Back in May, I wrote a bit about my ideal week. I laid out this:
I thought the beginning of the year would be a good week to track my time to see how it’s going. I wasn’t actively thinking about this ideal week. Laura Vanderkam talked about a time tracking challenge to start the year, so I went for it.
I work from home full time, so my work and life can sometimes bleed together, which makes things like sitting down and evaluating how/where my time is going super important. I highlighted my “work” in orange and my work-adjacent things in Green, the latter being important (coaching, talking to a peer at another company, mentor coffee chat, travel for work) but not my job. I worked 41.5 hours (not including meals), spent 3 hours in work adjacent things, and spent 12 hours traveling for work.
The week after this, I spoke at a conference for work. The Walking Dead makes a number of prominent appearances. I was trying to finish/catch up on the current season.
I mostly feel good about where my time went: I read, went to the gym, worked a reasonable amount, hacked on my side project, had 3 social outings (Friday night + 2 on Saturday). I’d like to carve out more time for writing, but I’m a serious procrastinator when it comes to writing and I always find it painful, so it’s not a priority.
Emilie is an Army Wife, Data Engineer, and CrossFitter with a love for working through her thoughts in this space on the internet. She is a contributor to many open source projects including dbt, Meltano, and GitLab. She lives with her husband Casey, their son RJ, and their pup Bo in Columbus, GA.