When I started thinking about my weekly wrap post, my week was very typical, and absolutely nothing special happened. So I thought I would instead write about my typical work day. Indeed, I got a lot of positive feedback on my French or American ? food post, so I thought a peak into my daily life might interest readers also.
6:30 a.m. alarm goes off and I immediately get up. If I am running, I will get dressed, warm up, maybe have some coffee and be out of the door by 7. (6:30 is early by French standards, as school doesn’t start for children until 8 or 9, and most people get into the office around 9 or 9:30).
I walk 10 minutes to my running route, and for safety reasons, I have a mile portion of the road where I run back & forth on. I never go into the park on week day mornings, there are not enough people.
Sometimes I share the path with bikers, but those who bike to work don’t usually leave until later, so I have the path pretty much all to myself.
On the days that I don’t run, I usually work on my blog for an hour.
8:15 a.m. back home. Stretch. Plank. Breakfast. Check email to make sure there are no emergencies.
8:40 a.m. shower and dress
9:00 – 9:10 a.m. I leave for work. I drive, and don’t live that far, but time depends on traffic. I usually get in by 9:30. I stop at the cafeteria and pick up a cup of coffee. Because I work internationally, I don’t have fixed office hours. If I have to take a call at 7 a.m., I do. If I have a call at 10 p.m. I do. My work just needs to get done.
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Work ! As I work internationally, with the time differences, I spend the mornings talking to people in Asia, and Europe.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. lunch. We have a cafeteria in our building, so everyone eats there. No one brings their lunch. There are lot of healthy options, with 4 or 5 stands to chose from. We then have coffee. If my kids are home for school vacation, I might drive home and eat with them, taking a longer lunch.
1:30 p.m. -…. when ever. Depending on the amount of work I have, I will leave the office anywhere from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. I work a lot with the US, and working late allows me to connect for a few hours with the Americans.
I arrive home between 7 and 8 p.m. and immediately think about dinner. My husband has been getting home between 8:30 and 9 p.m. and my kids have activities many nights, and are not home until 8:30 p.m. Most of my cooking is done on the weekends, so we usually have leftovers.
8:30 to 9 p.m. Eat dinner as a family. It is nice enough at the moment for us to eat dinner outside on the balcony. It is light out until at least 10 p.m. and the sun sets on this part of our apartment, so we always have light.
9 – 11 p.m. Work on blog. Talk with kids & husband. Watch tv. Read. Check work email to make sure there are no emergencies in the US.
11:00 p.m. Try to be in bed !
This varies of course on the days I travel for work, or the days I work from home, which is one to 2 days a week on average. This past week was 100% typical of my work week : Monday I was in Switzerland, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I was in the office, Friday I worked from home.
With regards to this week’s fitness, the good news is that my pesky leg pain is nothing serious. I had an ultrasound one day and there was no damage or trauma. I am seeing the sports doctor Tuesday, to be sure all is ok, but I was able to run / walk 2 days this week. In order to be really nice with my leg, I ran on trails today. It was nice and cool and the soft trails were just what my legs needed.
I have also been planking and doing my pushups regularly, but not 100 every day. I try to do them during commercials but then I get talking to my kids or husband and forget.
And that’s a wrap !
Tell me one random thing about your week ! If you work, what time do you have to be into the office ?