I’m in the midst of doing a “time study” of my days and in doing so I decided to record my activities for a day. I have no idea if anyone but me will find this interesting. I work full time as a researcher/editor (not as exciting as it may sound) but I’m at home two or three days each week.
Initially it was tough for me to figure out a good routine whilst home – but now that I’ve been at it for a few months I like how things are looking. If you’ve ever done one of these, let me know! I would love to read about what your day looks like!
6am – My husband has already been up for about 20 minutes at this point but now that the coffee is made and he’s showering/clomping around our room getting ready I’m up. While he gets ready for work I’ll clean the kitchen (if we didn’t do so the night before) and surf the ‘net for a bit.
6:40 – Husband is in the kitchen now too and getting his food ready for the day. Neither of us are ready to eat breakfast at this point so he’s packing everything for his office and I’m having coffee and chatting with him until he leaves around 7.
7:10 – Home alone; time for my own shower and getting ready. Even though I’m working from home I still get ready and dressed every day because 1) I do occasionally get called into the office on a “home” day and 2) I feel more productive.
8:35 – I’m dressed, ready for the day and have just gotten back from a walk with the dog. As usual, I’m still not hungry yet so I pull my work stuff out and get set up at our kitchen table. Work begins at 9, regardless of where I am.
9:00 – On the dot, I tune into a call with the boss who has been working from another location for a few days. She gives out new assignments and then we get started working for the day.
11:10 – I realize that I haven’t eaten yet so I make myself some eggs and tea and step away from the computer for about 20 minutes. Call my sister to ask about whether anyone has offered to host Thanksgiving yet. (The answer is no!)
1:25 – Because I’ve finished the project I had yesterday I decide that it would be a good time for my lunch break and I step away agin for about 45 minutes this time. When I am at the office I try to time lunch so that I can eat with at least a few coworkers. At home I just break in between assignments and do something like call a friend (or the mother) or do something around the house while listening to the radio so I can rest my eyes a bit.
2:15-5:00 – Work work work until a call with the boss at 5. This is unusual, but she wanted to call at the end of the day to check on my progress. I’m guessing this means my assignment is for a higher-profile client than usual. We decide that I’ll put in two more hours of work tonight to guarantee I’ll finish it during the next workday. We hang up and I call the husband who says he’ll be home about 6pm and asks for leftovers for dinner.
5:30 – I lost 15 minutes in there…checking personal email and news, I think. I get dinner ready (which means reheating leftovers and making a salad). I take care of most of the household chores on days that I work from home because I don’t have a commute to deal with. When we’re both out of the house we split food prep and clean-up more evenly.
6:00-6:45 – Husband arrives, we eat dinner right away and he takes the dog out for a quick walk. When he comes back inside we clear off the table so he can do homework and I can put a few more hours in.
9:12 – I’ve done a little over two hours of work and emailed an update to the boss. I shut down the computer and pack everything up because I’ll be going into the office tomorrow. The kitchen is clean, my husband is still doing homework and the dog is sleeping so I’m going to relax with a book.
10:00 – Relaxing over; I’m going to bed. I’ll be up at 5 the next morning to get a run in before work.
And that’s the day. My commute isn’t long at all and I don’t generally have to work in the evenings so not much changes from this summary.