Ask DN: What's your daily schedule?

over 8 years ago from Cameron Moll, Founder at Authentic Jobs

  • Adrian PelletierAdrian Pelletier, over 8 years ago
    • 6:30am - Alarm plays music from Skyrim soundtrack by Jeremy Soule (much better than “BEEP BEEP BEEP”)
    • 7:00am - In-person client meetings today? Shower. No meetings? Less shower.
    • 7:30am - Feed dog, chase dog with 15-month-old daughter, help wife feed daughter her breakfast, dog gets food that drops on the floor.
    • 8:00am - Kiss wife goodbye, make “long” work commute to at-home office, put on noise-cancelling headphones to block out sounds of daughter still chasing dog.
    • 8:01am - Fire up computer, read emails, check news, general business upkeep (new leads, invoices, mail, etc.), review daily schedule in TeuxDeux, and often catch up with my parents and/or brothers with a phone call around this time as well.
    • 8:30am - 9:00am - Client work, lots of coding, some design.
    • 11:45am - Lunch, client calls, errands. Time and weather permitting, walk the neighborhood with wife and daughter or go on a local hike.
    • 1:00pm - Back to work. This is when my productivity is greatest.
    • 3:00pm - Short break to stretch legs again, then more work.
    • 5:00pm - Dinner and family time. Depending on the season, there’s usually snow blowing or lawn mowing at least once a week.
    • 7:00pm - Workout. Admittedly, this is the activity that gets cut out when my schedule fluctuates, which is often the case when your’e self-employed.
    • 7:30pm - This time slot varies every day but most often it’s used to pursue side projects, personal writing, and hanging out with my wife. During the Milky Way season in our area (like right now), I might also take this time to prep camera gear for a night shoot.
    • 11:00pm - Covertly check on daughter sleeping in her crib with my iPhone’s light. Go to bed.

    No two days are exactly alike, which I enjoy, but to make sure each day was well-rounded and felt accomplished, I came up with the Rule of One:

    • Get at least one thing accomplished. Even if I only finish one task that day, doing something is better than nothing.
    • Learn one new thing. I’ve never, ever been able to go through my news feeds and not find at least one useful article or tutorial to learn from.
    • Do one nice thing for someone else. It can be as simple as shoveling my neighbor’s steps or holding the door for someone at the store.
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