When things get busy at work, we're really busy. Hardly time to catch up on news, to read the blogs, or to write posts. When I'm busy my normal chess routine is severely disrupted. Which got me asking: what's your own chess routine?
Ordinarily I'm up early to catch up on regular news. After that, I take a few minutes to scan the usual big chess sites: Chessbase and TWIC, of course, and lately I've been heading over to ChessVibes and ChessDom almost without fail. Then I check out the blogs to see what people are talking about. Being a blogger, this habit is kind of important. Then I also take the time to log onto Google News and search for "chess". Most times, nothing special comes up, but that's essentially how I get those articles you read about.
At night, it's play time. It's ICC for me, although I head over to playchess.com when I can be bothered to remember. I knock off about 10 or so 1-minute games over a span of 30 minutes and that's about it. It's either off to work after that (I log in remotely) or write a quick post like this one.
Also, about once or twice a week I check my chesspublishing.com account for the latest updates. ChessPublishing is about my only other paid chess subscription, only recently signed up and I thoroughly recommend it. GM Ruslan Scherbakov's "d4-d5" section is a must read.