Each day is a little different as a remote R&D consultant. I make my own routine within a lack of general structure.
The morning of writing this, as a side note, is a busy example of the self-created structure combined with a go-with-the-flow mentality and changing out bits and pieces of my general schedule.
Current schedule: This is subject to change. For January, my project workload is leaner, so I have the ability to wake up later in my work schedule. Otherwise, I would normally get up around 7am during the Monday-Friday work week. I also put in a few hours on the weekends, but generally like to confine my work life to the week (for my own mental sanity) and have the weekends for being with my friends, family and my partner.
8:30 am: Wake-up.
9:00 am: Make coffee and check emails and respond to Microsoft Teams work messages. Review projects briefly for the day.
I usually will review financial/stock market news (I recieve Finimize updates throughout the week), and read an article related to marketing or business features. This is in addition to any project updates that come through the mail from my colleagues.
9:50 am: Practice lessons in German on Duolingo, which was an app I detailed more in-depth within this blog post. (Currently my personal win is topping out the Emerald leaderboard.)
10:30: Usually making breakfast and my second cup of coffee, while showering and quickly getting ready for the day. I like to shower and prepare for the day (including putting on makeup), even on days where I know I’m working exclusively from home. It helps me stay within a routine and feel my best.
11:00 am: Logging into Teams again. Marking off tasks in Asana. Reviewing documents and making changes to listing materials, phase development features and tasks on deck. Making edits to blog posts. Scheduling blog posts. Troubleshooting plug-ins and tracking codes. Cleaning out lists and storage areas of Teams or other locations. Testing automation features, designing websites and programs, and sending additional edits to Asana and BitBucket. Etc…
3:30 pm: Generally will stop for lunch around this time. Although I may eat lunch at 5pm at times.
I’ll often eat toast with eggs or hummus or a vegan ham & cheese sandwich. I’ll sometimes make a light tomato salad on the side, and pair further with fruit (dried or fresh) and have some kombucha or sparkling water.
I like watching finance or business/entrepreneur related YouTube videos while I’m eating for insight on company structuring and development, finance tips and information on furthering my career development. My favorite young adult entrepreneur at the moment is Natalie Barbu.
4:00pm: Back to the grind. Sometimes this is where coffee #3 comes into play. Similar tasks as above.
6:00pm: Change outfits and gather essentials for the gym. If it’s a Monday, I do this a half an hour earlier in order to head out to make my personal trainer appointments at 6pm at L.A. Fitness. My boyfriend occasionally joins me for a session as a challenge.
I go to the gym about 3 times a week on a Monday-Friday schedule. If it’s a good week, I’ll 4-5 times.
8:00pm: If I’m not heading to the grocery store or filling up on gas after the gym, I’m at home again to take a body shower and wind down for the evening.
9:45 pm: I’ll generally make a simple meal for dinner. My go-to is usually a chickpea and vegetable salad with quinoa, a homemade almond butter dressing, and air-fried potato wedges. Otherwise a breakfast burrito is in the works.
11pm: This is my time to read, listen to music or play the Wii U with my roommates. Time to wind down.
I’ll also take this time to review my schedule on my phone in order to see what the next day has in store. Depending on how busy I anticipate being, I’ll go ahead and make a list of what I need to accomplish on a notepad and make a schedule in my phone’s Google calendar of how to time-batch items.
12:30-1am: This is my current bedtime. I’ll go to bed with some relaxation music on and my skincare routine completed.
I note this time, but I also should mention the fact that work can message me at any time to troubleshoot and make design edits, given the fact that the rest of my team is fully-distributed and international. On some occasions, I’ve been up until 4am to work on essential edits for a web-based project. However, this isn’t often and generally, after midnight, I’m off the clock and automatically will silence Teams notifications until 7:30 am.
Overall, this is my general day-to-day. The routine is a key part of what keeps me on track. My hours and work schedule are flexible. My team is more independent in work tasks and a lot of my work involves self-motivation and discipline. Nothing would get done, otherwise.
There are certainly days where I change it up and head out to coffee shops and visit family in order to get a change of scenery for my office space and be around others who are motivated and working independently as well.
Currently, I’m looking into Work Club events in the Portland area. This is a venture that started in September/October of last year. If you’re on the West Coast, it’s worth looking into for meeting others and getting free coffee on the first visit!