I’m fairly amused to live in Spain where the average workday is very atypical for that of the average freelancer or employee in English speaking countries. In fact, here is what would occur on a normal working day:
9:00 AM – Start work by checking email and chatting with the workmates.
9:30 AM – Break for a cup of coffee or beer (yes, this early) with the workmates down at the local bar.
10:30 AM – Return, begin real work.
1:00 PM – Break for lunch and a siesta (and maybe another beer).
4:00 PM – Return to work, chat with workmates (going back to bar optional).
4:30 PM – Continue with real work again.
6:49 PM – Hmmm, about 7 PM, time to go home.
Now, it’s probably a given that sticking to this kind of schedule would not get me too far as a freelance programmer. You might even go as far as to equate this as “treading water.”
Except on Mondays when it absolutely rules.
To explain, I always have it difficult on Mondays. You know, having to deal with the email requests that come over the weekend, thinking of something to write for the blog post, periods of sluggishness followed by moments of caffeine highs. Stuff just doesn’t get done like, say, on a Tuesday. I’m not even talking hangovers here either.
So I decided, screw it, I’m going all Spanish on Mondays from now on.
Sleep in an extra hour.
No more Monday deadlines.
Chat with my friends down the street over a beer (at 9:30 sharp).
Not bang my head trying to write THE blog post. Halfway crappy will suffice.
Nice long siesta. Now we’re talking.
Don’t get me wrong, I probably hover around 50 hours a week working my freelance projects, blogging and doing other personal projects. I’m not quite that lazy. (I know, I know, only 50 you say with a laugh)
But you know what? Tuesday thankfully come a lot easier now. All 18 hours of work that follows it.
I’m just hoping the day never comes where we have the morning beer over Twitter.