Business owner, lawyer, operations manager, financial officer, bookkeeper, payroll officer, entrepreneur, website developer, employer, social media marketer, runner, dog owner, wife, writer, sales and marketer … the many hats that I wear. Here’s a day in the life of being me with the many hats.
To make sure I fit all this in, my days are sometimes fairly long. But in perspective, compared to some lawyers who are not partners, for example, I probably have a fairly good “work-life balance”. It is also very rare that I have a week with a “normal” schedule of days that I am about to describe. Invariably, I am in multiple locations during the week, and often have one or two very late nights with an evening networking event keeping me out of the house until 9pm or so.
But a typical day consists of the following:
- Wake up at 5am. Know I should get up to fit more exercise into the day, but it’s cold, so I doze for a bit longer until 5:30am.
- Put on my gym gear, which I prepared the night before. Go to the toilet! Get my keys and head up to the back shed where we have a home gym. Use Zova app to warm up, and then do a circuit involving kettle bells swings, deadlifts, thrusters and dips.
- Take the dog of a 2.5km run
- Sit on my top step, put my hands in the grass, and watch the dawn light touch the sky. Breathe.
- 6:30am – Drink another half litre of water with my supplements. Then make a gratitude list, or write out my goal list, or write a list of positive aspects of a particular person, or the day ahead (some journalling, anyway). Check my personal emails, and replying to anything urgent.
- 7:00am – Shower and do my makeup and hair, and dress for work
- 7:30am – leave for work
- 8:00am – arrive at the office. Clear emails. Print out flagged emails incomplete from the day before. Check bank accounts and receipt anything from the day before. Go through tasks given to secretary, and put away things that are done, and pile up those where I still have items to complete. Check my calendar and get out files for my appointments that day.
- 8:30am – staff arrive. Discuss any matters they are concerned with, or anything they need to come back to me about, or task them with initial work.
- 9:00am – mail arrives. Secretary gets files with incoming mail for my review and allocation to other staff.
- 9:30am – legal work
- 10:00am – first appointment
- 11:00am – second appointment
- 12:00pm – telephone appointment
- 12:30pm – return other phone messages from morning
- 1:00pm – go through emails from the morning.
- 1:30pm – make lunch and eat it whilst continuing to reply to emails
- 2:00pm – fourth appointment
- 3:00pm – fifth appointment
- 4:00pm – return phone messages and emails from the afternoon
- 4:30pm – sign cheques and outgoing mail
- 5:00pm – staff leave and I do legal work that requires quiet concentration
- 6:30pm – leave office to drive home
- 7:00pm – make dinner, feed dog.
- 7:30pm – check social media. Do business post, share a colleague’s achievement, share some gender news on twitter, check personal emails
- 8:00pm – write a guest blog post
- 8:30pm – pitch guest blog post to two sites. Pitch myself to a podcast as a guest, or pitch myself to an event organiser as a guest speaker.
- 9:00pm – telephone call to husband or parents
- 9:30pm – read fiction for half hour
- 10:00pm – meditation to sleep
Sleep and repeat all again the next day …