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A day in my life during the summer

Continuing on with the personal posts, this one is more of an “about the blogger” type – I’ve been thinking about making a “day in the life” post for a while, so here’s a summer-themed one!

During the summer, my days are mostly split between rest days and work/study days. During the rest days, I mostly… do nothing, watch some TV, and maybe go out to do a short jogging. The work/study days are much more interesting.

Regardless of the day, I usually go to sleep pretty late, so I tend to wake up late in the morning too : it’s rare to see me emerge before 10 am on a day when I don’t have any video calls scheduled in the morning. Breakfast tends to be optional, depending on how close to 12pm I’m getting up : if it’s too close, I’ll just directly get lunch and get on with the rest of my day.

It’s taken me a while to go beyond the “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” mentality, and actually listen to what my body is telling me – if I’m hungry, I’ll eat something. If I’m not, and just want to eat for no apparent reason, I’ll think about it and try to figure out if the real reason might be boredom, sadness, anxiety, tiredness…

I use a bullet journal to keep track of my daily, weekly and monthly tasks, and I’ll usually check it in the morning after I wake up. If my laptop is on, I’ll also open feedly and check out what new blog posts have come out in the past day or so, and try to comment on a few of these.

Related posts : check out Kal’s post on @reader voraciousWhy I switched to Feedly for blogopping ! It’s an excellent guide on how to use Feedly to your advantage.

A part of my – relatively short – morning is spent studying : I’m taking two intensive classes this summer, and exams are fast approaching (in fact, I have one today!), which means I need to do my best to stay on top of the course work. I’ve been having some difficulties with one of those classes, as the teacher posts videos online and asks the students to watch them at home : the videos are longer and the content is more dense than in an in-person class, and it requires a lot much work to take notes on all of it.

I’ll also try to write some more on a future blog post during that time, as the building is calm and silent in the morning and I can focus much better than in the evening. I try to have a consistent lunch, but it depends on whether or not I have a lot of time before I have to go to work – for the moment, my work schedule is alternating between days when I start at 3:15pm, and days when I start at 4:15 – and it makes a huge difference in what I’m able to do at home before I have to leave.

Our apartment is located downtown, and there’s a big park nearby where me and my boyfriend sometimes go to play American football, or do some jogging – we’d like to do some boxing too, but so far haven’t found the time to do so. Often, after lunch (around 1pm), we’ll go out and spend some time outside before I have to go to work or get back home to attend my online classes.

On an average work day, it takes me about 40 minutes from the moment I leave my apartment to the moment I start working. I walk for about 10 of those, then take the metro, and get to work 5 minutes before my shift begins so I can put on my uniform shirt and grab my cashier bag to open a cash register. (And, if I’ve slept extra late the day before, I leave home 5 minutes earlier and grab a small coffee at Tim Hortons on the way to the metro station. The perks of living in a big city where you don’t have to walk half an hour to get to the nearest Tims…)

I have relatively short work days – the longest one lasts about 6 hours – since I’m not a full-time worker : my heaviest week so far is going to be this week, with a total of 27 hours planned. But I really like this job, and it helps me keep a somewhat good work-life balance : mornings are mine, afternoons and evenings are for work, and I’m home by 10pm every day so I can eat dinner, relax and spend time with my boyfriend.

In all of that, I usually manage to find some reading time during my breaks at work, and in public transport, as well as in my wake-up time before I try to do much of anything else. I’m currently trying my best to get through The way of kings by Brandon Sanderson – I liked his Skyward series so much that I decided to give a chance to his other writing too – and even if it is super interesting, it’s taking me a long time to read.

What does your day-to-day look like during the summer? Does it usually change a lot, or do you have a regular schedule you tend to follow? And how do you fit your favorite activities into your “work” days?

5 Comments

  1. Faith @ Pages Left Unread says

    I loved this post!! It was so interesting to read. I basically have no schedule, and the semblance of organization I do have is absolutely terrible 😭😭 but I really liked reading this

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  2. The only time you’d see me awake before 9 is mostly for work too xD when i’m off I’d get awaken by the weeins (particularly Sheik!) to eat at 7am sharp- but I just give them their food, make them go outside, and then maybe get a drink/food if im hungry and back to sleep we go! XD

    Unless I wake up starving, sometimes i’m hungry in the middle of the night even so well.. when I wake up im even MORE starved rofl- I never was a big breakfast taker. When I was younger, I couldn’t eat if it was too early or it would come right back up x) I’d eat a little something before work though; just in case it’s a busy day, I’d need that fuel ahah but on my own- nah.

    I’m actually impressed.. Go you !! So much dedication for studying and blogging 👏🏼
    I’m not one that was into the studying type xd woops- I don’t work at 3pm anymore, latest I do is noon but still.. most that I do is shower, maybe a post/blog hop if i’m REALLY on the ball; otherwise is sleep. coffee. game and out I go xD then again, i’m much more of a evening/night person that daytime..

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    • Maude says

      Ooh if you start at 12, I’m guessing you finish your work shifts earlier than me? Do you like working earlier more, or would you rather start your shifts later in the day?

      I used to wake up earlier to eat a solid breakfast when I was in high school / my first years of university because of the “most important meal of the day” thing. But since I’ve been trying to listen more to my body and take care of myself, I don’t push myself to eat when I’m not hungry anymore, and won’t make myself feel guilty about food.

      Honestly the studying motivation is actually the easiest : I’ve spent such a long time figuring out what I wanted to do with my life, I don’t want to waste anymore time now. I’m mostly paying for school myself, with student loans and money from working part-time, so if I fail a class it’s my responsibility to pay for it again – it’s a very strong motivator!

      I’d love to game some more next month, I feel like my whole days are taken by productive stuff and not actual leisure. My semester ends on June 25th, so hopefully I’ll be able to convert my study time into gaming and reading time! 😊

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      • Well, if i start at 12 i go until 8.. we used to close at 10 but not right now (thanks covid! Still bright out!). I like starting earlier as I don’t get the time to « erhhh i dint wanna go to work » and just up and go 😂 but same time.. im a night person- so sleeping in is great! Plus it’smire relax so less of me panicking with a mask on xd so really.. idk- i don’t really care all that much?

        Ohh, yes soon it’d all be over and you can do all the gaming you want, hopefully 👏🏼👏🏼 (imean.. yea thoses are real good motivations hahah)

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