I get so many questions about how I juggle everything, manage to stay productive and get things done so I thought it would be fun to walk you through an unfiltered day in the life of Sanaz.
As many of you know, I’m a full-time practicing attorney with two toddlers and a serious Instagram hobby. I thought it would be fun to recap a day so I better get right into it.
5:30 am wake up, get dressed and head out the door for Cycle Bar. I try to lay everything out the night before so it’s just a quick trip to the bathroom, getting dressed and getting out the door. I usually lay out my clothing, socks, food (if any), bag with my keys and wallet and have my water bottle filled in the fridge ready to grab and go.
7:00 am get home, jump in the shower and get as ready as fast as possible before the kids wake up and if the kids are up then as fast as possible to spend time with them.
7:15 (ish) am get breakfast going for the kids and make myself a cup of coffee. My 2-year-old still drinks milk so we give him his milk while we beg our daughter to eat breakfast. #WorldsPickiestEater
7:30 am kids babysitter arrives so I it’s time to finish feeding the kids and get ready for work. I work from home a few days a week but I still like to get out of my PJ’s and get dressed. It helps me get mentally ready for the day and get into the work zone a little better.
8:30 am inhale my breakfast usually a smoothie because it’s hot, they are quick, filing and can be changed around easily. I live for food prep so I freeze my smoothie ingredients in individual reusable bags so I just need to add milk, protein powder any superfoods and blend. I’ve even played around with mason jarring all the dry ingredients so it’s literally frozen + dry + liquid – Blend. If I didn’t get to the day before, I snap a picture of my daily desk eats for instagram because it’s much easier to do this at home in the kitchen than the middle of the workday or office.
8:45 am grab my lunch, purse and head out the door to drop my daughter off at school.
9:15 am get back to the house but head straight for the office to get started on work. If I’m not faced with any deadlines or meetings, I usually spend the first 30 minutes of my day catching up on emails, blogs and instagram
12:00 pm Lunch Time! 95% of the time, I pack my own lunch. On days where I work from home, I pack my lunch and bring it into the office to avoid wandering into the kitchen and to try and keep my workday in the work zone. If my son is awake, I often go and have lunch with him because who is a better lunch date than my little ham.
12:40 (ish) pm back to the desk and the catch up with emails, blogs and instagram. I try to set a time block for surfing the web so I can play around without feeling guilty or letting it interfere with work.
5:00 pm wrap up the workday and figure out what I need to get done when the kids sleep. I keep a to-do list so this is about the time I update it before heading back into the house.
5:00 pm-6:00pm time to play with the kids. I try to get everyone (myself included) off electronics and really spend time with them. My sister lives very close so we often walk over to play with her kids or head outside to burn off some energy and avoid some major sibling toy fights.
6:00 pm get a snack ready for the kids, heat up my dinner and prep breakfast for myself and my the hubs. If I’m having oatmeal, I usually prep everything, snap my picture and dump it into a glass jar for tomorrow. Most days its impossible to prep a pretty breakfast, style it, photograph it and have time to actually eat it before heading to work. Oatmeal is probably the only breakfast I can style the day before and just reheat the morning of. Dinner is usually ready thanks to meal prep so I usually eat an early dinner. This is usually the time I turn the TV on or give the kids their ipads, hoping they watch/play something educational. This is a great way for them to wind down and for me to get 30 minutes of (less interrupted) time to cook/eat dinner.
6:30 pm hubs usually gets home and plays with the kids. This is my clean up time. I try to pick up the toys, clean the kitchen and wash any dishes. I also pack my daughters backpack with whatever school/camp clothing and items needed.
7:00pm bedtime begins. We divide and conquer with the kids and they take turns being on Team Mom or Team Dad. We’ve found that not only is this method so much easier on us but it also gives them each a little undivided attention. Bedtime seems to take longer and longer each month but we try to keep it to bathroom, PJ’s, books, songs and lights out. I’m a pro at getting these kids to bed in record time but Team Dad is way more fun so two books turns into six and one song turns into ten and next thing you know its 8:30.
8:00 after the kids go to bed, I try to get lunches ready for the next day. I pack my daughters lunch, my lunch and my husbands lunch so we can all grab and go in the morning. If its early enough, I take a picture of my daily eats but usually its too dark to get a good picture for Instagram. I also get my workout clothes ready for the next day before changing into my PJ’s and unwinding for the night.
9:00-11:00pm time to catch up on emails, finish working, play online, watch TV (hardly ever) and relax before heading to bed. I’ve recently started trying to go to bed earlier which consists of me getting in bed around 10:00 and playing on my phone until I pass out around 11:30.
My weekdays are all pretty much like this. It may seem like a lot to some and not much to others but I think the key is planning and routine. I live for lists, routines and plans and by doing a little each day life becomes so much easier.
There are a lot of things I want to improve on and I’m sure it will get easier as the kids get older but for now, this is it!