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Youngandfree Sun 03-Mar-19 11:12:39

Just for fun, in AIBU for traffic;what does an average go like for you?
Mine goes something like;
6.50 get up get dressed and ready for work.(clothes set out previous night)
7.10 wake up DC and get breakfast/finish my make up.
7.30 get and help DC dressed, teeth brushed, hair brushed etc.
7.50/8.00 finish lunches if necessary/put all necessary bags and lunches in the car, and sort out washing machine on a timer.
8.10/8.15(latest) leave house
8.20/8.25 drop DC to school/Montessori
8.25 go to work
9.00-2.40 work (I’m a teacher so these are my contact/school hours)
2.40-3.00/3.10 sort out some planning/photocopying etc
3.00/3.10 leave work
3.30/3.40 collect DC
3.50/4.00 home
4.00-5.30/6.00 this is our free time so it varies depending on day or weather , take DD to swim lesson/gymnastics/etc or light the fire and stay home or go to the park/visit friend/family for an hour. And also make dinner
5.30/6.00 dinner time
6.00-6.30 DC play for half hour
6.30 bath/get ready for bed. Listen to DD read.
7.00-7.15 bedtime
7.15....get all bags and lunches (most of) ready for the next day, set out clothes and uniforms for the next day.

My DH Works away for weeks at a time so this is a day when he is away.

Longdistance Sun 03-Mar-19 11:33:14

School secretary here 🙋🏼‍♀️
Very similar to yourself except send emails, sort registers, website, newsletter, SIMs, reports, letters to parents via a parent mail system, but I’m at work until 5.30pm. I then rush out to pick dds up from ASC (they’re usually the last ones there).
Get in.
Cook dinner.
Sit down for dinner.
Dds in shower.
Read to me
Lights out
I eventually sit down at about 9pm to watch some tv.
My dh works away a lot too.

Youngandfree Sun 03-Mar-19 11:34:07

@Owlettele I should have added it in. I live in Ireland

MiaFarrowsWheelbarrow Sun 03-Mar-19 11:35:02

I have a great day, I work part time and my children aren't living at home at the moment. A typical work day is:

6.30 wake up and go out to feed pet chickens and rabbits
6.45 back to bed with a cup of tea and snooze until
8.00 wake up properly, shower, make up, dressed ready for work
8.30 walk dog and get home for
9.00 settle dog and double check hens/rabbits then
9.10 drive to work and arrive by
9.30 start work, open cafe at
10.00 work right through until approx
4.30/5.00pm drive home
5.20pm check hens/rabbits and change out of work clothes, start dinner
6.00pm settle on sofa for knitting/reading/doggy snuggles

All household chores are done on my days off. I know I'm lucky to have the work days I do.

BlessYourCottonSocks Sun 03-Mar-19 11:36:03

Another teacher here. (In England).
6.15 Shower, eat, dress;
7.00 Bellow up stairs to DH (retired) and teenage son to get up and I head out the door to work.
7.45am In work, photocopying, sorting lessons, reading emails etc.
8.30 In briefing
8.45 Tutor time
9.00 - 3.30 Generally teaching 5 lessons. Break duty once a week - rest are generally taken up by a student who wants something. Most lunchtimes are taken up by stressed students (far too many A level and GCSE classes/pupils). Spend a lot of my time calmly offering reassurance and suggestions.
3.30 - 4.00 Moan and bitch with colleagues and my cleaning lady - drink coffee, eat biscuits. Send stuff to printer for next day.
4.00 - 5.30 Generally mark a set of exercise books so I don't have to haul 30 of them home.
6.15 Home - DH has cooked tea. Spend till about 8.00pm with family
8.00 - 10.30 Work. A level essays to mark, planning to do. Always some shit like reports to write, or another damn 'student voice' survey to sort out. I'm a HoD so have a real burden of useless admin tasks and no time to do them in.
10.30 - 11.00 Bath. Or Gin. Or read. Something to unwind before I fall into bed and do it all again.

Clearly I need to teach in Ireland. Sadly, I am probably too old and expensive to take the move. And have a DC doing GCSEs that I don't want to move.

Bigearringsbigsmile Sun 03-Mar-19 11:37:14

Christ. ...I am moving to Ireland!
I'm sorryou of don't believe that that is a true representation of a teachers day anywhere!

RottenTomatoes959 Sun 03-Mar-19 11:39:09

Ok first off, day I'm in college.

6.15: Up, get dressed, brush teeth.
6.40: Wake DS, dress him, brush teeth.
7.10: Walk to creche. (He gets breakfast in creche)
7.35: Train into work.
8.30: Arrive into work.
5.30: Leave to head to college (uni)
6: Four hours of classes.
10: Finally escape and get home at 11 and straight into bed.

Day I'm not in college.
All day as before.
4.30: Leave work and collect DS.
5.30: Home, dinner, pyjamas and bed for DS.
7: Study for two hours.
9.30: Pass out from exhaustion.

