Someone recently told me I had poor time management skills.
I almost laughed.
If attending grad school full-time while working a full-time job or training for a 140.6 triathlon while working a full-time job have taught me anything, it’s been incredible time management skills. Without it, it would have been next to impossible to receive my MA in two years or to qualify for Kona. So, I beg to differ.
That statement got me thinking, though… how exactly do I manage my time to get it all in everyday (or, at least most of it)? Here’s a look at typical weekday, which is usually bookended with a 5:17a alarm and 10p bedtime. It’s pretty much go-go-go from the minute my feet hit the floor until I crawl back into bed that night. And, as much as I’d like to do nothing some days, I wouldn’t change this crazy + fun lifestyle for anything.
Be sure to stop by every Friday in April as I run through my time hacks – strategies I’ve learned to help me maximize my time and fit in 15 hours of swimbikerun each week, a full-time job (with a shitty commute… 5-6.5 hours per week… waaah!) and quality time with family + friends.
With that, here’s a peek at a typical weekday, my Wednesday this week…
5:29a – good morning!
I overslept about 10 minutes – I like to be up and functioning for a bit before swimming – so I bounded out of bed when my alarm went off for the second time. While my coffee brewed in the Bialetti, I packed my post-swim breakfast and leftovers for lunch. Four bags in tow, and I’m out the door by 6a for masters (which is about 20-25 minutes away)!
6:30a – masters
Here we go, lane three! The 3,300-yard workout consisted of a lot of 100s + 150s and some flip turn work (they’re improving!). Not pictured below are my new ROKA R1 goggles in light vermillion… great peripheral vision, so clear and perfect color for indoor!
The pool is conveniently located two miles from my office, so I haul all my workday necessities with me and get ready at the community center. Bonus of getting up so early: I miss rush hour traffic from our house! I-494 is a breeze at 6:10a!
8:30a – arrive at work + breakfast
The first thing I do after arriving at work: Make my breakfast. I’m usually starving, so I can’t shovel my coconut-chia seed-pure clean powder oatmeal in my mouth fast enough. Other daily provisions include GT’s gratitude kombucha, Mary’s Gone Crackers, all the green tea and (not pictured) coconut barnana (and the pill box of Sound Probiotics, Optygen and vitamin D).
8:45a – work all day
I recently transitioned to a senior writer + editor at work, so have been adjusting to new responsibilities and schedules. Today was a meeting-free day(!), so it was head down at my desk, writing, catching up on miscellaneous projects and digging through my inbox – and, many trips in between to the kitchen for hot tea! (Not pictured: bison, sweet potatoes + Brussels sprouts leftovers for lunch around 12:30p… too hungry and forgot to take a pic.)
4:25p – leave work
I tried to get out of the office a bit early to beat traffic, but alas, it still took 30 minutes to get home. There’s no easy route, and almost every evening commute is at least a half-hour (40-45 minutes is typical). In the parking garage prior to leaving…
5:05p – arrive home
VPN back in to the office to wrap up a bit more work before calling it a day around 6p.
6:15p – evening ride prep + ride
My Argon 18 went to a new good home on Tuesday, so I prepped my Trek Madone road bike for the trainer… pedals on, rear wheel swap, new Garmin sensor battery. It took way longer than it should have (because my Garmin wouldn’t find the sensor on the rear wheel), so I didn’t start my 90-minute ride until 6:50p. The workout (a favorite!): 2x (10x – 1:00 hard + 1:00 recovery). An interesting ride since it was my first time on my road bike since September(?), and it doesn’t have power. The occasionally blind ride is a good reminder of what it should *feel* like! (High watts still hurt, in case you’re wondering.)
8:25p – done biking, dinner prep + dinner
Nick plays soccer on Wednesdays, so I was on my own for dinner. Tonight’s menu: deconstructed turkey tacos with avocado, pickled beets (THE BEST), cilantro and tortilla chips. Currently one of my favorite things to eat. Bonus: it takes less than 20 minutes to make. Inhaled while sitting on the sofa watching Criminal Minds.
9:15p – peppermint tea + personal work
This was the first time all day I really felt like I took a deep breath and relaxed. I did some mindless scrolling through social and worked on this blog post before I cleaned up the kitchen, brushed my teeth and crawled into bed.
10:15p – reading in bed + lights out
After about 20 pages in the Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, lights out and ready to repeat on Thursday!