Work takes up a huge percentage, around 33%, of my waking life, so today I thought I would share what a typical working day is like for me.
I usually wake around 7:00am on a regular weekday when I am going to e working. I wake to the sound of my alarm and set it to snooze for 10mins so I can have a snuggle with Roxy before starting my day. I then get up, have a shower, get dressed and put some makeup on.
I come downstairs and put the kettle on, let Roxy out into the garden and start gathering up my lunch stuff. I make a coffee and at the same time, I make myself a travel mug of coffee. I pack everything I need into my day bag, drink my coffee and find my car keys.
I get into my car and begin my drive to work which doesn’t really take too long. I am usually parked in work by 8:45am. I then sit and have a quick read of some blogs while having a cigarette or a puff on my vape before heading into work at around 8:55am.
I get to my desk at a few minutes to 9 most days. I log in to the system and unpack things I need for the day. I then look at the work that I need to do for the day. My manager has usually split each of my team work that needs to be done during the day, the work varies depending on the types of payment that we need to process. I assess the work that I have been allocated, normally I like to start with the things that take the longest and make my way down the pile in descending time order. I check my emails and reply to anything that needs to be answered, sometimes my manager will have emailed with how she wants work to be completed depending on where we are in the pay cycle. By 9:15am I have a plan in place and I start the day.
I have my breakfast at 10:00am while I work as I have found eating before I take my medication helps me to feel less sicky. I have my breakfast and drink my coffee before taking my meds at 10:30am. I continue to work on processing payments while I eat and have my coffee.
Thi sis universally known as Tea O’clock! At 11:00am I go and make a cup of tea (I drink Tetley Red Bush Vanilla, no sugar, no milk!) and fill my bottle of water up. Once that is done I then return to my desk and check my emails before continuing with processing.
The post has usually arrived by now so I will spend some time opening and sorting the post. Some of our post needs to be logged onto the system and then sent to our sister office for them to process. I usually log the post and pack it up ready to be delivered. This can take an hour or so.
Between 1:00pm and 1:30pm I have my lunch. 90% of the time I sit at my desk and have my lunch while reading my book. I don’t really like our staff room, it is too small and can be super noisy and hot and it can smell weird too, I always feel on edge in there but more comfortable at my desk.
By 1:30pm I have finished my lunch and will start back to work. I like to start my afternoon by balancing figures and making sure that the figures that have been sent to us match with what I have processed, and if not, find out why and make any amendments so that they all are the same.
Did you know that there are officially 2 Tea O’clocks in the working day?! 2:00pm is definitely my favorite of the two! I make myself a cuppa and re-fill my water bottle (that gets filled about 5 or 6 times through the day) then return to my desk to continue processing payments.
I have usually finished my processing for the day so work on paperwork and booking appointments for the last half an hour or so before I start packing up for the day. Sometimes I will work on a bit later (maybe to 6:00pm) depending on how many appointments need to be booked.
- 5:00pm (or 6:00pm)
I pack up and log out of the systems, shut down my computer and then walk to my car and make my journey home.
What does your workday look like? I’d love to hear in the comments!