“I don’t know where the year has gone” has to be the one phrase that I have heard most recently lately. We have crept our way steadily into October and now talk of Christmas is becoming more and more frequent. It’s frightening how fast time is going by and I’m pretty sure that the older you get, the quicker the time goes. It got me to thinking about how I spend my days. Am I getting enough out of them as I should be? Are they full enough? Am I using my time wisely? I figured the best way to do this is to look at how I spend a typical weekday. I ended up with a blog post – so here is a day in the life of me!
6.50am – The alarm is set for 6.50am every weekday. I need at least ten minutes to snooze. I wish I was one of these people that could wake up and be bright and breezy but the truth is, I am not at all a morning person. I will forever be a night owl.
7.00am – I have been lucky up until now that my husband gets up and sorts out the Little Man’s breakfast and gets him dressed for school. But he’s recently started his new business on the side and is now up and out the house at 5.30am three mornings a week, so this will now be one of my jobs in the morning.
7.15am – Shower time. Depending if it’s ‘hairwash’ day, this might be a little earlier. But generally, I am in and out of the shower within 5-10 minutes. I spend about 30 minutes on myself in the mornings, including getting dressed and putting my makeup on – I won’t leave the house without it.
7.45am – If Little Man wasn’t ready for breakfast at 7am, then he’ll likely be ready for it now, so it’s all about making sure he is fed and watered and his lunch is ready to pick up as we head out the door. The cats will likely need feeding at this point too so I do it all at the same time whilst I am in the kitchen.
8.00am – If it’s needed I’ll have a quick tidy up downstairs and make sure it’s presentable enough to walk into later – I can’t stand walking into a messy house! A quick make of the beds is done in this time as well.
8.20am – Usually around this time I’m yelling ‘where are your shoes?!’ to the Little Man as I’m sure is happening around the country! Shoes on, coats on and a double check that everything is in his school bag for the day ahead.
8.30am – We head out for the school run around 8.30am most mornings unless of course I snoozed for longer than I should have done at 6.50am and then all of this is about ten minutes later than is detailed here! (It happens, what can I say?!)
9.00am – Little Man is dropped off at school by now and I head off to my day job about a 20-25 minute drive away, depending on traffic.
9.30am – I work just the mornings looking after the social media for a nationwide family law firm. In addition to looking after the social accounts, I also take enquiries for potential new clients when the need arises. It’s an interesting job, that’s never the same one day to the next.
1.00pm – Time to head home. Having worked full time since I left school, even five years later, working just mornings feels a bit like having half a day holiday every day! Not that I get to have much time for myself in the afternoons these days, but you know what I mean.
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1.30pm – I usually grab a bite to eat and go through my emails whilst I do so. I will also try and pencil in what blog related work I need to do later that day if I can.
2.00pm – On Thursday’s I give up an hour of my time to go to the Little Man’s school and listen to the children read. It’s something I never envisaged myself doing a few years ago but it’s a lovely thing to do. I currently have Year 1 which the Little Man thinks is great, and a little bit weird all at the same time – having his Mummy come into his classroom. I really enjoy it though and it really does help the children.
3.00pm – School run time. I’m lucky that my parents live right next door to the school so I never have to worry about finding a car parking space! Winner!
3.20pm – Three days a week we go to see my Mum & Dad after school as it’s so close and we spend a bit of time with them. The Little Man has such a brilliant relationship with them which makes my heart swell most days. We are lucky we live so close so can see them as often as we do.
4.30pm – We head home and do any homework or reading that needs doing. I like to get it out of the way early so that we can have the rest of the day to relax and wind down (she says, optimistically!).
5.00pm – Dinner time for the Little Man.
5.30/5.45pm – With any luck, my husband will be arriving home around this time and the Little Man can have some Daddy time. It’s even more important now that he is out so early three mornings a week. If this is the case then I try to crack on with some blog work early, so that I am not working too late!
7.00pm – The bedtime routine starts around this time. The Husband usually does bathtime/shower time with the Little Man, adding on to the time he gets to spend with him in the evening. If he is not home, or away with work then obviously I will do this instead.
7.30-8pm – Bedtime! Depending on how smoothly the bedtime routine has gone – I like Little Man to be in bed no later than 8pm during the week.
8.00pm – Time for me to eat and the Husband heads off to the gym most evenings.
8.15pm – I will now crack on with any blog work that I need to do. If I am organised then I will be able to rattle through things quite quickly. I don’t like to work too late because it’s important for me to have time for myself as well. If I don’t get it, I will start to resent it and I know I won’t enjoy it. Balance is so important.
9.30-10pm – With any luck I can now switch off the laptop and either catch up on some TV or read my book. If I have more work on then obviously this doesn’t happen. But I always try and do something at the end of the day that isn’t blog related.
12am – I said earlier that I’m a night owl and I wasn’t joking, I normally turn in for the night around midnight. It’s rare that it’s any earlier!
So, now I have written down a day in the life of me I can answer the questions I asked at the start of this blog post.
Am I getting enough out of them as I should be?
I think so. I am careful that I keep my work life and family life as separate as I can. I make sure I spend quality time with family and get the important homework done so that it doesn’t eat into the precious time we have each evening.
Are they full enough?
I think you’ll agree that I couldn’t get anything more into my day if I tried!
Am I using my time wisely?
Time is precious so for me it’s important to be organised. I can only get my blog work done in the time I give myself because I know exactly what I am doing when I am doing it. If I didn’t do this, I would be wasting precious time. I might write another blog post detailing exactly how I do this if it would be of some help to others. I do think this is key though. If you can be organised, you’re winning before you’ve even started!
So there we have my day in the life of me. Obviously, some days are slightly different, but overall, this is my weekly routine.
Have you ever considered how a day in the life is for you? Have you taken the time to see if you make the most of the time you have? Let me know in the comments.
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