A Day in the Life: November 2014
Today was Tuesday, a work day.
How To Make Your Way to Work
- Wake up at 6:30am.
- Feel awesome.
- Get out of bed eventually, and eventually make the 7:34am bus.
- Catch the train at the station once the bus gets there.
There was very little to do to get ready, and I was surprised I was quicker than usual. I guess I didn’t put too much unnecessary thought into my outfit. I put on a long skirt, a loose sleeveless top, and sparkly brown flats. The flats are getting old, but I like to wear them occasionally. I was at the bus stop early, which is a bit of a record for me. I usually walk to a further bus stop, but I made this one.
Just a little side note on nightmares
I also had a very unpleasant nightmare during the night (I actually woke up trying to scream, then didn’t feel accomplished, so I actually did scream). I dreamed that some people I knew wanted to play a game where you lie in the sand and a machine blows sand and pillows at you, and you have to throw pillows at people. I was so uncomfortable and frightened that I left, but then those people caught up with me and we were sitting in a car. I was trying to clean sand out of my ear, only to have a huge spider come out of my ear and bite me on the finger. That was the point at which I woke up.
How to Be Productive While Commuting
- Message or text your friends endlessly.
- Listen to music.
- Reply to emails you forgot to reply to last week.
- Clean your email inbox, if you’re the inbox-zero kind of person I am.
I did manage to reply to a handful of emails, as well as clean out the majority of my work email inbox. I also dealt with a few personal emails, though some of them require further action before I can file them away.
How to Work, At Work
- Make a pot of tea.
- Ask your product manager(s) what needs to be done, because for some reason you have nothing to do at the present moment.
- Have a stand-up meeting at 10am.
- Fix some issues that were recently discovered, because they take priority.
- Eventually take a break to go to the gym.
- Go through the afternoon reading up on important documentation.
- Have a long meeting from 4pm to 6pm for the sprint planning of one of the products you are working on.
I feel like I could have been more productive today, but I did get a fair bit of work in. I am expecting more in the days to come!
How to Work Out at the Gym
- Exercise bike for five minutes.
- Row for five minutes, fast as you can.
- Exercise bike for two-and-a-half minutes.
- Crossfit trainer for five minutes.
- I have no idea what those things are called, but you pull a bar down and yeah, it works your arm muscles. Neat.
- Do a whole heap of ab exercises!
- Well, shower, eventually, yeah.
I guess I do a bit of everything at the gym. I usually do mostly cardio, and one day last week I did mostly strength training, but I’ve been mixing it up a bit.
Just a little side note on lunch
I was just going to eat oats for lunch (since we have a stocked cupboard at work with an endless supply of cereal and oats), but opted for a salmon sushi roll. Emi was telling me that it was a better idea to have a bit of protein. I had a $1 coffee voucher – which could also be used on tea – so I used it to buy a (soy) chai tea latte.
How to Commute Home
- Buy Starbucks. Don’t be an idiot and forget to order soy if you’re lactose intolerant.
- Catch a different train line to the one you normally do, because your neighbour & best friend offered you a ride home from the station.
- Do ridiculously productive stuff on the train too, as you drink your beverage.
How to Spend The Rest of Your Day Doing Whatever, Really
- Eat dinner that your father kindly bought you, after suffering a bit from the non-soy-milk beverage you just bought.
- Drink some tea, more tea, more tea!
- Wash the dishes.
- Have a random conversation with your parents about how you hate cake, but are partial to Red Velvet cake only.
- Clean just a bit of your room. Just a little bit, because you can’t be stuffed right now.
- Lie on your bed and dream of tomorrow.
I suppose my parents only want to buy a cake because they have a $10 voucher, which is a bit typical of them, but I know I would do the same. I know that just because you have a voucher doesn’t mean you have to use it, but it is tempting sometimes.
My dad had travelled to the other side of town to buy some food from a restaurant that my mum loves. I didn’t finish the whole container he got me because the serving size was ridiculous. But that means more for later days.
Just a little side note on sleep
Get as enough as you humanly can. And have no nightmares.