In the spirit of sharing, today I will document a typical work day in the life of Ms. FAF (aka me). Hope you enjoy!
The alarm goes off to wake me up from my sleep. I get up and go to the bathroom to start my day: washing my face, brushing my teeth, putting on contact lenses, combing my hair, and putting on Neutrogena moisturizer. I don’t wear makeup, so it saves me a bit of time in the morning.
Time to get dressed. I check the weather forecast app on my phone to see what outfit will be comfortable for the day. It usually takes me 10 seconds to decide.
However, sometimes it takes me 5 minutes. I’d try on the clothes and don’t feel good in it.
I’d go from one dress to another and then get upset at myself because I just wasted 5 minutes of my life on something unnecessary.
Time for breakfast. I head to the kitchen to prepare a quick breakfast: soy milk and multi-grain cereal or oatmeal. While microwaving breakfast, I put the lunch I prepare the previous day in my lunch bag and throw in a spoon.
Time to go to work. I walk to the Metro station, which takes me approximately 15 minutes.
I’ve been listening to the Smart Passive Income podcasts by Pat Flynn to learn about how to grow a blog and produce future products (i.e. ebooks).
I arrive at the Metro station. The train runs every 6 minutes. Sometimes I miss by it 5 seconds and just can’t forgive myself for being slow until the next train arrives.
While waiting at the platform and sitting on the train, I’ll check out new posts on personal finance blogs and leave feedback.
I arrive at the office. I turn on the computer, comb my hair again (it’s usually a bit messed up because of the wind), get 2 big cups of hot water (I don’t drink coffee or tea), and go to the restroom to check my outfit.
I check email and start to get work done.
I go to heat up my lunch and make a quick trip to the bathroom while waiting for the food to be ready.
I used to have lunch at exactly noon. But the kitchen is always crowded at that time, and I don’t want to wait for 5 minutes to heat up something for 2 minutes.
I normally read online news or blogs while eating lunch.
A typical lunch at work
I finish lunch and head to the shower room in the office to bush my teeth. I have a separate set of toothbrush and toothpaste at my desk.
I don’t usually like chewing gum after eating to have a fresh breath. Gum is not cheap, and it’s just not as effective as brushing.
Brushing curbs my temptation to snack since I know I’ll have to brush my teeth again. I just don’t like the aftertaste after eating. But sometimes our office has some delicious free food, and I just can’t resist.
I do feel guilty, but oh well, we don’t get free food all the time.
Free food at the office. I just can’t resist this beauty.
Back to work. If there’s not free food in the office, I usually don’t snack or eat anything else for the rest of the afternoon.
I head out of the office to go to the Metro station.
I arrive at the Metro station. On the way home, I’ll finish the podcast I started in the morning or listen to my favorite songs.
I arrive at my dear home and start heating up food for dinner. I always prep food on Sunday, so it doesn’t take long for me to have dinner ready.
Sometimes I want to have instant noodles or make some soup, which will take about 10 minutes longer than usual. I usually catch up on my Youtube videos while eating dinner.
I’m done with dinner and start doing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen.
Time for a shower. I know many people shower in the morning. But after a day of sweating, inhaling dust from outdoors, and walking everywhere, I want to have a refreshing shower and change into my pajamas.
I like smelling nice and fresh when I hit the bed. My evening doesn’t officially start until I’m done with the shower.
Done with shower and applying lotion & moisturizer.
7:30 PM – 8 PM
I check my email, Facebook, Youtube, and my blog stats for the day. I also read and comment on other blogs, respond to comments on mine, and write a new blog post.
8:00 – 9 PM
I talk to Mr. FAF and Baby FAF. We currently live in different places (only temporarily).
9:00 – 10:30 PM
I continue writing new blog posts or work on some technical issues related to my blog.
Time to go to bed.
There you have it: A look at my typical work day. 🙂