I wake up early and more often than not regret this decision. I either drive 5mins to Les Mills for a gym session or go for a run around Mt Eden. Surprisingly, the city is bustling at this hour in the morning! I find it motivating to come to work after exercising as it means I have more time to myself in the evening, especially in winter! In the warmer months I run up Mt Eden and get a great view of the City!
I usually prepare my work outfit the morning before, but Auckland weather is completely unpredictable, so it changes often. I pack my lunch and snacks the night before if I am organised. Right before leaving, I make myself a strong black coffee for the morning and walk round the corner to catch one of my four buses for the day.
Because I am based on the outskirts of the city, Ponsonby, I find busing is the best route- as parking can get expensive! Although I have to catch multiple due to routes they take. I listen to podcasts on the bus and subtly people-watch.
I aim to arrive at 8:30 or before, but public transport can be a little unpredictable here. First thing I do is greet my colleagues, then unpack my bag and check my emails. If there is anything urgent I reply immediately.
I find it easier having breakfast at work, this saves me time getting ready in the morning. I leave a loaf of bread and peanut butter in the staffroom and opt for PB and banana toast. If I have any morning meetings, on Tuesdays we have Senior Management meetings I change my routine slightly, but I love not being rushed.
I use Trello as my online organisation tool, I try to layout my week and what it is looking like on Monday’s to ensure I set aside enough time for meetings etc and have prioritised my work to my deadlines.
I just finished working on project for Toyota NZ and Olympics NZ, this involved zoom meetings, social media campaign and lots of design work. I tend to try and slot this type of work in the later morning when I am still fresh and caffeinated.
I try to take my lunch around 1/1:30, I find packing your lunch is the healthiest and quickest way, as buying it can get very pricey. I usually read during my lunch break to take my mind off work and give myself some ‘alone’ time. If it is sunny I try to get out of the office and go for a stroll.
My lunch break is half an hour, so I try to plan my afternoon to be as productive as possible. In all honesty I tend to hit a lull around 3pm, which is when I opt for snacks. I pack my desk drawer with muesli bars, bliss balls or even an apple to help keep me fuelled and focused for the remainder of the day.
As it nears 5 I try to finish off everything I can and then make a physical list in my diary of what needs to be accomplished the next day. This helps me prioritise my work and ensure I come in knowing exactly what I need to do the following day.
If it is a Friday, we tend to finish a little a earlier and I ensure I pack my work laptop with me as you never know when another lockdown may happen (especially in Auckland)
The bus picks me up 5mins from work, I have to catch one inner city link and one outer city link. I do not mind the evening bus though, as I am usually not in a rush to get home.
I usually try and plan my meals for the week and sort my groceries on Sunday. This helps with lunch prepping and means I can feel a little more relaxed in the evenings. I tend to cook a little extra and use the leftovers for lunch or dinner later in the week if I have something on the evenings, like indoor netball or a pub quiz, this comes in handy.
I try to get to bed early. Once I have packed my things for the morning, I then read or watch some Netflix. I like separating my work from home life, this helps me to maintain balance and always feel ready to work next day.