What is Your Daily Schedule?

by Kevin on December 10, 2008

Have you put any thought into how you setup each of your days? Do you live life intentionally — I’m going to get X, Y, and Z done today? Or do you live life as it comes?

This is something I’ve been pondering lately. Is my daily schedule appropriate for what I want to achieve? Am I spending enough time with my wife? Am I putting enough effort into my MBA work?

Let’s take a look.

My Daily Routine:

This naturally varies from day to day. No day is exactly the same as the last for anyone — but general themes remain the same.

  • Get up, put on outdoor clothes, take dog for a walk
  • Return from walk, get ready for work, check e-mail, write post for No Debt Plan if I don’t have one already written for the day
  • Chug my instant breakfast drink (faster, easier, nutritional)
  • Leave for work
  • Work all day, go to lunch meetings with clients
  • Depending on the day, come home and have dinner with my wife then either relax, go to MBA class, play with the dog, work on household duties (cleaning up, budgeting, etc.), or work on school assignments.
  • Sleep (usually not long enough).

That pretty much wraps up an average weekday for me. Could I tweak it to use my time better? Can we come up with a new system for handling household issues? One of our issues has been the simple fact of handling the mail. I usually bring it in when I get home from work. We have a “inbox” — good idea, right? The only problem is we wait a while to go through the pile of stuff in the inbox and throw out the crap. Not exactly a good system.

Can we improve our system? I’m not sure, but I’m putting more thought into it.

What about my readers? Do you guys plan out each day or just live it as it comes? Have you tried to change your routine in the past? Did it work, or did you fail? Come to the blog and leave a comment. This is something I’m really interested in.


Ashley @ Wide Open Wallet December 10, 2008 at 10:31 am

Oh yeah, I’m all about the routines. Are you kidding… if I didn’t have routines I would weigh 300 lbs and know the afternoon TV line up by heart.

Wake up at 7:00, get daughter off to school.
Take a walk
Write a post, read my reader, comment on no debt plan. 🙂 from 8:30 to 9:30
Run errands
Lunch at 11:00
Put my son down for a nap and get stuff done around the house.
Get my daughter home from school, work on homework
Cook, eat, clean up dinner from 4:00 to 6:00ish
Baths for the kids
Bed for the kids between 7:00 and 8:00
Work out
Say hi to my husband
Bed at 10:00ish

Oh, and someplace in there I take two classes and do my own homework.

Fit Wallet December 10, 2008 at 10:54 am

Oh yeah, I’ve got a routine. It varies, but for the most part it looks like this Monday through Thursday:

6am: wake up, feed dogs and cats, get ready for work
7am: arrive at work
12pm: bike home to let dogs out and eat lunch
1pm: bike back to work
5pm: pick up groceries, go to the bank or drugstore on the way home
5:30pm: cook dinner for me and girlfriend
6:30-10:00: downtime with girlfriend, chores, volunteer commitment
10:00: feed pets and go to bed

On Fridays, I go to the park with the dogs and catch up on my volunteer commitment (10-20 hours per week). Weeknights are tough though. I always find that I spend more time in front of the TV than I meant to, and not enough time on chores like laundry, cleaning, dishes, etc.

Mr. ToughMoneyLove December 10, 2008 at 12:26 pm

My schedule is similar except for the MBA class. I spend that time managing our money, researching, and writing. When my schedule begins to annoy me, I try to remember that I am doing all of those things to expedite the arrival of the day when I no longer need a schedule, or at least one that has “work” stuck in the middle of it.

Christina December 10, 2008 at 8:03 pm

I definitely have a routine, but with three little boys, it is a little more loosely structured than it used to be! Instead I rely quite heavily on my Franklin Covey planner (left over from my working days). I keep pretty detailed lists of what I need to do today, tomorrow, next week, etc. If it doesn’t get done today, I make sure I forward it to another day. It’s been the best tool to keep me on track.

Start-Up January 8, 2009 at 3:43 pm

I suppose your schedule has to be a bit more structured than mine with an MBA courseload, but I definitely don’t have much of a schedule.

I do nothing between waking up and going to work. After work I either tutor twice a week or go home. At home I either play video games, work out or watch TV. After dinner I do my blogging and then more of the same as before dinner.

My work hours can vary depending on when I want to get up. I can get in as early as 7 or as late as 10. I suppose I really don’t have much of a schedule because of that.

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