how do you spend your days?

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. ~Annie Dillard

new year's #reSOULution material? >> less phones more living

Try this exercise: write down your typical day, hour-by-hour. Seriously, do it. And be honest with yourself.

In February, my typical day looked something like this:

Now that's funny


  • 6 a.m.: Hit snooze 6-7 times
  • 7 a.m.: Wake myself up by checking gmail, work email, twitter, instagram, facebook. Shower/get ready.
  • 8 a.m.: Dilly dally at home (breakfast? dishes? laundry? clean?), finally leaving for the office between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m., sit in traffic for 45ish minutes.
  • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.: work!: emails, meetings, conference calls. Mostly glued to my desk, in front of my computer screen.
  • 6 p.m.: Drive home, sit in traffic again for 45ish minutes.
  • 7 p.m.: Dinner in front of the TV
  • 8 p.m.: Playing on my laptop, in front of the TV
  • 9:30 p.m.: Crawl in bed with my kindle, to read blogs and the book of the week.

I didn’t like how I was spending my time. My life was consumed by screens. I was spending too much time in traffic. I wasn’t taking care of myself. This lifestyle wasn’t giving me the productivity nor connectedness I craved.

Ever since, I’ve been playing with my calendar, my schedule and my routine (used loosely), to determine how best to structure my days. I’ve realized:

  • Extra time in the morning for myself is valuable.
  • Breaking up the workday is helpful for my productivity.
  • Leaving earlier or later helps with my traffic woes.
  • I crave connecting to others in meaningful ways. Social media wasn’t giving me that connection. (Starting the day with my phone is not ideal. As a start, I took Facebook and Twitter off my phone and found it took a few weeks to stop thinking in potential status updates.)



It’s helpful to consistently re-evaluate how I’m spending my time. Simplify. More responsibility combined with endless technology can be a recipe for distraction. I want to be intentional in how I live my life. I never want to wake up and wonder, “how did I get here?”

In your daily life, what do you value that’s not getting the attention it deserves?

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2 thoughts on “how do you spend your days?

  1. Excellent post, Jessica. It parallels a lot that’s been on my mind lately, chiefly balance and well-being. You’ve inspired me to try to write a blog post about it, but I don’t think I can say it better than you have here. I love that graphic at the top. And this: “More responsibility combined with endless technology can be a recipe for distraction.”

  2. Pingback: 11 Ways to Keep Balance in Your Life | StoryCroft

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