I’ll be honest with you – coming up with ideas for content is hard. So hard in fact, that I spend more of my time searching for content ideas than I do actually writing it. One of the suggestions that keeps coming up in the ideas I’ve found is to write a ‘Day in Your Life’ post. Obviously, this is something that’s probably going to be more interesting if you have a fascinating job, or you’re someone that people would actually want to read about, but nonetheless, I’ve given it a go. In case you haven’t already realised, my life isn’t particularly newsworthy. Usually a day is only really newsworthy if I get through it without calling someone a bell-end while I’m driving. I’ll let you know when that happens.
This was actually a post I wrote a while back that I shelved, mainly because I thought it wasn’t good enough. However, given that in recent weeks, we’ve all been thrown off when it comes to our routines, so it might be nice to reminisce on a little bit of normality for a change. Plus, my mind isn’t doing all that well in light of recent news, so it’s a case of recycling old content while I try and come up with new ideas. Apologies – I’m doing my best to get back to normal soon.
I usually get up around 6.45am. I do all the basics like brush my teeth and get my face on, before deciding what to wear. One thing I’ve recently discovered working in a job where I can wear my own clothes is how much we take advantage of wearing a uniform. Yes, most of us have probably worn a hideous work uniform at some point, and they’ve been terribly unflattering and uncomfortable. But with a uniform, you never end up hating yourself because every single thing in your wardrobe makes you look like a bin bag full of coleslaw. You just think “I look like shit because of this awful uniform, but I have to wear it anyway.” Working a job where you wear your own clothes basically involves 20 minutes of screaming “I HAVE NO CLOTHES” at your overflowing wardrobe.
Assuming this is a work day, I’ll pack myself some food which usually involves several snacks to eat on top of my lunch. If I’m in a good mood, my snacks will be fruit. If I’m in a crappy one, it’ll be some sort of chocolate. I’ll feed Tilly, who generally will be meowing for attention in the run up to this, and finally, I’ll make myself some breakfast. I struggle majorly to eat in the mornings so breakfast is usually a challenge for me. Years ago I could get away with not eating anything until lunch, but thanks to the wonder that is 100mg of Sertraline, I’m no longer able to do so. On a good day I’ll manage a bowl of cereal, on a crappy day, I can barely manage a banana without worrying I’ll throw up.
My husband and I head off to work soon after. As we both work in Bath it means a bit of a commute, so to avoid arguments over what radio station to listen to, we listen to a few podcasts. Currently, our favourites that we listen to are Off Menu with James Acaster and Ed Gamble, Teenage Mixtape with Joel Dommett and Steve Dunne; and Shagged Married Annoyed with Rosie and Chris Ramsey.
After a morning of writing or doing a fair amount of admin, my lunch is spent catching up on blog posts and scrolling through social media. Obviously given current events, I’m trying to stop doing the social media side of things so much, but it never usually goes to plan. Some days, I’ll also end up browsing clothes and beauty websites for shopping that I don’t particularly need. My goal of trying to stop spending money on crap generally stops me from going out every day, but if I’m having a crappy morning, a trip to Paperchase often makes me feel better.
The afternoon at work usually flies by where it gets pretty busy, so before you know it I’m on my way home again. The drive home is usually a pretty long one where traffic getting out of Bath is horrific, but again, we try and improve it with a podcast.
When I get home my usual plan is to do a workout. I’ve mentioned a few times now that my fitness routine involves Cassey Ho’s workouts on the Blogilates YouTube channel. She has monthly calendars on her website that I follow which saves picking videos each day, and each one is a different area to make sure that your whole body gets a workout. I’ve also started doing Yoga with Adriene workouts over the weekends too.
After a workout I’ll shower and get straight into my PJs. I swear these days I wear pyjamas more than I do actual clothes. In between waiting for dinner the plan is usually either to do a bit of writing, but 9 out of 10 times I’ll sit on my phone looking at Facebook. Not particularly the healthiest of habits!
After dinner comes a pile of washing up. One of the chores I despise, but we generally use it as our way of catching up on the day’s events. Once that’s done, we’ll settle in for some TV. What we watch depends on the day and whether or not we’ve got a new show on the go. At the moment, given all of the shit going on the world, we’re going for a little comedy, so we’re watching Black Books.
We generally head to bed around half 10 (so hardcore) and after brushing my teeth I’ll read a little of my book before going to sleep – at the moment I’m reading Help Me! by Marianne Power. My rule is once I’m in bed I stop looking at Facebook and Instagram, so reading works as quite a nice way to get settled as opposed to reading or seeing something that pisses me off. You’d be surprised, it happens a lot.
So that’s it. That’s my day in a nutshell. As you can probably tell, my life is hardcore AF. I guess this particular format only really works if you’re famous or you have a really cool job. Maybe I’ll attempt it again in a few years!
What does a typical day look like for you? Let me know in the comments!