This morning, I woke up a little before my alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. I was having an anxiety dream, and it involved Dutch, my mom, and my brother (read: the three most important people in my life) so I was more than happy to wake up from that!
I took Dutch on his first morning walk, fed him and emptied the dishwasher while he ate (he won’t eat unless I’m physically in the kitchen with him, so because he’s spoiled, I stay in the kitchen and if I can make my time productive, even better!), took a shower, did my hair and makeup, got dressed, packed my lunch, and then took Dutch on his second morning walk.
I left for work around 7:10 and managed to score a prime parking spot in our parking garage. Woohoo!
Once at work, I made my breakfast shake, chatted with my coworkers for a bit, and then got started on my day. I edited the rest of the articles I had written yesterday and sent the off to my proofing partner, and then wrote four more articles.
A little after 11:15, I left work to drive home and take Dutch on his afternoon walk. Fairly uneventful – we walked, we snuggled, I left. I did manage to snag my same awesome parking spot when I got back to work, which never, ever happens.
I had the most unproductive afternoon at work – it was seriously impressive how little I got done! I managed to finish one last blog article, and after editing the articles I had written earlier, I sent them to my proofing partner. (Another client finished for this month – yay!) From then on, though, it was a struggle. I refreshed Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram approximately four billion times. Played at least a dozen games of Candy Crush. Read blogs. Sigh. At the end of the day, I managed to edit and send off monthly content to one of my clients, and write a half-page of content for another client. Not ideal.
Since I’m technically still on schedule this month, I didn’t beat myself up for this unproductive afternoon because they definitely happen here. There are only so many days where I can sit and write, write, write. It just means I have to maintain my focus for the rest of the month. I can do this!
I left work at 5 and got home a little after 5:30. While the commute to work is easier than it was when I lived in St. Pete, the commute home is definitely worse. I guess it all balances out, though?
Once home, I took Dutch on his walk and then chatted with Roomie for a little bit. Right before I decided to sit down and do my NaNoWriMo writing for the day, Dutch threw up! He hasn’t thrown up since the night he was super sick, so it was a bit troubling. But he seemed okay, so we snuggled on the couch and I started writing.
After I wrote 1,000 words, I decided to take a break for dinner. I took Dutch out for another nighttime walk, fed him (I gave him some bland GI-safe food that he scarfed down), and then put a frozen pizza in the oven for me.
As my pizza cooked and then while I ate it, I finished Monday’s episode of The Voice, and then finished up my NaNoWriMo writing for the day (1,668 words total).
It was around 9 p.m. at this point, so I cleaned up the tiny mess I made in the kitchen, took a bubble bath, did my nighttime routine, and then snuggled in bed with Dutch and my book.
Lights out tonight at 10:30 p.m.!
Thoughts on today: As you can probably see, my nights aren’t exactly the most thrilling. Sometimes, I feel bad about that but most times, I don’t. I really, really like having low-key weeknights. My job can sometimes take a lot out of me, and I like the days where I can just go home and relax on the couch. Plus, with Dutch, I hate leaving him at night when I’ve left him all day. (I try to avoid this whenever possible.) I’m not someone who thrives on being busy (in fact, it’s an anxiety trigger for me!) and as an introvert, I need these low-key nights to recharge. The last thing I will ever do is apologize for doing something that feels good to me, so you can have your busy schedules. I’ll take slowness any day.
Do you find that you follow up super productive days with an unproductive one like me? Are you someone who thrives on busyness or slowness, or do you fall somewhere in the middle?