Sometimes I think that I’m not productive enough. When it happens, I usually complain that I was doing and achieving more while working full-time and writing a blog. Last week I decided to document one day of my life and then make my conclusions about my productivity. Here is my report on what exactly I did last Wednesday.
7:35 AM | It is a pretty random time to set your alarm for, but that’s what I do. Usually, I wake up earlier because of two turtledoves singing and schmoozing on our air conditioner around 6:40 am. Today I scored extra sleep time and it means the day is going to be all right.
7:40 AM | I have a very special relationship with breakfast (especially with peanut butter!), and 365 days a year I eat oatmeal for breakfast. I love my “kasha” (it’s a Russian word for any sort of grains, not only buckwheat) with cinnamon, banana, chia seeds, peanut butter, and a bit of honey. While eating, I check my Twitter and discuss news with Ben.
8:00 AM | We got ready for work, took showers (luckily, we have two full bathrooms!), and kissed each other goodbye.
8:15 AM | I prepared a big cup of coffee and started writing my post about a custom dress by eShakti. While writing, I didn’t check my e-mail or get interrupted by anything except writing-related Google searches. After I was done, the following work happened: Uploaded photos and articles; shared the post on social media; checked and responded to e-mails; communicated with the brands; texted with Vital; brainstormed and did random Google searches.
12:30 PM | I realized that I didn’t have enough time to finish all of the must-do things for today so I texted my friend Tim that I’d meet later today and asked for an extra half an hour.
1:15 PM | I applied my BB cream, mascara, and a red lipstick, and ran out for a meeting. I almost forgot my book so I came back and picked up my Kindle where I have 12% left of #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso (my review will be coming up soon).
2:00 PM | I met with my friend T. for lunch. Every time we meet, I request that we meet at an Italian place. However, this particular restaurant did not fulfill my high expectations as a picky eater. I asked T. to take photos of me because I was wearing very unusual for me low heel boots and (OMG!) a backpack. While taking photos, I realized that the restaurant has a ‘Pending Grade’ sanitation rating. Well, at least now I know why the food was so-so.
3:15 PM | Since I didn’t finish my lunch, I was still hungry. T. and I headed to the Little Pie Company cafe and shared a mini key lime pie. I had a workout session scheduled about an hour later so that sweet treat was probably not the best idea, but I’m just being honest with you guys.
4:20 PM | T. walked me to my class location and I sat outside while I checked my e-mails, updated social media, and exchanged with Ben some text (and love!) messages.
4:55 PM | I stopped by at 353WestNYC where I was supposed to test new MCS Compression Tights by 2XU. The place looked very neat and pretty, and I enjoyed my new workout outfit. The pants I tested were black and decorated with a gold X on the side. I’d never heard about anything like them before, but those pants are designed to leave marks on your body while you workout so you know exactly which muscles have been involved. I love technology and those pants feel like much more than just another piece of clothing—those pants are a new generation of workout attire!
Prior to the class with celebrity trainer Melissa Paris, we chatted and took a couple of fun photos in our new fun pants. I am working out very hard under Melissa’s supervision and feel that my typical ‘boot camp + boxing’ class is nothing compared to this intensive class. I feel very proud of myself because I finally started preparing for beach season. Also, my new ‘space-pants’ indicated that most of my muscles were involved during the class (yes!). I can’t wait to try them in my boxing class and compare the results!
6:20 PM | Met with my friend D. for a quick after workout meal. I ordered a salad with lots of avocados and tomatoes. I know that I should have eaten protein but I was just too tired for it. Instead, I drank plenty of water.
8:00 PM | Headed home where I met up with Ben. He ate dinner and I snacked on fruits and raw almonds. I drank my favorite peppermint tea while talking with Ben about how our days were.
9:30 PM | It was time for my second round of work for today. Usually, I try not to schedule any meetings before 4:00 pm so I can work without interruptions, but today was not my typical day indeed. No business meetings just catch-ups with my friends. While at the computer, I did the following (in random order): Answered blog comments; responded to e-mails; checked social media; sent links to brands I collaborated with; updated my editorial calendar; drafted a post for tomorrow; checked my blog stats; and did some online shopping & procrastinating.
11:00 PM | Shower time! I listened to my favorite podcast while showering. Once I was done, I headed to bed where I talked to Ben, and then read a textbook for my Conflict Resolution class. Yes, you heard me right: I usually read two books at a time, one on Kindle and the other a paperback. I actually prefer the latter but Kindle is so convenient for traveling.
Around 12:15 AM | It was time to sleep.
When I saw my day written on paper (meaning typed on my computer), I figured that everything seemed right with my productivity. I had 6.5 hours of straight work, one work-related meeting, some quality time with my boyfriend, and two meetings with my friends. Also, I had a chance to workout and read a book (two books actually). Of course, not all of my days are exactly like the one I shared, but this post will be a good reminder for me the next time I am not feeling productive enough.