My Ideal Weekday

ideal weekday

Since I no longer have a 9-5 desk job outside of my house, I’ve lost some of the structure that comes with those parameters. I enjoy the freedom to make my own schedule that can be different everyday, but lately I find myself reverting back to more of a repetitive, self-imposed schedule. For me, if I don’t monitor my time, I am apt to being sucked into books or YouTube videos or the internet in general.

I am the master of reading everything there is on a subject without actually doing any work. I have found myself spending hours researching personal training, writing careers, starting your own business, giving a Ted talk, or just anything that I am passionate about. By the time I look at the clock I am brimming with knowledge and satisfaction. That is, until I reflect on the day and ask myself what I actually accomplished. On those days the answer is very little and then if I’m not careful I can berate myself for wasting time.

Taking all of this into account, I want to lay out my ideal weekday.

  • 7-8 am: wake up, check emails, eat breakfast, and change for my workout
  • 8 am: walk to Sweat for the 8:30 am class or design my own to do in the building gym
  • 10 am: be back in the condo, shower, after workout shake
  • 10-11 am: blog reading/commenting
  • 11 am-12 pm: outline/start writing blog post
  • 12-1 pm: actually take a lunch BREAK. This means getting up from the computer!
  • 1-2 pm: if I’m not finished yet, wrap up blog post and schedule out social media
  • 2-330 pm: admin work for the blog, marketing for training opportunities, emails/phone calls about upcoming projects
  • 330 pm: head to Sweat to teach at 430 pm
  • 6-10 pm: get home, make/eat dinner, hang out with Neil, attend any blogging/fitness events that may be happening
  • 1030 pm: sleep 🙂

Now I could feasibly make this schedule work because it is loosely based on what I actually do during a day. What differs are my teaching days/hours so that won’t always be consistent. I have a hard time staying motivated after about 2 pm and feel like calling it a day and reading, so I want to be better about actually following through until the evening.

If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know that I am a big proponent of to-do lists, so I want to start being more diligent about those as well. Having physical tasks to complete will help me reflect on the day and feel like I have made some accomplishments. For those of you who are awesome time management rock stars, feel free to impart any tips or tricks you use on a daily basis!

Questions:

  • What does your typical day look like?
  • Are you good about time management?
  • Do you schedule time for things that are important to you like fitness or alone time?

23 comments on “My Ideal Weekday

  1. I’m in the same boat right now, but wow you have SO much more structure than I do at the moment! I have a big chunk of time between noon and 4 pm that sometimes I do get sucked into doing things I shouldn’t be. I have so many courses going at the minute and I do find myself getting overwhelmed and then getting sucked into the internet, etc. I’ve set up for July that I’m going to spend at least 2.5 hours/3 days a week to networking and gaining prospects. Mentally, I probably do better with the rigidness of a 9-5 schedule, but emotionally I never want to go back to that again. I hated it.
    Erin recently posted…5 Tips For Staying Healthy In A New CityMy Profile

    1. I really need to work on my networking some more which is hard when I stay inside and write for a lot of the day haha

  2. You and me both Erin! When I start reading about things I’m passionate about I lose track of time. You should see the number of tabs and windows I have left open to go back to when I have TIME. ha!

    My latest mantra is as soon as the NASM exam is over. I feel like I will have an abundance of time then!
    jill conyers recently posted…10 Ways to Stay Healthy on VacationMy Profile

    1. Oh man I always have at least 5-10 tabs open at all times and then I freak out if my husband accidentally closes the window

  3. I like the idea of scheduling things. It’s a must with my marketing day job, but I fall short with my “unpaid” obligations and tasks (my blog, etc.). And without a solid plan, I end up binge watching YouTube videos or reading random parts of a handful of books (my mind is chaotic). Obviously, I need more structure if I hope to reach my goals. It’s interesting to see what other people plan, and how they manage their time.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Rica @ Yoga Mat Monkey recently posted…Comment on A Simple Exercise to Improve Your Confidence…and Ultimately, Your Life! by Rica LewisMy Profile

    1. I agree. I need to sit down and do some serious goal planning/scheduling so that I actually get things done!

  4. this looks like a really awesome schedule! I am sort of exploring different schedules right now… a transitional phase. I love schedules and lists so I really benefit from having one. I just started a new job that gives me more structure. so far so good, I like some structure!
    danielle saucy smith recently posted…A Side of FunMy Profile

  5. I WISH I could have a schedule! I’m in such a weird limbo place right now – a month ago, I quit my 9-5 job in order to start graduate school in August. So from June to July, I just have this weird gap. No REAL responsibilities (I’m spending the summer back and forth between my parents and boyfriend), and so a whole lot of “hmm, what do to today?”
    MK recently posted…Two for the Price of OneMy Profile

  6. I usually get up around 545/6 to get my workout in. I typically work out anywhere from 60-90 minutes, shower, get ready for work, pack my lunch and am out the door by 830. Work all day, home by 6/630, make dinner, stretch, socialize, in bed by 11. Having a desk job definitely gives me structure and I find myself a lot less productive when I have a day off. It’s kinda funny how that works. I am not good with time management when I have free time, but am fantastic when I’m busy. Working out is definitely a priority and is why I was waking up at 415am when I was commuting in and out of NYC. But now with a 10 minute commute, my schedule is much more manageable.
    Jamie recently posted…Tried It Tuesday – Yoga?My Profile

    1. Im glad things aren’t as crazy for you. I liked the structure of a desk job but not the lack of freedom. I’m trying to find a way to recreate that at home and tweak it as needed!

  7. I’m usually good at time management, unless there’s a task I’m dreading. Then my schedule goes out the window and I turn into a major procrastinator. I hate that about myself! It happened last night because of a project I had been putting off completing. Thankfully, it’s done now and I can go back to my regularly scheduled lifestyle 🙂
    Pragati // Simple Medicine recently posted…How to: Have a Healthy-ish VacationMy Profile

    1. That’s totally like me too. Then I do it and am like “why didn’t I just do this sooner??”

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