I haven’t done a “A Day in the Life” post in a long, long time and when the topic came up for the Tuesday Topics linkup with Kookyrunner and Zenaida, I thought it was a great opportunity to share a glimpse into a typical day of my WFH life (loosely based on last week).
5:40 am — My sleep cycle app rouses me out of my light sleep phase and I hit the snooze function a couple of times (which means I just briefly lift my phone and place it back on the nightstand. That’s all it takes. No unlocking your phone to press a button). I don’t really need to get out of bed until 6 am, but I like to gently wake up.
6:00 am — I get out of bed, throw on my workout clothes (that I have put out the night before, because I am organized like that) and do a quick bathroom routine (brush hair and put it in a ponytail, wash face, brush teeth).
6:25 am — I start my 5 minute warm-up session.
6:30 am — I open the front door (the mornings have been so lovely lately) and get on the Peloton bike which is right by the door. I start a 45 minute sweaty workout. It’s been power zone rides lately. I love them. Especially the endurance rides.
7:15 am — I get off the bike and follow up with a 20 min strength workout or yoga session (I try to mix it up during the week) and some stretching. Never skip the stretches!
7:40 am — Workout done! Time for a quick shower and getting ready to start work. Since I am not leaving the house, I can throw on some comfy clothes, start the coffee maker and air-dry my hair.
8:00 am — I log into my work laptop and skim my emails to see if there is anything that needs immediate attention. Then I get my first cup of coffee and breakfast. It’s either overnight oats with berries (which I just heat for a couple of minutes in the microwave) or a slice of rye bread with jam.
9:00 am — I have my first weekly check-in meeting for one of my projects. It’s a photogrammetry project where I am building a digital 3D model from historic aerial imagery. Very interesting and fun!
10:30 am — Meeting is over and I can finally get my second cup of coffee. I keep working on the photogrammetry project and also try to stay on top of keeping good notes along the way. I switched from handwritten notes to keeping a OneNote notebook because it’s so much easier to organize (and search!) your notes if you’re looking for specific information.
12:00 pm — I make a quick lunch (tomato soup with toast-croutons this week) and call my parents and sister over FaceTime. The time difference to Germany can be tricky, especially during the week and I don’t have a ton of opportunities to just call, but when it’s lunch time here, it’s 9 pm in Germany, so that’s the time when we get the chance to check in a few times a week.
1:00 pm— Back to work and I am switching gears in my head because I have a Teams meeting for another project coming up.
2:00 pm — My second check-in meeting for the day for the other project that I am working on. This project is about water availability in California. A hot topic, as you can imagine.
I split my time between two projects right now and generally, I like these weekly check-ins (we have a couple throughout the week) because they keep everyone up to date on progress, but they also sometimes screw up your productivity. Not sure what the solution is here.
3:15 pm — I keep working on my second project in the afternoon. It’s mostly spreadsheet and GIS work right now. I try to split my day (if possible) into two work sessions (with the focus on one project in the morning and on the other in the afternoon). It’s not always possible, but it’s difficult (mentally) to keep jumping around between the two projects, so I try to avoid it if I can.
6:30 pm — I wrap up my work day and close my laptop. Sometimes I return after dinner to finish up a task (the perks and curses of working from home!), but I usually try to finish whatever task I am working on before dinner time.
6:45 pm — I go in the backyard and check on my plants and water them. Lettuce and spinach seeds have sprouted! Yay!
7:00 pm — Jon starts getting stuff out from the fridge and we start dinner together. I chop and cook, Jon cleans up as we go. I like our arrangement.
7:30 pm — We sit down to eat and talk. We had Greek kale salad with turkey meatballs last week – one of our summer favorites! (It’s a tweaked version of this recipe, and I’ll share the updated recipe soon!)
8:00 pm — We catch up on some news. We can only handle it for like 20 minutes before Jon switches over to the music channel.
8:30 pm — Time for my evening cup of lemon-ginger-tea while catching up on social media. Then I switch to my Kindle app to keep reading my book until bedtime.
9:40 pm — My sleep cycle app reminds me that it’s time to get ready for bed. If I want to get my 7.5 hours of sleep in, lights need to be out by 10:30 pm. I putter around the house for a little longer before I get ready for bed.
10:15 pm — I read a couple more pages and then it’s lights out!
What does a “normal” day look like for you? Anything you find curious about mine?