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Colin Devroe

Photographer. Podcaster. Blogger. Reverse Engineer.

Rob Weychert’s typical day

Rob Weychart, tagged by Dan Mall, whom I tagged:

I keep my personal and professional web browsing segregated to different browsers, and I use a plugin to block Twitter, news, and other productivity draining sites during work hours.

I used to do something similar. I think I had an app that blocked blacklisted URLs. But I find myself so busy most days that if I am able to dive into Twitter or YouTube I allow myself.

Sara Soueidan’s typical day

Sara Soueidan, who was tagged by Dan, whom I tagged:

I think of day and time management in terms of blocks. Or, chunks of time, so to speak. I divide my day into “activity blocks” that are then distributed to occupy different time slots across the day.

Her post is a must-read even if you haven’t been following along with these “typical day” posts.

This bit hit pretty hard:

5:30am–7:30am[Creative block] This can be anything I am inclined to do, as long as it’s meaningful work — “work that contributes to your legacy, helps you advance your career, expands your skill set, etc.… When you finish such work, you have the satisfying feeling of time well spent and a job well done.” (Jocelyn K. Glei, Unsubscribe)

“Work that contributes to your legacy”. Wow. I have a bunch of projects that are sitting on the shelf. Some half-started, others half-finished. I would love to dedicate a meaningful amount of time to getting projects out into the world that will impact my legacy.

Thanks to Sara for putting so much thought into her post.

Mike Carbone’s typical day

Mike Carbone, tagged by Dan Mall, whom I tagged:

10:30am: Wake up

OK, straight out of the gate this young lad is showing off. He continues…

4pm-6pm: Lift and work. This is something new I’ve been trying and it’s been going really well! I bring my laptop to the basement, blast some music, pump out some sets and write code in-between. Surprisingly productive.

Who is this guy? Lifting weights while writing code? We’re obviously not cut from the same cloth.

6:30-7:30pm: Consume enough food to feed a small African village, shower, protein shake.

My imagination of this gentleman is running wild.

Again, I’ll be collecting all of the links to those that participated on the original post in the coming days.

Noah Read’s typical day

Noah Read:

Most of the fall was absorbed with house-hunting, purchasing, finding new renters for our previous home, prepping for the move, moving, and unpacking. This has taken any spare moment and more than all my spare energy and attention to make happen.

In July, as Eliza and I soldiered on towards our new home’s closing day, I nearly threw in the towel. A new job, a pandemic, and buying a home almost did me in. But I’m extremely happy we muscled through it. We are far better off now than we were in the beginning of the pandemic.

I feel some of your pain Noah. And you have the added responsibility of homeschooling children! Hats off.

See also.

Dan Mall’s typical day

Dan Mall, whom I tagged:

7:30pm–8:30pm: Optional work wrap-up time if there’s anything urgent from the day. 

I envy that he has that evening time-slot to be productive. I find that my evenings are far less productive after I get into wind-down mode. I wouldn’t mind adding an hour or so of productivity to the end of my day.

Jeremy Keith’s typical day

Jeremy Keith, whom I tagged:

Y’know, in the Before Times I think this would’ve been trickier. What with travelling and speaking, I didn’t really have a “typical” day …and I liked it that way. Now, thanks to The Situation, my days are all pretty similar.

Waking up at 8:30 seems like such a luxury! I wish I could sleep in until then. It isn’t that I’m not allowed to do so – I simply haven’t been able to sleep past 8am in years. But then I see he doesn’t get into his pajamas until almost midnight and I realize he’s on a completely different rhythm.

At some point, I’ll update the original post with links to everyone’s daily routines for posterity.

Chris Coyier’s typical day

Chris Coyier:

That long of a workday means that I can be very flexible without feeling behind. If I need to run any sort of errand, I do. If I need to stay home a morning, I do. If I need to come home “early”, I do. And I can do that without feeling like I’ve meaningfully eaten into my work, which is a major stressor for me. It means there is some space in my day for play and exploration.

He and I share our love of mornings. But I also like this quoted bit because my entire reason for getting to the office earlier than everyone else is selfish. I want the freedom to bug out whenever I want.

Here is my typical day. Where is yours?

My typical day

Here is a general overview of a typical day for me. Routine makes me happy but it also lends to my productivity. The more each day is the same the more I can accomplish.

I’m sharing it because I would like to see other people post their typical days – as mundane as they may be. To that end I’m doing the old-school blogging tactic of tagging others to share their typical day. I’m tagging Manton Reece, Julia Evans, Dan Mall, Chris Coyier, Tina Roth Eisenberg, Matt Mullenweg, and Jeremy Keith.

