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.


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.


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.


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.


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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