Day in the Life – Living a Regular Vanilla 8-5 in Austin, TX

day in the life

There is something about living a regular ol’ vanilla lifestyle that I absolutely love. Ever since I was in high school, having an 8-5 always seemed like something I dreamt about – reading Day in the Life’s of business women all the time. Given,  I was going to school and carrying out one to three jobs at a time, having evenings and weekends off excited me. Hence why I went to school for a business degree.

I must say switching from being active and filling my plate more than I should back in college made it a shock transitioning into a Monday through Friday kind of position – it fed into my routine-loving mentality even more. 

As I have expressed in my past posts, I am a sucker for a good morning routine. No matter what, starting your day off on the right foot makes a world of a difference. You can find my morning routine here, as well as the coffee and meals I make here.

There is also something interesting about learning what others spend their time on throughotu the day.

Kinda creepy, but weirdly fascinating.

5:30- 6:00 a.m.- Wake up and bake up.

I am a heavy sleeper, making a couple rounds of alarms in the morning before finally getting up out of bed. I feel for my poor roomie that has the room next to me knowing how hard of a sleeper I am. Some mornings I wake up to my alarm, others I wake up to my roomie banging on her bed frame next to our shared wall to shoot me outta bed. 

I must say, it works better the second way (lollllz).

I waltz to the bathroom and go through my whole morning routine; skincare routine linked here, and my morning routine here. 

No sense in re-writing what is already written. 🙂

7:00- 7:30 a.m. – Workiddy, workiddy. 

As Blogtober has hit full force, I normally make it to work around 7:30 am. I spend the morning updating my social media accounts, publishing blog posts, catching up on emails, and anything else blog related. 

Back before Blogtober, I would sometimes even make it to work around 6:45 a.m. (I know, lil crazy). I have a mad love for getting ahead when it seems everyone around me is still asleep. 

*Peace and quiet*

Right when I get into work I put what needs to be put in the fridge, in the fridge, and jump right into my projects for the day. I run through emails and get into my deep-work mindset to complete whatever is on my plate. 

11:00 a.m. (12 p.m.) – 12:00 p.m. (1) – Brekkie or Lunchie, depends.

Lately, I have been fasting every morning until lunchtime – making this time of day a crucial aspect of my routine. If you read my Weekly Grocery Haul and Meal Prep post, you may already know I prefer meal prepping a large batch of the same meal on Sundays. This week I had my regular Trader Joe’s turkey burger, veggies cooked in MCT oil and topped with coconut aminos, and a banana for something sweet afterwards. 

During my work hour or half-hour, depending on my workload, I will either spend with my coworkers catching up on each other’s day, or spend my time working on Blogtober, as this content schedule has consumed my life – in a good way!

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.- Back to work.

After taking a short food break, I get back into my deep work mindset and get to cookin’. Whatever I need to finish that day will be finished, and all the emails that need to be sent, will be sent. Later this month I will be explaining what deep work is and tools I use to get into the deep work mindest. So stay tuned and sign up for email notifications to keep in the loop!

12:30 – 5:00 (6) p.m. – Homeward bound or Gym Junky. 

If I’ve completed what I need to for the day by the time the clock hits 5 I leave, but if I have stuff that needs a little more work, I will end up staying until around 6. This is either hit or miss considering I work at a marketing agency that has different influxes of work-levels throughout the week. 

As for the drive home, Austin has some mad traffic – it takes me between 30-45 minutes to arrive at home, where I can kick back and relax for the night (sort of). 

The last eight weeks of my life I have been in a boot due to a lil hickup my first week living here in Austin. After work, I will sometimes take a little walk at my gym and do some ab exercises if my foot doesn’t hurt too bad. Before getting hurt, this would be the time I would put in a nice HIIT workout or cardio session.

6:30 p.m.- Dinner and chatting with the roomies.

I put my car in park, sit for a couple of minutes, and dig for my keys in my purse walking up to our front door. The majority of the time I am the first one home, so I grab the mail and any packages that may be left out slowly making my way inside. I drop my bags, take off my shoes, and grab whatever meal I have prepped in the fridge and munch while searching for a YouTube video to watch.

Once dinner is finished, I always want something sweet. Luckily I either crave dark chocolate or some kind of fruit. Recently, the only thing I have been craving is frozen red grapes – and a lot of frozen red grapes. 

I go back into the kitchen, load a bowl full of this yummy frozen fruit and finish watching the YouTube video of choice. My two roomies are normally home around this time and we sit and catch up on our day. 

Then, I wash my dishes and walk upstairs to take a hot shower leading up to bed. My nighttime skincare routine is linked here for those of you wondering!

7:30 – 9:00 (11) p.m. – Personal work time or relaxation. 

Before Blogtober, I would read a book or watch a YouTube video until around 8-9 pm and fall right asleep. As Blogtober is in full force, I normally sit in bed writing, editing, uploading, or creating graphics for the next day’s post. 

I can not stress the importance of disconnecting from your phone while in bed, even though this can be rather hard sometimes. Looking through Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, or any other social media site can be extremely distracting and a black hole if you ask me. 

Reach for a book that excites you more than pictures on your socials and get to learning. Ever since I started reading before bed, I have seen a significant difference in my sleep. If you would like to study your sleep quality in-depth, I use the Whoop activity tracker to see how much sleep and the quality of sleep I need each night. 

As routines are one of my favorite things in life, every weekday is relatively the same. And weirdly enough, I like learning about others’ daily routines and how I can better mine. I hope you learned something valuable through mine, and I would love to read yours. 

Until tomorrow, 

Xoxo

Kayla

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