A Day in the Life of a Content Developer

I wrote a post in the Medium collection “A Day in the Life Of…” and here it is:

I live in the Silicon Valley with my two housemates and a very derpy cat named Patrick Copperpawts. I spend most of my time writing and developing content for my full time job as well as my personal projects. I work full time as a product marketing specialist for a company that makes computer memory hardware. I also work on my travel blog and personal writing projects outside of my job.

Here’s my typical day:

6-7am: Wake up and check social media & email for anything I should respond to ASAP. A few minutes of stretching & meditation to get into a focused mindset. Get my breakfast and head out to work.

7-8:30am: Commute to work on public transport. I usually use this time to think about what I have coming up that day and what I need to get done. I also spend some of this time on self-reflection.

8:30am-12:30pm: Work, usually creating social media content and writing content like product catalogs, trade show banners, website product information, etc. I also check technology blogs and sites for updates.

12:30-1:15pm: Lunch break. Instead of using this time to eat (that comes later), I like to use it to go outside and go for a walk. This gets my mind going and is often when I have ideas for my personal projects. Sometimes I use break to walk and talk to my parents or friends on the phone.

1:15-5:30pm: Actually eat my lunch while checking emails or reading more news updates. Then more writing/editing or approval of content. Monitoring of company’s social media accounts. Sometimes I spend this time developing campaigns or proposals to present to my boss.

5:30-7pm: Commute home. I spend this time listening to podcasts or working on my personal content projects. If I’m mentally tired, I will just listen to music and use the time to recharge by zoning out a little.

7-8:30pm: Make dinner (I cook a meal from scratch almost every night) and hang out with my housemates. This is my main social time of the day, sometimes I will Skype with family, friends, or my boyfriend during this time as well. Maintaining relationships are important to me, so I make an effort to check in with people I care about every few days.

8:30-9:30/10pm: Work on my personal projects, usually writing or researching. Sometimes I work on physically creative projects (aka crafts). I like making personalized cards or small gifts for people.

9:30/10-10:30pm: Get my bag/lunch ready for the next day, make sure clothes, etc. are laid out to make for a smooth morning start. Also clean up after my housemates, straighten everything up and make sure its neat enough. While I clean up, I think about what I want to do the next day and if there is anything urgent.

10:30-11pm: Wind down for the night by reading a book.

11pm: Bedtime. I function best on 7-8 hours of sleep so I try to get to bed by eleven.

“What you do today is important, you are trading a day of your life for it.” -Unknown

Since I work a full time “9-5″ job, I have to find time outside that schedule for projects I am passionate about working on. Luckily, I can function well in the evening even after a day of work. I also think it is important to be conscious of how you are living your life and what you are doing, hence the focus on self reflection and thinking time. I know what I want and I make an effort to work towards that every single day, even if it is something as small as jotting down a post idea.

I also use technology as much as I can to help me. For example, whenever I think of something I need to do, I immediately add it to my Any.Do list so I don’t have to worry about forgetting it. Taking charge of my daily routine makes me feel organized and productive. Due to having a schedule, I am more ready to quickly deal with any sudden changes or challenges that occur. I decide what is happening in my life, I’m not trapped.

You’re Not Trapped, You Have a Choice

Life is full of choices.  The every day decisions of what to eat, to buy, to wear, to do.  Then  there’s the decisions that guide your life’s path, what job to have, who to build relationships with, where to live.  With all these choices, there are still moments where you can feel like you don’t have a choice, that you’re trapped.   But you’re not.

Here’s an example of what I mean.  Let’s say you’re unhappy with your job.  You really want to move to another country and experience a different culture.  Of course you can’t do that, you have to stay and work so you have money to live, right?  Wrong. You have a choice.  You can stay unhappy or you can go after what you really want.  Sure, it’ll be difficult to pack everything up, scrape together enough money for a plane ticket, and start a new life somewhere foreign to you, but if you’re willing to endure all that then your dream is within your reach.  If you’re not willing to take that risk, then maybe you don’t really want that life.

Re-evaluate your goals in life and the choices you’re making to accomplish them.  After all: “What you do today is important, you are trading a day of your life for it.” -Unknown