Everyone has a typical day in their life. Often it’s a day that has been orchestrated for them by others or they have complete control over their day. Mine is a mix of the two.
Some people don’t have typical days because their activity always changes from day to day. Some people like it that way. In this post I’ll share with you my typical day and I’ll give some thoughts on how you can gain more control of your day or be more intentional.
Morning – 6:00AM – 9:00AM
My morning is largely under my control. I wake up at 6am(ish) and grab a cup of coffee and glass of cold water. My first half hour is spent reading my Bible. (I’m currently in 1 Corinthians). At 6:30 it’s breakfast (Oatmeal, fruit, hard boiled egg). At 7:00AM I’m at my desk writing a blog post. I usually spend about an hour writing to a Spotify playlist of Jazz or J.S. Bach. It depends on my mood. I think Bach is helpful to really center my brain and such. I’ll then share the post on social media, i.e. Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
From 8:00am – 9:00am it’s getting ready for the day, like showering, getting dressed, and everything packed in my bag for the day.
Late Morning – 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Late morning has me transitioning into my work time. I’m often working from 9:00am-10:00am on back end administrative work. At 10:15 though I’m out the door to my job. (I work at a well known quick service restaurant). When I arrive at the store I typically take stock of what’s going on and fill in where I need to be. I will typically handle the catering pickups for that day and also work in a breakfast distribution.
Afternoon – 1:00pm – 5:00pm
The last four hours of the day is spent working in the store, taking my lunch break, and then getting the store ready for the evening shift, setting them up for success.
Evening – 5:00pm – 9:00pm
I’ll leave the store and then come home. I’ll either have a range of chores to do when I’m home, (Mondays mow the yard, Wednesday collect the trash, etc). My wife and I will have dinner, and then it’s whatever else we have in store. Oh, I daily walk our dog around the neighborhood. It’s his favorite thing to do and it gets me out of the house for a while.
We’ll cap off the night on the couch watching whatever my wife picks out and then we’ll head to bed at around 10:00pm.
Thoughts on How To Improve
Our days are the result of our decisions. For you there might be blend of decisions that are made for you and those that you make yourself. Intentionality is key here. While you might have an average day, each day can be spent doing something specific that you choose, and making each day have it’s own theme.
Routines matter. For example, I want to write more and so I schedule that into my day. I don’t spend an inordinate amount of time but I do spend a little time each day. Soon, I’ll have lots of content to pull from and rework into other content.
Scheduling your day brings you certainty and calm. Predictability might be a good thing here, that if you know each day what will happen, you won’t have to fret about what to do.
The one thing I could improve on is my evening routine and shutting down my workday.
This is my typical day. This post is done. I’ve suggested some ways to improve upon yours, too!
Now it’s your turn: share with us your typical day!