An average day
(Originally prompted by this HN thread. I didn’t get enough magical internet points to sate my positive feedback mechanisms, so I decided to elaborate a bit and post it here as well.)
07.30 am → Alarm goes off.
08.00 am → Wake up.
08.15 am → Summon energy to make eggs, shower, etc.
08.45 am → Listen to hypem and read personal emails/HN.
09.00 am → Walk to work.
09.15 am → Arrive at work. Check to see if someone brought in Top Pot.
09.16 am → Brush donut crumbs off shirt. Grab coffee; check metrics dashboards, ticket queue, and internal news.
09.30 am → Grab more coffee. Go through work emails and code reviews.
10.30 am → Morning stand-up meeting.
10.45 am → Code and achieve some pedestrian level of zen.
11.30 am → Check to see if Tacos el Tajin is here and if the line is short.
11.35 am → Head somewhere else for lunch because the line for Tacos el Tajin is never short.
11.45 am → Eat lunch at desk, watching an internal presentation or Coursera video 1.
12.15 pm → Resume pedestrian level of zen.
02.00 pm → Roll a d6. If >3, continue programming. Otherwise, attending meetings for the next ninety minutes.
02.19 pm → Grab more coffee.
03.30 pm → Roll a d6. If >4, continue programming. Otherwise, attend meetings for the next ninety minutes.
05.00 pm → Wrap up for the day; make sure I didn’t miss any emails while I only had one cup of coffee in my system; check to see if there are any new CRs; follow up with anyone who I told myself I should follow up with. 2
05.10 pm → Head home.
05.18 pm → Pass by Chipotle and have a meaningful and slightly existential struggle about whether or not I want a burrito bowl. 3
05.25 pm → Arrive home. Make dinner or eat aforementioned burrito bowl.
06.00 pm → Engage in requisite amount of physical exertion; I try and run and lift twice a week each.
06.45 pm → Watch an unhealthy amount of television (right now: The Wire) while doing something else similarly mindless (right now: Desert Golfing.)
08.45 pm → Take a bath. Seriously, if you have access to a bathtub and you’re not taking a regular bath, you’re missing out.
09.15 pm → Head to Uptown Espresso and do something vaguely intellectual: this is generally either OSS, writing a blog post, or reading (right now: Big Sur).
10.00 pm → Head home. Clean up my apartment and finish up vaguely intellectual activity.
11.00 pm → Make a Manhattan (or have a Dogfish Brown Ale) and listen to jazz.
11.30 pm → Nightly ritual jank; brush teeth, wash face, wear sweatpants. Set alarm for 7.30am.
12.00 am → Go to bed.
12.02 am → Guiltily browse Twitter on my phone for what seems like hours.
12.15 am → Drift to sleep.
All in all: I get to walk to work, spent eight hours doing something I care about, and generally enjoy myself (as long as I don’t look at how much I spend at Chipotle each month.) I drink around four cups of coffee today, but I’m trying to cut down!
Life isn’t too complicated.