I’ve now been back at work for 4 months and it’s all about the routine. A bit of a juggling act to say the least, trying to get the important stuff done, and not worry about those little things that can really wait until the weekend. Above all, it’s about organisation and getting my shizz together before all hell breaks loose. Life has changed, and is as busy as it gets and so I thought I’d share my ins and outs of the day.
I work in London 3 days a week and then 1 day from home, which I’m eternally grateful for. The commute into London makes it all a bit tiring but it’s been worth it to work in a job I’m enjoying for the moment. On the plus side, the commute means I have a couple of windows in the day to just breathe (assuming I’m not standing face-to-face with another commuter for the entire journey) and relax for a few moments. I thought I’d start from the top with Mondays, here’s how it goes for me…
7am – Alarm goes off for the day, but sometimes I’m woken beforehand by my other alarm clock, Emma and we have a cuddle in bed.
7.15am – Breakfast with Emma, she usually has a toast and fried egg & I have a cheese omelette with a strong coffee.
7.30am – Jump in the shower to get ready for the day.
7.45am – Emma and I play together for a little bit and get her changed into clothes for the day.
8am – Leave the house to go to work, parking at the station and getting the train to Waterloo.
8.45am – Pick up another coffee before the train arrives (force of habit these days) and get the train into work.
10am – Arrive at work to check emails from the Friday before as I have Friday’s off work, so Monday feels like a big catch up morning.
10.30am-6pm – My day is usually a mix of quite a few meetings plus working with colleagues to run through schedules and budgets for the productions we are working on.
1pm – Break for lunch and try to head outside to get some fresh air.
6pm – On the dot, I have to pack away my stuff and run to the train station. It’s military timing with this one and I know if I miss the 18:08 train, I won’t be able to put Emma to bed. So it.is.ON!
7pm – Arrive back at the car park and drive home to see Emma
7.15pm – When I pull up to the house, Emma is almost always reading a book with her Nanny, which is the sweetest sight in the world. I give her milky goodness and it’s straight to bed.
7.30pm-10.30pm – Spend the evening eating dinner, watching TV and doing a bit of blog stuff too.
10.30-11.30pm – Emma wakes for her midnight bottle, which we haven’t managed to drop yet. Sometimes this is closer to midnight, but seems to always happen.
4am – Usually she wakes for some water too but goes straight back to bed afterwards…and off we go again!
It is a jam-packed routine but seems to be working; I still get to see Emma in the morning and evenings and really appreciate our Friday-Sunday weekends. And sure enough, the routine will need changing along that way, as Emma gets older and needs different things. But for now, I’ll power through the busy parts of the week and enjoy the quality time together when we can.