The schedule below isn’t the full picture because I normally go on call every few weeks. I spend on call days communicating with other teams and resolving incidents. Bi-weekly attending meetings related to on-boarding, recruiting tech talks, and all hands. I only read work email in the morning unless someone PMs me to review. My company also uses Slack for communication and I limit my time on there as well. This facilitates minimizing distractions and intaking too much information. Days when I’m physically tired stem from being mentally tire from context switching. It is difficult to reach me throughout the day, if it wasn’t scheduled in advance.
|08:00-08:15 AM||Get breakfast|
|8:15-9:00 AM||Eat breakfast and bulk read and draft response emails.|
|9:00-10:00 AM||Attempt to fix any blockers from yesterday and review code of coworkers.|
|10:00-10:15 AM||Standup with team or communicate what I'm working on or blocked by|
|10:15-10:25 AM||Quick walk – possibly get a snack|
|10:25-11:50 AM||Write code, research, document|
|11:50- 12:45 PM||Some days lunch is provided and impacts how much time in spend at lunch. I'll give it 55 minutes|
|12:45-1:30 PM||Write code, research, document|
|1:30-2:00 PM||1:1 with someone|
|2:00-3:20 PM||Write code, research, document|
|3:20-3:35 PM||A little break might go outside|
|3:35-5:00 PM or EOD||Write code, research, document. Depends on how motivated I feel to finish task|
|Last 10 minutes||Retrospective and thoughts for tomorrow|
Writing code, researching and documenting consist of anything between code reviews, writing configuration, rpc services, dashboarding, design docs, etc. If I arrive late or early, the schedule adjust. Most teams perform retros at the end of a sprint. I peform self retros daily since I look to complete a task per a day. I am able to easily remember what I did today and how I felt about it. It sucks being in a retro two weeks later, and having to dig through my thoughts to remember what I worked on and what went wrong. My downfall at times is not ending the day when I know I should. I’ve started setting goals outside of work that begins in the evenings. When I’m not on call I even leave my laptop at works.