RosemarysBush Sun 03-Mar-19 11:40:07

My Dc are away at university.
6am get up, shower, breakfast
7am leave for work
7.30 start work (Nurse)
12:30ish first break (half hour)
17:30ish second break if it’s quiet
20:00 officially finish
20:30-20:50 leave after documentation
21:00 stuff lots of food in!! Bit of tv
22:00 bed

Youngandfree Sun 03-Mar-19 11:40:19

@Bigearringsbigsmile its pretty much average sometimes I leave at half 3 and I can tell you no word of a lie... there’ll be 2/3 other cars left.

JaniceBattersby Sun 03-Mar-19 11:45:00

That sounds great Youngandfree. I think heremin England we have got a totally skewed idea of what a normal day should look like. No wonder so many people are suffering from such severe anxiety and mental geslth issues.

isseywithcats Sun 03-Mar-19 11:46:01

Monday to Wednesday
6.50 get up let cats out
have a shower and get dressed
make a brew for me and OH
let cats in and feed them
tidy up and go out
8am till 11 am
pull apart a commercial kitchen
clean everything put back together
clear down dish area take down any rubbish
walk across town center to charity shop
11.30 till 3,30
run the Ebay page in an office for the charity
paperwork, packing, listing sorting,
go home and cook dinner
Thursday 8am till 11 am kitchen cleaning etc go home
Friday day off housework etc
Saturday front of house cleaning in restaurant
Sunday day off ironing washing housework etc

Unescorted Sun 03-Mar-19 11:47:49

Civil Service..
Get up at 5:45
wash, dress, make lunch and train coffee - get out of the door by 6:10
Cycle to station for 6:30 train
train to work - listen to Today programme, prioritise emails, respond to urgent ones and drink coffee.
Get to desk for 7:15
7:15 - 7:30 log onto the sodding computer and make 2nd cup of coffee
7:30 - 4:30 fire fight, answer the same question eleventy billion times to 5 different people spend lots of tax payers money, chase people for responses.

4:50 - catch train home. respond to urgent emails, random requests from family to pick up things on my way home.

Cycle home - arriving about 5:15. Put domestic hat on, clean up kitchen, washing, cook dinner, have the same conversation with my mother about how busy she is, collapse into bed.

Justgivemesomepeace Sun 03-Mar-19 11:47:50

I'm not a teacher. My day goes....
Up at 6.10
Got myself and ds up and dressed
Leave house 7am
7.10 drop at childminder and drive to work
8am start work
2pm leave work
3pm arrive home
3.15 collect ds from school
4pm put tea on
5pm clear up kitchen
5 PM until bedtime we attend clubs twice a week
2 evenings a week DD has netball fixtures
Ds in bed by 8pm.
Dd goes when she wants as shes 16.
Lots of washing goes on in the evening and keeping on top of housework but looks easy compared to some of you. DP works away during the week.

SeaViewBliss Sun 03-Mar-19 11:49:56

Up at 7
Shower, hair makeup and dressed
7.30 breakfast and start work checking emails and what’s on that day
8.20 drive DS to school and go on to meetings/office or back home if wfh.

No two days the same but work until 5ish.

Chores, laundry, nag DS to do homework.

We eat between 6 and 7 then I’ll be reading, occasionally a bit more work, watching tv with DH or faffing on phone.

Bed between 10.30 and 11.

TwinkleTits70 Sun 03-Mar-19 11:53:01

I'm a theatre nurse

Up at 6.30am
Arrive at work 7.30am.
Breakfast and catch up on emails.
8am Run round like a blue arsed fly trying to find all the equipment needed for the days list. Beg, borrow and steal from other departments sometimes other hospitals. I average at least 8 miles per day on my fitbit. No time to go to the toilet, but that's ok because there is no time to get a drink either.
4pm 'Lunch'. Get called back at 4.15 to sort a problem out.
Supposed to leave work at 5.30pm.
6.30pm Ring home to say I'll be late. For the 4th time that week.
8.30pm. Leave work.
9pm Home, shower, bed.

Anyone who says we do this job is off their rocker.

elQuintoConyo Sun 03-Mar-19 11:55:21

Youngandfree woof woof!

BridlingtonSand Sun 03-Mar-19 11:56:02

If I'm working from home I tend to do...
7am read or surf the net for an hour.
8am get up, shower etc.
9am start work.
2pm/3pm finish work. Do housework, pop to the shops, cook, eat etc.
7pm tends to be another commitment like a hobby, the gym, an evening class etc. or travelling to a hotel (see below).

Not working from home,
7am get up, shower etc.
8am head out to work venue and work.
4pm finish work and travel home (might get an hour to mooch around the city I'm in).
7-9pm arrive home.

I'm pretty lucky with this and earn a full time salary.

