Since I work from home, people often ask how I manage it with the dogs. Working from home provides a number of challenges anyway – it’s sooo easy to get distracted with laundry, dishes, talking on the phone, checking Instagram, whatever – and the dogs just add another layer to that. I fielded this question multiple times at BarkWorld, and Mayzie’s mom and I had a good convo about the work-at-home-with-pets situation, so I thought I’d share with you guys a glimpse at what a usual, regular workday is like around here. (The pics aren’t great, I know. I used my phone all day, and as you can see, this house is insanely dark. Light just disappears.)
5:45 – Up and at ’em and out the door! We leave this early to beat the heat and to avoid all the loose dogs that get let out for the day at sun up.
6:30 – Home and catching our breath.
7:30 – Breakfast! Emmett’s favorite time of day! Well, tied with dinner…
7:32 – Breakfast is over. The boys settle in to do their “work” while I sit down to do my work.
10:00 – I leave for an eye doctor appointment and stop at the grocery store.
12:30 – Lunchtime poo (which I didn’t photograph… you’re welcome!) followed by a Cooper/Newt play session.
1:00 – Everyone settles back in to “work.”
3:30 – Epic meltdown. Every day. The boys get restless, and I can’t focus with their manic games of bitey-face, so we go outside (them), start some laundry (me), visit Newt, chew antlers (them), wash dishes (me). Well, except for Emmett. He starts his migration to the back door, inching forward bit-by-bit so that he can be on the doormat for that magical moment when John comes home.
5:00 – Back outside, then dinner. I forgot to snap a pic, but it’s exactly like the breakfast one above!
6:00 – John’s home! The next two hours are a blur of dog walks, dinner, and cleaning.
8:00 – Cat training. Still. Sigh. Then I do a little trick training with Cooper. If he can master this one, there will be video!
8:30 to 10 – Sadly, we usually go right back to work, me in the office, John at the kitchen table. Tonight, John took Coop upstairs to play with Newt while he typed away. I’m downstairs with Emmett and Lucas. Usually, Lucas and Coop wrestle a bit, or Coop will play upstairs with Newt, then they chew their antlers or lounge at our feet.
10:00 – Read and snuggle the pups! Then off to bed to do the same thing all over again tomorrow!
This wasn’t my goal, but now that I made the conscious effort to track our day beginning to end, I spot some places for improvement. Really, these guys get a lot more attention than many dogs simply because I’m lucky enough to work from home. We sprinkle outside play throughout the day, for instance. I think that makes up for us working every evening (or, at least, my guilty conscience wants to believe that’s the case).
So there you have it! A perfectly typical week day around here!
How does your day look? Are you an early riser? A night owl? What about your pups?