A Day in the Life


I’ve seen a lot of folks post their daily schedules lately, sharing with their readers their day-to-day activities. I’m not sure why, but I find it all so fascinating. (I guess that’s why they themselves do it, because of people like me.) Maybe it’s the anal-retentive, hyper-organized part of me (cough cough), but I like finding out how other people organize their lives. I suppose I like to glean whatever hints I can from their schedules to improve upon my own productivity. Right now I have so many projects on my plate, I’m on the lookout for even more ways to squeeze seconds out of everyday. I mean, we all get the same 24 hours right? Right?

Mine has been pretty haphazard of late, mostly because we’re still living out of a suitcase at my brother and sister-in-law’s house. We’ll be moving into our new apartment next Saturday, which will hopefully bring much improvement to our hectic days by helping us establish a routine, but for now it’s catch-as-catch-can.
So lately my average workday has been something like this:
6:00 Alarm goes off. Hit snooze. Twice.
6:18 Get up. Basic yoga stretches. Shower. Dress.
7:00 Drive B. to work.
7:45 Coffee and breakfast at Starbucks. Catch up on emails, blogs.
11:00 Write. Research. Read.
12:00 Lunch.
1:00 More of writing, researching, reading. Apply for jobs.
3:00 Watch two episodes of “King of Queens.” (What can I say? It’s like comfort food.)
4:00 More of writing, researching, reading. Apply for jobs.
5:30 Pick up B. at train station.
6:00 Two more episodes of KoQ. Browse Google Reader at the same time, pay bills, balance checkbook, update Quicken Online account.
7:00 Dinner. Play with Maya, chat with brother and sister-in-law.
9:00 Bed.
Not very exciting, huh? In between there are job interviews, doctor’s appointments, lots of errands, and all the other things that make up the average American’s daily life. Random detritus, shall we say. It’s not the most glamorous life, but it works for me. For now. I want to devote more time to writing and reading, but I also need 8 hours of sleep. And in case you didn’t notice, I’ve had to eschew running, at least until we move into our new place and I can unearth my running shoes from our moving boxes. I miss it so much. When I don’t write or don’t run, I’m a miserable person to be around.
Anyone else care to share their daily diary? I’m curious as to how people spend their time.

5 thoughts on “A Day in the Life

  1. This is interesting! I think I have an idea for my next post on And So Forth — or La France Profonde — it could go either place, really.

  2. Hi, Betty! I can’t wait to read yours. Like I said, I love hearing how other people manage their lives, and yours in particular since you obviously have a different environment than I do.


  3. So interesting! I need to write out mine. Be fun to share, and it might help give me ideas on how to manage my time better. I do an okay job with it, but I’m always wanting to improve! 🙂

  4. Dear TL, greetings, and thanks for the comment!

    Yeah, I don’t know what it is, but I do find other people’s schedules interesting. I want to see yours, since you’re a writer like I am. Now that you’re in the whirlwind of first publication, I definitely want to know how your days unfold!

    Betty, I’m not always that productive, but I do get stuff done. Since I’ve been living out of a suitcase the last two months, it’s been more difficult, as I don’t really have a place that’s my own. Once we move into our new apartment next week, though, it’ll — hopefully! — be different!


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