OhTheRoses Sun 03-Mar-19 11:56:19

Here goes.
Up at 5.30am
Make tea - drink tea
Dishwasher and washing machine duties
Quick glance rpund for untidiness
6.10 in shower - hair, make-up, dressed by 6.50
Grab coffee and jump in car
Park at work and at desk by 7.30.
Deal with overnight emails and sort papers for day. Probably deal with a complex matter before 9; take calls from exec team
From 9 usually meetings all day. Always try to grab 30 mins for lunch. Work occupies a large site so meetings are often far apart and can cover 1.5 miles.
Usually try to meet team members at some point during the day.
Occasionally get 30 mins between mtgs to catch up on emails.
Get back to office at about 5.30pm and deal with urgent emails and deal with issues arising from mtgs.
Try to leave by 8pm; home by 8.30.
Glass wine, sort dinner
Have an hour to unwind and bed by 10.30.
Catch up with reading on Saturday morning
Catch up with major pieces of work on sunday afternoons
If I have to I work until I have to to get critical stuff done (10.30, 11.30, gone midnight)
It's a high stress v senior role and I have 20+ staff.
9-5 got nobody up the greasy pole.
I coasted when the DC were at school. I went for it once they left.

eurochick Sun 03-Mar-19 11:57:24

We're a pair of lawyers.

Up at 6:30. I look after our 4 year old for 45 mins while my husband showers then we swap
8:00 child out the door with nanny who does school run
8:01 we run for the train
9:00 arrive at office
Work work work
Then if no travel or events
Just before 1730 run for train
18:20 home
Handover chat
18:30 nanny leaves
Child wrangling, bath, teeth, stories, bed
19:30 (hopefully) child in bed
Empty dishwasher, do a load of washing, have dinner (or more often a slice of toast cos we can't be bothered with anything more)
20:00 watch an episode of something on tv
21:00 pre-bed yoga and get ready for bed
22:00ish try to sleep

The above is quite often thrown of course by early meetings, drinks events, overseas travel, etc.

FromSussexWithLove Sun 03-Mar-19 11:57:31

5.45 alarm
3 snoozes later...
6am up and in shower/sort myself
6.30am kiddos packed lunch/bags etc. depending on whether it's nursery or preschool
7am my mum arrives and takes over kiddo so i can start thr 2.5hr commute. Some days I get a seat part way so can work. Others I don't
9.30am arrive office
5pm start commute early so I definitely have a seat to work
7.30pm get home
7.35 do 4 year old bedtime
8.30pm cook dinner
9.30pm kids either an hour tonrest before bed or (more likely) do work/take calls with other time zones
10.30 collapse

Also considering doing my Msc part time. The above makes me realise I have nowhere to physically slot that in though

BrizzleMint Sun 03-Mar-19 11:57:34

arrive at 8am
get stuff ready
make a cup of tea if I remember
welcome children
three lessons
pour tea away and make another one
get lunch and mark books, do admin work
two lessons
assembly sometimes
say goodbye to children
eat lunch and mark books
5.30pm go home
make dinner
put laundry on
plan lessons
go to bed

Girlinthegarden Sun 03-Mar-19 12:00:10

Mine looks weird compared to other people's!

4.30ish am - get up. Housework and life admin, make packed lunches etc.
7.15am - DCs up and ready for school. Take to school.
9am - more housework and garden maintenance (huge garden).
10am - get ready for work
10.30-7 - work
Evening - bugger all usually

Youmadorwhat Sun 03-Mar-19 12:01:24

Yes fellow Irish teacher here and the latest I leave is half 3. (Also 2.40 finish time) I have a friend who works in a different school who leaves later but their school has different hours of 9.20-3.00

RunningRingsAroundTheMoon Sun 03-Mar-19 12:02:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

fitflopqueen Sun 03-Mar-19 12:02:36

work part time, kids at uni, husband away during week
7.15ish shower, dress, walk dogs
8.30 feed dogs, make tea
8.45 switch on laptop,
9am work
12;30 get official 30 min break but usually spend writing up reports so always make soup at start of week and have it on the slow hob for when i am free
5pm dog walk- about an hour as day light improves
feed me and them, clean floors, do some house jobsetc.
settle down for evening on sofa.
don't work mondays/fridays, spend fridays doing beds, cleaning, cooking etc for weekend

hopefulhalf Sun 03-Mar-19 12:03:04

Hospital doctor here
Up at 5:30, make 2X coffees, 2X breakfast, 2X lunches
6am exercise , shower and dress
6:15 wake dcs
6:30-6:45 breakfast
6:45, teeth, make-up, hospital ID, final check of bag
7am out the door
7:20 drop dcs to bus
either at work for 7:30 or run from 7:20-8.
7:30/8- 4:30( 2X a week) or 6 (3X a week)
Either pick dc up at 4:45, drop at activities
5:15-7 Make dinner/supervise homework
7ish Eat
7:30-8 clear away
8-8:30 check homework diaries, make sure bags are packed, encourage bathing etc. Remove phones
8:30-10 chill (read/watch TV/have sex)
10pm asleep

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