A Day in the Life

The one question I get asked over and over again is

How do you find the time to do everything???

So I thought I would do an impromptu post that covers a day in my life. Now, with that said, I wear a lot of hats:

  • Full Time Graduate Student
  • Part-Time Reference Associate
  • Per-Diem Information Literacy Instructor
  • Fiance
  • Daughter/Sister/Granddaughter/Best Friend/Aunt
  • Recovering Alcoholic
  • Blogger
  • Crochet/Knitter/Etsy Shop Owner
  • In-Home Personal Librarian (freelance)

It would be physically impossible for me to cover all of these things in one day, and I think sometimes people think I am a magical unicorn who can do that, but alas, I’m not. What I am is someone who has learned to manage her time between multiple things incredibly well. Below is just a snapshot of an average day in my life. Some things from my list of identities are missing, and those are things that I tend to do on a different day. If you want to see what a typical week for me is, drop a comment below and I’ll work on it!!

Tuesday January 23rd, 2018

7:15 am: Alarm goes off

  • Give the cat his medicine
  • Make first cup of coffee
  • Check any notifications on my phone

7:45 am

  • Work on crocheting Cat Hat and watch YouTube videos for future ideas

8:15 am

  • Shower
  • Brush Teeth
  • Get Dressed

8:30 am

  • Make second cup of coffee for the drive
  • Pack my lunch
  • Give the cat some treats

8:45 am

  • Leave for work
  • Listen to audio book on the drive*

9:15-9:20 am

  • Arrive at work
  • Eat breakfast and drink second cup of coffee
  • Work on crocheting Teal Puff Hat**

9:50 am

  • Head into work
  • Check emails
  • Work on book displays

10:45 am

  • Do school discussion boards***
  • Write blog post
  • Review journal article submission

12:00 pm

  • Go to lunch
  • Work on crocheting Teal Puff Hat

12:30 pm

  • Return to work
  • Pick up reviewing journal article submission
  • Get tired of reviewing and read course work

1:45 pm

  • Begin setting up for information literacy teaching session

2:00 pm

  • Teach information literacy session

3:20 pm

  • Return to the front desk
  • Pick up messes left from when I wasn’t at the desk

4:15 pm

  • Leave work
  • Listen to audio book on drive home

5:00 pm

  • Get home
  • Feed the cat
  • Unpack lunch

5:20 pm

  • Start cooking dinner
  • Do the dishes
  • Sweep the kitchen

5:40 pm

  • Eat dinner
  • Video chat with best friend
  • Throw dishes from cooking and eating in the sink for a “tomorrow problem”****

6:00 pm

  • Online class

7:20 pm

  • Pick up around the living room (minor messes like yarn scraps)
  • Hang out with the fiance

8:00 pm

  • Work on crocheting baby blanket
  • Work on crocheting baby hat

9:00 pm

  • Go back to crocheting and watching YouTube videos
  • Eat a snack

10:00 pm

  • Go to bed


*Listening to an audio book while I drive is the ONLY way I can get reading in most of the time I’m in school.

**I always have a crochet project in my car so that I can work on something when I have a few extra minutes, whether that be getting to work early, a doctors appointment early, etc.

***My work is mainly staffing the front desk of our library, so when students don’t need research help or I’m not teaching a course, I’m lucky enough to be able to squeeze in some homework.

****”Tomorrow problems” are my favorite. It gives me permission to not stress about something that should probably be done today, but for whatever reason just can’t. The deal with “tomorrow problems” is that you HAVE to do them the next day….otherwise it’s just procrastinating.



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Graduate student in Masters of Library and Information Science programming trying to save the world one book at a time.

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