The following takes place between 5:40 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.
*Insert 24 music*
5:40 a.m.– Wake up –> bathroom, water, sneakers, leave for my run. I sleep in workout clothes so that helps speed up the process.
6:25 a.m.– Finish running. 5 miles with my dad! I’m still only running about three times a week, other days I’m in the gym. Regardless, I stretch for 10 minutes before showering. I’ve gotten much better at implementing a stretching routine after a workout, even if it’s just for 10 minutes.
6:45 a.m.– Get my upper body ready for the day (hair and face). I’m very thankful for low-maintence hair and skin because I don’t have much patience for that
in the morning. Or maybe I’m the one who is low-maintence and I should be spending more time on my appearance?
7 a.m.– Unload the dishwasher while making breakfast. Some days I have turkey or fish, others I have eggs (scrambled or fried/runny). Always some vegetable, sauerkraut and avocado. I thought of the idea for this blog post after breakfast so no photo this time. Plus the lighting is always ehhh.
I eat while watching the Today show and reading blogs (and the news) online. Breakfast is still my “sacred” time. I hate rushing through it.
7:40 a.m.– Get dressed, brush teeth, pack my bag for the day.
7:50ish a.m.– Leave for work.
I very happily listen to Mike and Mike (sports radio) in the car. I really don’t mind the commute because the traffic is minimal this time of day and I love Mike and Mike.
8:20 a.m.– Arrive at the office.
Here’s where the “day in the life” part gets tricky. I don’t exactly remember what I did. A lot of writing, if I had to guess! It’s challenging but I’m learning a lot about both digital marketing and specific clients.
I try to stand up from my desk every hour, whether it’s going to the bathroom, refilling my water or just stretching my legs. I know I had a clementine and some almonds within this time, too.
1-1:20 p.m.- Lunch. I stay in the office but move down to the kitchen area. It’s a flexible work environment so you can work and eat pretty much anywhere.
Most days, lunch is a combo of salad with chicken, avocado, fruit and roasted sweet potatoes.
1:20 – 4 p.m.– Meetings/work. The afternoon goes by much slower than the morning so I like having meetings to break it up. We had a few meetings for upcoming projects and one for a current project.
4 – 4:10 p.m.- A quick walk and snack break outside. I took a packet of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and walked by the water outside of the office. I try to do that once a day— my legs and hips need it.
4:10 – 6 p.m.– Meetings/work.
6 p.m.- Leave the office. On the way home I listen to podcasts or a Spotify playlist (it’s been all Kanye lately).
6:30ish p.m.- Arrive home. I’m so glad it’s staying light later because now I can catch the tail-end of the sunset.
When I get inside, I immediately change into sweats. Even though I’m very lucky that I don’t have to wear a suit to work, if I’m not in workout clothes or sweats, I consider myself dressed up.
6:45 p.m.- Eat dinner. I cook in bulk at the beginning of the week so I don’t rely on my mother for dinner. BUT, if I like what she’s making, I’ll mooch my way in (*living at home perk*). Tonight was leftover steak and vegetables turned into lettuce wraps with a honey mustard dipping sauce. I also had a potato on the side.
There is nothing I love more than a family dinner. Nothing…besides this steak-loving guy.
7:15 p.m.– Make lunch for the next day.
7:20 p.m.- Put away laundry, write in my journal and pick out clothes for the next day (to save even more time in the morning).
7:45 p.m.– Watch last night’s late night shows (Kimmel and Colbert tonight) and quickly scroll through Instagram.
8:30 p.m.– Have a few spoonfuls of coconut butter and granola while writing this post. Yes, spoonfuls of granola.
9:00 p.m.– Start getting ready for bed. I set my alarm for the morning and read a few chapters of “You’re A Badass.” Yes, yes, I am. I fall asleep pretty easily when I get in bed so reading at night is a challenge.
9:30 p.m.– Light’s out. My sleep has been wonky so I will likely wake up once or twice in the middle of the night. Hopefully it’s at midnight and not 4 a.m. when there’s not much time left. Isn’t that the worst feeling?
Soooo this wasn’t too exciting but it’s probably very typical of most people’s work days! Right? Someone confirm that. At least one day a week I have an early morning appointment (physical therapy) so that shifts everything a little bit. In that case, my wake-up call is earlier, my workout is earlier (or non-existent) and breakfast is packed and eaten at work.
Life still feels very foreign, but I do prefer routine. Maybe I’ll be more productive in the evenings eventually. Maybe…
Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie says
I wake up at 5 and try to be in bed by 10, though I usually fall asleep watching TV on the couch with my family between 9 and 9:30. I eat breakfast at home (eating it right now!) and then head off for the day. I like having the “me time” while having breakfast to read blogs and the news before heading off into the craziness of the day.
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I fall asleep on the couch sometimes, too! My cue to go to bed, I guess.
Susie @ Suzlyfe says
A packed day to be sure, but an awesome one. I hope that you continue to love the job! Really happy for you!
Thanks, friend :)
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
That routine will be less foreign each day! You’re able to pack in a lot still!!
I’m so glad I have some online classes right now, so I don’t have to sit for 3 hours in lectures. I do my make shift standing desk and can go walk around and takes breaks throughout the day! So much better for my focus!
O yea…4am (always!) 7:30sh (sleep!)
Breakfast around 7am at home too!
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Make shift standing desks are the way to go! We have a high counter in the office and sometimes I’ll take my laptop there for a change.
