I thought I would share my own version of 24. Unfortunately I didn’t get to shoot anyone and I didn’t have to hack any Closed Circuit security systems but it was still a pretty hectic day.
In addition to running an ecommerce startup I also consult for a handful of websites, I’m going to school to get my MBA because I love learning AND I depend on exercise to keep me sane. Here is how I fit it all in.
- 5:30 AM Get up to go cross country skiing up Millcreek Canyon. Okay, when I said “yes” to the idea of getting up early to go skiing, I had no idea that that meant 5:30 AM. It’s still night time and I have to wear a headlamp! I usually get up around 8:00 AM but in the winter it’s really hard to exercise so I’ll roll with it.
- 5:45 AM pick up John. I thought that dentists had Fridays off… turns out that there are a few that don’t. (Wonder if he thinks that part in “Hangover” about the dentist is as funny to him as it is to me.) Good thing I picked up my skis from REI the night before. I rented cross country skis because I’m normally a downhill guy and don’t have cross country skis.
- 7:10 AM back from skiing. I didn’t realize how good of a work out it was to cross country ski. It’s been awhile. I almost stumbled down the stairs because I didn’t realize my legs were that tired. I spend a few minutes chatting with my 10 and 8 year old sons. They’re watching some “japanesee” cartoon that I don’t understand and I wonder to myself when my parents’ interests started to diverge from my own interests.
- 7:45 AM After a quick shower and getting dressed in the dark to avoid waking my wife and sleeping 2-year old, I grab the Wall Street Journal and leave for work.
- 8:00 AM I decide to stop by the bakery for some breakfast. I’m a little disappointed that this location doesn’t have the breakfast bagel sandwiches for $3.00. I buy a croissandwich from Paradise Bakery and leave for work.
- 8:15 AM arrive at work and start reading the Journal. I have to read it for school but rather quite like it. After about 15 minutes I start to read my email. If you ask my kids what I do for a living, they will tell you that I send email and sit in front of a computer all day. They would be right. I think that’s what I do most days. I had a couple of calls, send a quick email campaign and continue answering emails. I check on projects and make a few calls. It’s a good thing I had a big breakfast because I don’t have time to go to lunch. I planned on going skiing with my kids at Alta because it’s free after 3:00 but the time gets away from me so I leave too late to go. It’s okay because their grandparents just got to town from Colorado. I think I’ll go for a quick bike ride.
- 3:30 PM leave for bike ride. Ride for 25 miles with a friend. Talk about jobs, bikes, the weather. Where else can you ski and ride your bike on the same day? It’s amazing really! I have to ride while Paul B. is away so I can drop him when we ride next time. He’s been working out at the gym with the goal of dropping me. Do you think that’s too competitive?
- 5:00 PM arrive back home. Shower and grab a snack of fresh rolls from Great Harvest… ah, what a great bread store!
- 5:45 PM leave for study group.
- 6:00 PM arrive at study group. Study Finance until 10:00 PM.
- 10:15 PM arrive home. Grab leftovers from the fridge and chat with my wife and her parents.
- 11:00 PM sit down to send out an email campaign and make a blog post for a client. I got it all ready to go but then I had to upgrade the account because our subscriber list has grown since we did the redesign. I’ll have to get permission from my client.
- 12:15 AM go to bed and kiss my sleeping wife goodnight.
- 7:00 AM wake up to go to MBA school from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM while trying to answer email and calls during breaks.
This was a little busier than normal but as you can see there is not time to watch TV. I spend quality time with my wife and kids on weekends and evenings.