It always starts with Tiara.
She wakes me up at 7:15am. She never forgets. She’s a consistent servant, always on the right side of my bed. But I’m not that disciplined. I turn away. I tell her to shut up. I ask her not to bother me. I tell her to find her friends or do something better with her life.
Do you think she gives up? Nope.
She knows she’ll win the battle. She never leaves. She insists on playing around my ear like a bee. I tell her I won’t fall for her tricks. She hangs in there patiently clothed in her unquestionable loyalty. She hits a gong in my ear every 15 minutes. After her third or fourth attempt, she wins. I get out of bed at about 8:00am.
If you are curious about Tiara, I wrote about her here a few years ago.
I draw my curtains and dash to the bathroom making sure I’m ready for our daily morning call with my department by 8:45am. That’s a joyous group of people who get my day started.
Most times, I eat my breakfast before or during the call. I make one of three things; coffee and cake or cookies, a combo of yoghurt and grapes, or milk and müsli.
Then I get to work. Some days are great. My productivity shines. On other days, I can’t do a thing. I’ll feel lethargic and languid and I’ll take the whole day to accomplish one task.
I’ll take a lunch break anytime between noon and 1:00pm. On most days, I eat left over food from the previous day. If I don’t have any leftovers, I fix a quick meal. Like today. I made spinach and posho and added the piece of chicken from two days ago to my menu.
Sometimes I step out for a 20-minute walk under the sun before getting to the afternoon session of my work. I‘ll end my workday between 4:30 and 5:00pm.
That’s when I start on my blog.
Once my blogpost is up, I can then do other things. I turn on my TV, figure out what to cook, step out to buy something, do a workout, read blogs, learn German, check Twitter, make calls, do WhatsApp. Anything really.
I then sleep off anywhere between 11:00pm and midnight.
Tiara doesn’t have a say here. She respects me and all my plans. The earliest I wake up is 9:00am. Most times I wake up at 11:00am. My weekends are not too structured.
I go with the flow of what I feel like doing.