Update, January 19, 2021: Many of the above tagged have responded with their own posts on their own blogs! And they, in turn, have tagged others! I’m going to keep track of all of the posts that I see and put them under my typicalday tag. So if you’re interested in the routines of others, I suggest you browse through them. There are some gems already!

If you’d like to share your schedule or tag others please do and let me know about it!

  • 6-6:30am – I usually wake in this window. If I don’t, by 6:30 the Apple Watch taps me on wrist.
  • 6:30-7:30 – Read and meditate on daily scripture using JW Library app. Shower. Dress. Coffee. Recently, Duolingo Spanish lesson. I also typically watch about 20 minutes of YouTube. Most of which is saved in my Watch Later list there or in Unmark. Latest topics include photography, chess, NBA highlights.
  • 7:30am – Drive to work. Listen to a podcast in Pocket Casts.
  • 8am – Arrive at work. Virtual asynchronous “stand-up” in Trello with team remarking what will be happening for the day.
  • 8-9am – Project management in Trello in some form. Making sure the team has what they need to get their work done. Work of some form usually prepping for any meetings. Slow days I open NetNewsWire.
  • 9am – Daily meeting with CEO. Pretty much a stand-up.
  • 9:30-12am – Work.
  • 12pm – Packed lunch. Catch up on news (very briefly, usually via Twitter). 20 minutes of YouTube. Usually something I am learning from programming to marketing.
  • 1-2:30pm – I schedule any meetings in this time period before I get back to work after lunch. Usually only on a single weekday. So if I may have a meeting at 1pm on a Tuesday but no other day that week. So, only about 10-20% of the time do I have an afternoon meeting.
  • 2:30-4pm – Work. Listen to music while working via Apple Music. Sometimes a podcast or a long YouTube video in picture-in-picture but only if I can concentrate.
  • 4:30pm – Typically read a few things in my Unmark queue. Then make end day notes for the next day.
  • 4:30-5pm – Arrive home. Dinner.
  • 6-10pm – My time. This can be filled with time in my darkroom, watching some TV, or yes, more YouTube. Reading a book, etc.
  • 10-11pm Go to bed.

At first glance it may seem like my week is meeting heavy. However, most weeks my meetings are less than 4 hours total. When meetings are on a schedule, have a purpose and most often an agenda you’re able to block those times out in a such a way that you remain productive in the other times. Unexpected meetings with no agenda are the ones that are the killer. Very short daily meetings cut down on the need for any other meetings.

Obviously, this schedule varies a lot. I may have meetings with new clients or other things that break up my day. But in general I’m able to keep this routine and I’m feeling just about as productive as I’ve ever been in my career.

See also Benjamin Franklin’s.

Mornings

For about 10 years now I haven’t set an alarm unless I had a plane or bus to catch. My belief is that if my body needs to sleep it will and if it doesn’t it won’t. For the most part this has worked out just fine for me. I’m not someone who needs to worry about oversleeping.

Photo: The sun burns the fog off Keuka Lake in February 2016 while I read the web under a blanket.

For the past 7 or 8 years I’ve woken up, without assistance, between 6 and 7 AM. One of the advantages of having a searchable blog archive is that I can track weird things like this. I’ve mentioned waking up in the morning several times in several posts. As an example, in 2009 I did an episode of Random 60 (a video series I did then) where I mentioned that I typically wake up around 6:45. That was 7 years ago. Today, I woke up just after 6. Yesterday, around 5:30. But most days over the last few months have also been between 6 and 7. So I’m still waking up generally around the same time as I did when I was 25.

I like it.

My favorite time of day is morning. The sunrise, birds, fog, calm, cool. When my eyes open in the morning I generally end up rolling out of bed within a few seconds. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve gone back to sleep after waking up. I’m almost always fully awake and alert immediately. Once and awhile (especially in hotel rooms for some reason) I’ll wake up groggy and need a few minutes to acclimate myself.

What do I use my mornings for? Reading (mostly blogs, Twitter). Coffee. Writing here on my blog (I started this post around 6:45a this morning). Editing photos that I might want to share. Coffee. Reading. Writing.

Even on vacation I’m not one to sleep in late into the morning. I realize for some this is exactly what vacation should be for, and I have no issue with those I vacation with sleeping the day away. But when I’m on vacation I love reading on my iPad and having a few cups of coffee while the sun rises over the lake or ocean.