Heather @Lunging Through Life says
I wake up at 6 and try to be in bed by 10. Sometimes I wake up during the night and sometimes I sleep all night. I was actually up this morning in the 5 o clock hour needing to pee and then I knew my alarm was going off soon. Ugh that’s the worst! I eat breakfast at home but I always pack it for my husband. He definitely doesn’t have time to eat before work, ha. He’s up and out of the house in 15 minutes.
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It really is the worst feeling! I’d much rather wake up at midnight and know I still have 5 hours of sleep ahead.
Sara @ Oats & Rows says
If I have to be at work before 6am, I definitely bring it with me. When I have mornings at home, I love to make avocado toast with eggs. I’ve been staying up way too late lately- late for me is 11pm. I need to get back to my 930 bedtime!
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I would bring it with me in that case, too! Saying I go to bed at 9:30 feels really lame but I try to get 8 hours.
Sarah @pickyrunner says
This looks very similar to my day, although I only work 9-5 generally. 8-6 is a LONG day! I think it takes time to get into a routine and my afternoons definitely go by so much slower than the mornings. The workday is so much more exhausting than school or anything else I’ve ever experienced, but I love it way more than college/lifeguarding/etc. Eventually you’ll adjust! Meetings are my favorite. You’re way better than me with dinner- if I lived at home I would totally eat whatever my parents were making ha.
p.s. love your bag that you’re holding in the picture of your outfit. I need a new work bag…my Longchamp is falling apart.
You give me hope! The adjustment is challenging in so many ways. I’m very grateful for dinner (read: steak) when I don’t feel like cooking haha.
Funny story with that bag— the one in my left hand is my lunch box ;) Just extra large to fit things. The black bag in the corner is Tory Burch. 5+ years old (I used it in college) and fits laptop, books and more.
Kaitlin @ CA Enless Summer says
Looks pretty similar to my day although I eat my breakfast at work while watching the Today Show :)
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At least you can still watch the Today Show :)
Amanda @ Exploring Life & Things says
Ahhh, that sunset pic is so pretty! I usually go to bed between 10/10:30 and wake up at 6:00. I love going to bed early and reading before bed always helps with that! Unless it’s super suspenseful and I don’t want to put it down haha.
Yes! I had that problem with a book recently. The “going to bed early and reading” thing backfired.
Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday says
I’d love to say I’m in bed by 10 most nights, but it’s honestly usually closer to 10:30, which often means not sleeping till 11. On my long/earlier class days, I get up by 5:45, but I’ve been trying to sleep longer on the other 5 days of the week. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I think my biggest “fear” of the working world is not getting anything done after work. I already have a hard time working in the late afternoon :P Oh, well. We adjust. So glad you like your job!
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Yep, nothing is really getting done after work. At least yet :) Trying to make up for it on the weekends! Sleep in all you can.
Diana @ Live Lean Eat Green says
Props to you for getting up so early to workout before work! I wake up early to allow time to finish up blog posts, comment, scroll through social media and just ease into the day.
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Slow mornings are my favorite. Cherish them on the weekends now!
Woah you are seriously impressive getting up so early! I’m on holiday at the moment so I’m pretty relaxed but I still consider my wake up call of 7 pretty early.
Also, you eat such good food! Wanna come make some for me plz
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I just woke up at 8:15 and it pains me that I have to get up almost 3 hours earlier tomorrow!
Lately I have been waking up by 7ish and going to sleep at 11. I have been loving our sunsets the last few days, so pretty!
SO grateful to catch the tail-end of them!
I like to get up early. I cherish my morning time! I feel more productive in the mornings too. Also I need to start sleeping in my workout clothes! good idea
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It’s the easiest thing for me! Then I have no choice but to get up and go.
I love reading about people’s typical days. I’m pretty low maintenance in the mornings too.
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I do too— I think we’re all nosy that way :)
Liv @ Healthy Liv says
Loved reading about your new routine! It’s great to hear that you’re enjoying your full-time job and settling into things well. What have been some things you’re enjoying/having a hard time getting used to with your new schedule?
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The hardest thing is the lack of energy (and time) after work! I want/need to do so much but nothing gets done because I’m exhausted.
Claire B. says
I’m glad you’re settling into your new routine! You really do manage to pack so much into one day! Reading this makes me excited for my future non-college lifestyle, just two months away. :D
Ah so soon! Enjoy the last few months of the semester :)
ooohhh love this ! this is very similar to my day so your so called lameness makes me feel good….its not just me ! i am not a morning person but what can you do ? my BF is like you. he gets ready slowly and like a slow morning reading online, etc. he makes breakfast for us both (mostly scrambled eggs and banana or avacado – simple meals you just make for both and easily separate out) so i will take it ! i do catch him whistling sometimes which super annoys me :)
i get up by 6 each day but if i workout its earlier. i pretty much work 8-6 as well. a few years ago i started prepping the night before – clothes, bag packed, lunch packed, etc an it was life changing for me. made me hate mornings a little less and get rid of that frazzled AM time that was setting an awful tone. i go to bed usually by 10 each night. its harder in the summer for me cuz its still light out and im such a natural night owl. taking the breaks at work is a wonderful habit to get into. i mostly eat lunch at my desk (like now!) and rarely have “time” to get up during the day other than bathroom/printer/meetings. i cant even seem to find the time anymore to get outside 1x a day at work (which i used to do). i think i need to find the time for that. one bad thing about working in a big building is how long it can take to just go down for coffee or get outside. you seem to be adjusting awesome. as a fellow control freak/change-a-phob i feel such comfort in the daily routine. Keep the day in the lifes coming…