I love day-in-the-life posts and seeing how people spend their days. Or, I’m just very nosey. I decided to do one last week, but then I hedged on publishing. I’m not sure that I am particularly interesting and it feels really self-indulgent. After debating it, I decided to hit publish. For those who find that toddler-mom/business owner dynamic interesting. This covers Wednesday, April 27th.
For those who don’t know me well, hey there, I’m Danielle. I own two businesses, Businessese and Hashtag Legal, with my partner, Jamie. I have a two year old. I work from home, but my son is in preschool full-time. I like to read more than the average person. I like making lists and this post is basically a really elaborate list
6:10 – Alarm goes off. Bathroom break. Check phone. No crisis, so phone stays there.
6:15 to 6:25 – Feed cats and bunny. Unload dishes and load the new ones. Forget to start tea kettle for husband. (Sorry, husband.)
6:25 to 7:05 – Shower. Make bed. Dry Hair. Read The Skimm and Trending Parent on my phone while I dry my hair. Makeup required because of the Summit recording later today. Here’s the rather sleepy tired look. (People, I even turned off Beauty Face for you. Because I’m keeping it real.)
7:05-7:35 – Toddler time. Get ready for school, snuggle, and play. This is me and the toddler hanging out in a blanket fort. He’s in the let’s-pile-all-the-things-on-us stage.
7:35 to 8:05 – School drop off. No hot air balloons today. (Boo.) Listen to Mercedes in the Morning on the way. Podcasts on the way back since that leg of the drive is one of their commercial breaks. Learn about email management on Biz Chix. Feel smug that there are under five emails in my each of my inboxes. (I hate clutter and that applies to my inboxes too.)
8:05 to 8:30 – Cook and eat breakfast while listening to the podcast. Scrambled eggs with toast. Which I eat every single morning. Start Laundry #1. Clean kitchen counters.
8:30 to 8:45 – Daily prep. Write yesterday’s update in baby journal. Review email. Look at social channels. Review to-do list. Reply to anything pressing. Do not get sucked into social media vortex. Today is busy. Do not start reviewing Facebook. Be strong.
10:00 to 10:30 – Final review of materials for Food Entrepreneur Summit. (I’m talking privacy and contracts for food entrepreneurs and bloggers.) Get camera-ready while practicing. Wardrobe change.
11:40 to 11:50 – Put away Laundry #1. #2 into the dryer. #3 in the washer.
11:50 to 12:30 – Another wardrobe change. DailyBurn workout. (BTW, I have had to take a break from DailyBurn for the past few days because I injured myself on a toddler toy and bruised my knee to the point where exercise really hurts.)
12:30 to 1:00 – Respond to emails. Get extremely distracted by Clio, which we just set up for Hashtag Legal. [One of my greatest skills is procrastination through things that appear to be work. But, really, it’s just something shiny for me to do that isn’t on my to-do list.] Tell myself that I will not be distracted from a big project that I am working on during the afternoon.
1:00 to 1:15 – Screw around on the internet. Get annoyed with self for wasting time. Because, seriously, just had conversation with self about distractions via Clio.
1:15 to 1:25 – Self-flagellate regarding wasted time while folding Laundry #2. #3 transferred to dryer. #4 in washer. (Today is riveting with the laundry. However, surprising to no one, I have to fold laundry when it is done. There are no piles of stuff waiting to be folded with me. 6 minutes to fold a load is my laundry PR.)
1:25 to 1:35 – Quick lunch while reading In Cold Blood, one of my 40 before 40 books.
1:35 to 2:20 – Focus on legal work for Hashtag Legal. Finally.
2:20 to 2:30 – Break to stretch and get a snack. Start rice cooker for dinner. Fold laundry #3. #4 into dryer. #5 into washer.
2:30 to 3:30 – Back to Hashtag Legal.
3:30 to 3:40 – Fold Laundry #4. #5 set out to air dry.
3:40 to 3:50 – Legal work
3:50 – Interruption teen style
3:50 to 4:10 – Legal work
4:10 – Interruption tween style.
4:10 to 4:30 – Legal work.
4:30 – think, oh crap, I need to leave. Review what I got done today. Create tomorrow’s to-do list. Change into clothes acceptable for public viewing.
4:30 to 5:10 – School pick-up. Listen to podcast and occasionally pause to sing with toddler.
5:10 to 5:45 – Toddler time. First, we pile things on top of Lightning McQueen. All of the dinosaurs are excellent drivers.
Then, we play who wore it best, toddler edition. The clear winner is Beautiful Dinosaur. The tie brings out his evil little eyes. (That pointy thing is his favorite sleep companion.)
5:45 to 6:00 – Start dinner and continue toddler time. Deal with intermittent fits of toddler passion/rage because toddler is not happy that my attention is on the turkey chili rather than him.
6:30 – Dinner. Beg toddler to eat something. Watch toddler eat approximately 3 grains of rice, which he begged for, and 3 small pieces of pineapple. Wonder where toddler gets energy with seemingly insufficient fuel. (I am told the toddler eats like a champ at school.)
7:45 – Toddler Bedtime.
7:45 to 8:00 – Clean up kitchen from dinner
8:00 to 8:45 – Work on this post and accompanying photos.
8:45 to 9:40 – Read while walking. Read while sitting. Talk to husband. The usual winding down sort of thing.
9:40 – Start prepping for bed. Wash face, potions and lotions. Castor oil on the lashes. Floss and brush teeth. Turn a/c down to really low temps because house must be freezing for sleep.
10:15 – Goodnight!