Forbes | Day In the Life: Working From Home

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Ever wonder what the life of an up-and-coming entrepreneur or a CEO really looks like? Considering a leap to a startup? Or just curious about the day-to-day of someone navigating her way in a different industry? Women@Forbes new “Day In The Life” series gives an insider’s view of what these women do — from their inspirational moments and behind-the-scenes at work to the apps, productivity tips and stress-reducing tricks they can’t live without. 

I'm frequently on the road, and I've shared what that looks like here, but here's what happens when I'm in the office (aka home).

6:30am: I get up, rather than 5:00 or 5:30am due to jet lag. On this particular day, I immediately checked e-mail, but shouldn’t have because I panicked that one of my podcast recordings hadn’t recorded. But it did. Phew. Uploaded to Dropbox and sent off to be transcribed!

7:00am: Back on track, listened to an 18-minute speech, a TED-like, faith-based talk by Dieter F. Uchtdorf; pray.

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This is my home office. I love this little nook.

7:30am: Went to my desk. Sent a RedStamp card to my sister for her birthday. Worked on slides / handout for CPA Congress speaking engagement in Australia.

9:00am: Headed over to the track at Virginia Military Institute to get my 30 minutes of exercise. It's such a beautiful campus.

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I love climbing the stadium stairs at Virginia Military Institute.

10:00 am: Showered, tidied the house, washed dishes, cooked chicken cutlets for my lunch.

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This is our family room where we relax, and I do the occasional at-home work meeting.

10:30 am: Met with my editor Heather Hunt to talk through the outline for my next book. Was reminded there are certain aspects of my work I can delegate, but the thinking part, the ‘hard' part, I can't.

12:30 am: Made a fresh tossed salad with chicken; read the weekly e-mail from our son who is on a mission in Brazil.

1:00 pm: Interviewed a C-suite executive for my next book, while walking outside to get some fresh air and exercise.

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We can see a Wal-Mart from our front porch, but we also see this.

1:30 pm: Sent e-mails/invoices/paid bills, signed 30 bookplates for the Tennessee Valley Authority. I love being able to finish up lots of small details. Answering e-mail is the workplace equivalent of washing dishes.

4:30 pm: 1 hr. coaching call with a CEO.

5:30 pm: Picked up my daughter from swimming practice. It's been fun to watch her pick up a sport.

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This is the Lexington town pool where she swims.

6:00 pm: Family dinner at Pure Eats, my favorite summertime restaurant where we can sit outdoors and eat burgers and onion rings.

6:30 pm: Back to my office to prep the intro and outro script for my podcast interview with Brian Moran. He is a terrific storyteller.

6:45 pm: Washed the dishes. We have a deal in our family: my husband or daughter cook, I wash dishes. Win-win.

7:45 pm: Finished working, and got to look out the family room window and see this sunset. I then hung out with my husband and watched “Elementary” and “The Voice,” while eating my nighttime snack of grape nuts with cream.

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We get to see House Mountain from our front porch; this mountain reminds me I'm at home.

9:45 pm: We had family prayer, after which our daughter and I had an impromptu heart-to-heart conversation. Love her.

10:45 pm: To bed.


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