Day in the Life

Lately I’ve been responding to well meaning inquiries about how the career change journey is going.  What they are really asking is … what are you doing? (read between the lines…what do you do all day?!)  These are friends, family and former coworkers that truly interested in understanding and supporting my journey.  They are also people that know me well and know that …

~  I have a lot of energy

~ I need to be productive

~ I push myself out of my comfort zone

~ I love having big goals and enjoy the planning process to achieve them

Basically, they cannot imagine me home alone all day. Neither can I! After a long conversation with my mom on what a typical day looks like, I thought, why not share?  So, here it is, a day in the life …

6:00-6:30am – get 3 of the kids up, fed, remind them what they need for school (i.e.: nag), try to get of my husbands way while he’s making lunches, check my calendar for the next day, send out email confirmations along with my networking bio and specific agenda topics/questions

6:30-7:30am – walk dog, do my affirmations, think about my day, week, approach, problems I’m trying to solve

7:30-9:00am – get the final kid up, fed, nag him (i.e.: remind him of his day), get him to the bus, shower, send follow up emails, meeting requests, write blogs/update website, research jobs and potential organizations

9:00-10:00am – meet with 1 of the 3 projects I’m working on – ask questions, be a thought partner, offer tools/solutions, coach on how to use tools/solutions, develop next steps

10:00-10:30am – drive (I’m seeing parts of the Twin Cities I’ve never seen before!)

10:30-11:30am – networking meeting to learn more about the persons experience, organization, connections. I’m currently focused on learning more about a the best path of entrance into a few key organizations that I am targeting along with understanding who are the decision makers and influencers.  Ask how I can help them.

11:30-12:00pm – drive (LOVE The Current 89.3)

12:00-1:15pm – 2nd networking meeting of the day (see above)

1:15-1:45pm – drive (are you sensing a pattern…)

1:45-2:00pm – quick check email and phone as needed

2:00-2:30pm – 3rd networking meeting of the day (trying to have 10-15 networking meetings per month)

2:30-3:00pm – drive home and squeeze in some office time, check emails, messages, do some project work, etc

3:00-3:15pm – feed 2 girls prior to 4 hours of gymnastics

3:15-3:45pm – check job postings, update networking bio, update networking grid

3:45-6:00pm – drive to 2 girls to gymnastics, and 3 boys to taekwondo, from basketball, from nordic ski and occasionally drums and guitar

6:00-7:00pm – send thank you emails to the people I met with today and the people that referred/introduced me to them

7:00-7:45pm – rest, talk to my husband about our schedule for the next day, help with dinner/laundry/etc

7:45-8:15pm – drive from gymnastics

8:15-9:00pm – dinner, dishes, family time (THANK GOD I have a husband who is a fantastic cook)

9:00-9:30pm – try to stay awake

9:30pm – give up, go to bed (to be honest, I need to start at 9:30 if I have any hope of getting the kids settled down and in bed by 10:30)

Variations on the above:

~ Networking groups – I’m trying to attend one job transition and/or senior leader networking group per week

~ Training – I’m committing to 1 training class per month, so far I’ve taken … a networking class, a social justice class, the IDI assessment and am signed up for 2 leadership classes

~ Coaching – I meet with my coach on a monthly basis. She does a great job of helping me plan my goals for the next month and brainstorm fresh approaches to networking

~ Kids – I’ve decided that its impossible to job hunt when the kids aren’t in school, so I’m not fighting it. When the kids are off, I’m off (but I’d say its no less work having 4 kids home from school given their activities)

~ Mentoring – I’m giving back by mentoring others on the job search journey, I meet with 1-2 people a week and help them think about what’s next, who I can connect them with and provide references

~ Board work – I’m on 2 boards (Crisis Nursery and Bellis) along with the Finance Committee at Childrens Home Society. With the committees I’m on (development and event planning) this adds another 2 meetings a month, which are learning experiences in an of themselves plus a great behind the scenes look at nonprofit governance

This new schedule is fun, exhausting, challenging and exciting. I get the opportunity to meet (and learn) from some seriously impressive and accomplished leaders, I am sharing my talents in my project work, I’m learning a ton about the depth and breadth of the nonprofit community in the Twin Cities and I feel like I’m a step closer to my goals everyday.

I’d say I’m doing pretty good. I’ve got a big goal, am working my plan, get to surround myself with people and am adding real value.  I’m proud of myself (just dont stop by on a Friday night, I’m in bed by 9:00pm :))