know what’s coming. What’s on my plate today: two client
meetings, a deliverable review with my Manager, and a feedback session with my
Senior Consultant. I’m ready for all of those things. When am I going to get to
that Minneapolis office recruiting to-do list? Later.
The things I’ve learned from working at Deloitte in the past
year span across professional, personal, and general life lessons. What a
typical, and albeit hectic, Monday morning rushing from my condo to the airport
to my airplane has taught me is to always keep it together. Monday mornings
aren’t the only time that I, and let’s say many consultants, are rushed and
stressed. In fact, Monday mornings are a great anecdote for many of the
situations that you’re guaranteed to find yourself in once you become a
consultant. Take a couple of very typical situations for example: the week of a
deliverable deadline, a last minute ask from the Lead Client Partner, or the
second a mistake is found in the financial model you’re about to present to
your Manager. While all of these scenarios can be a little bit scary, can get
your heart pumping a little higher than normal, and can generally make you
sweat, they are also all situations that, as a consultant, you become very
familiar and comfortable with. It is in these moments that you, even as a
junior resource, are called on to identify a solution, develop a plan to
achieve it, present your next steps, and deliver a great product. The Firm, the
Partner, the client, or maybe just the waiting plane, depend on you and the
feeling of being able to deliver is one of great achievement.
Let’s just say, that even when I think I could wake up a
little bit earlier on Monday morning’s and get to the airport with enough time
leisure time to hang out in the lounge, I hit snooze one more time, fall back
asleep for 15 more minutes, and get ready for the hectic, stressful, and
perfectly timed morning that I know and love.
Brittany Genelin is a 2nd-year Business Analyst out of the Minneapolis office. She earned a degree in Marketing from the University of Minnesota.