As we’ve grown and changed, so has my work schedule. This year though, I’ve settled into a pretty nice schedule that I hope I can keep for a while. Here’s how a typical week goes:
- Monday – because we have to ship out all of the sales from the weekend, Monday’s are our busiest day. The entire team heads in to the warehouse. Whenever we finish orders, the four of us have our weekly meeting while our employees get the warehouse ready for the rest of the week (stock shelves, make boxes, fill the peanut dispenser, etc). This is the only time all week that we all see each other so we discuss anything and everything that needs the input of the team. The meetings generally last 2-3 hours and we head home between 4 PM and 5 PM. After I get home I usually shower, eat, and then actually try to do some work. Generally I have some action items from the meeting so I try to take care of those if I can before I’m totally wiped out.
- Tuesday – my warehouse day. The remaining three days my partners each go in for a day. Currently, we have Charlie coming in every day so every day is Charlie + an owner. Once school ends and John comes back, we’ll probably have him in a few days a week, plus I think there’s a good chance we add another part timer later in the year. On average Tuesdays, Charlie can do everything in the warehouse and I can get a lot of small things done. All I need to do is check his orders before he seals them. However, on busy Tuesdays (seems like every week lately) I go out and help him so we can get orders out in time. I try to leave right at 3 PM. At night I’ll try to do some small projects or wrap up anything else I have from the Monday meeting.
- Wednesday – my “busy” day. I go to the gym, run errands, do laundry, shave my head, meet up with friends for lunch, have dinner with my parents, and sometimes meet with Mike to review any design/development stuff that could benefit from some face to face time. I try to “batch” all of the running around that I have to do. I tend to be really worn out by the end of Wednesday because these first three days I don’t really stop moving.
- Thursday & Friday – my work days. Other than going to the gym, I just stay home and focus on my work. These are the days where I can get multiple 3 hour chunks to work uninterrupted, and in turn this is when I get the majority of my programming done. I can usually work hard all day and then actually relax and have some time to myself at night.
- Saturday & Sunday – every weekend is different, but for the most part I do what I want. For the past few months, I’ve been trying to get as much done on LockerPulse as I can, almost treating Saturday and Sunday like another Thursday/Friday. But now that the majority of the serious development is done, I’m going to go back to just checking my email once each day as my only requirement. If I want to do a few hours of work, I will, but I won’t feel like I have to.
I’m sure this will all change within the next six months (it always does…and I kind of like that it does), but for now I’m in a nice little groove.