I know you’re all curious to see what I do from day-to-day (okay, maybe not).
One of my favorite bloggers, Allie, recently did a couple of “Day in my Life” posts. She’s a college student and does one each semester for a day in her life, but she’s also done and day in her mom’s life and a day in her sister’s life.
So, thanks Allie for inspiring me to write about a day in my life. I wrote this up last week- enjoy!
6 AM: Alarm goes off. After a month, I can’t claim post-marathon tiredness anymore, so I blame it on Monday Night Football and roll over. Clay gets up and starts getting ready for work, as he’s going in early today so he can get off early and go for a run at the gym.
7 AM: I finally get up. I put my contacts in and turn my work computer on. I’m really not *that* swamped at work- it just takes my computer a few minutes to boot. I go downstairs, drink a glass of water, make some super strong coffee in my Keurig, get dressed in running clothes, and go to my home office.
7:15 – 8 AM: I usually spend the first half hour to 45 minutes of my day reading emails (work and personal) and blogs (work and personal). It doesn’t usually take me long to go through my work emails, but if anything is urgent, I handle it right away because most of my coworkers get in at 8 or 8:30.
8 AM – 11 AM: I spent the morning working on updating user macros for a software upgrade for our documentation software, Atlassian Confluence. We’re moving to a new documentation software platform next month, so my coworker Kelli and I fix what would break in the upgrade. We have the new platform loaded on a test server, so it’s mostly a lot of testing but goes by quickly. Upgrading macros doesn’t require a ton of creative thought so I do it in the mornings.
11 AM: I cross train on Mondays, so I like to get a run in on Tuesday. Sometimes, I do speedwork on Tuesday morning (at 6 AM!) with a group of friends, but we haven’t done it lately with races and it staying dark until 7 AM.
I like getting out of the house during lunch because people who have conventional jobs leave their offices for lunch. I realize that leaving and getting food out is more socially acceptable, but most good restaurants are at least a 10 minute drive away, on a busy highway with frequent wrecks. If I “go to lunch”, driving to a restaurant, eating, and driving home takes longer than running and showering.
Tuesday’s trash day, so when I head out to run, the St. Andrews Public Service garbage truck almost runs me over. If I have a Tuesday meeting, the garbage truck inevitably comes roaring down the street during my meeting (where everyone can hear, since I attend meetings with a mic and speakers).
One positive of working at home is being able to run around the neighborhood on your lunch break. I see kids out playing, people moving out or in, etc. It’s also a nice mental break, and I come back recharged. I run about 5 miles, make a recovery shake, shower, and dress in real girl clothes.
12ish: I throw in a load of laundry, drink my shake, and eat a delicious Fuji apple at the computer. Then, I work on training guides. I’m doing a big project getting feedback from trainers and support/call center reps about the training manuals, then revising the manuals to better fit the needs of our clients.
Sometimes when I get tired of the computer, I drag my writing outside to my back porch.
2 PM: One of my other goals at work is to learn about as many training methodologies as possible, so today I watched a webinar about training and took notes. These are interactive courses that last maybe an hour, and sometimes you learn a lot, sometimes you don’t. The one today was pretty worthwhile and talked about encouraging training class participants to interact with each other and share real-world examples so they get more out of the training.
I ate my lunch after the webinar- an Energy Seed Salad I bought the night before at Earth Fare. Good stuff. I usually eat on the TV trays downstairs and watch DVRed TV shows, it’s a nice little break from the grind of work- but sometimes I do eat at my desk, especially if I’m watching a webinar or if I have a lot of work to do. I also move my clothes to the dryer.
As far as the rest of the afternoon goes, we have a department meeting to discuss the upcoming upgrade; it’s a painless, short 30 minute meeting that I Skype in for. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t keep a tie and collared shirt by my desk for when I “go on camera” because I almost never use my camera! Even if I did, my job is pretty lenient on the dress code in the office (jeans and sneakers are always okay, but no t-shirts in house).
My corporate office really is a neat place to work and I miss it sometimes, but I know if I worked in an office, I’d miss some of the at-home perks too. I wouldn’t want to work for another company and am very happy working for ACS Technologies right now.
Sometime between 4:30-5 PM: I come to a good stopping point and call it a day. I finish up my laundry by folding it and putting it away- I let my laundry wash a LOT when I work because it’s the kind of chore I can toss and leave.
My after hours activities vary; sometimes I go to the gym and do a group fitness class (yoga or BodyPump). Some Tuesdays I actually get off work earlier and go to the WordPress Usergroup Meetup in downtown Charleston. Sometimes I do a group run with the TrySports Run Club or head downtown to run- or Clay and I do after work date nights. We don’t have kids so basically we do what we want.
7-7:30ish: Clay usually gets home from work around 6ish, depending on when he went to work and if he goes to the gym afterwards. If I go to a workout class in the afternoon/evening, I’m usually back by 7:30 too. Normally in the evenings I read, blog, or watch TV and he watches TV or plays video games. We usually eat dinner together, mostly leftovers because he cooks food for the whole week on Sunday. Unless we go out, we usually eat at the couch by the TV.
10:30ish: Usually I hit the sack around 10:30 or so, and Clay does too sometimes. Sometimes he stays up later coding or working on programming projects, or playing games or doing whatever. I usually get up earlier than he does so I can run, work out, or just get some work done before the rest of my coworkers get to the office- so I’m almost always in bed before him.
Working from home, I strive to leave my home at least once a day- even if I just head to the gas station for a snack on my break. I love working from home, but you definitely have to get out~ otherwise it’s the equivalent of living at your office. I also close my office at the end of the day and stay out of that room; I’m lucky to have an office in a separate room like that.
And… that’s a wrap. I know my day’s pretty boring compared to most people’s. I guess that’s just how adult life goes. Maybe soon I’ll do another one of these for a typical Saturday- the next “typical Saturday” we have.