Here’s what my typical workday has been like for the past several weeks:
Get into work by 9am (8:45 if the traffic fairies are nice 9:15 if they are in a bad mood). Run into my office, close the door, tune into a Pandora station and do work for an hour or so. (I never check email first thing in the morning. It is one of my favorite productivity tips and I’m not alone — check out Britt’s post about it at the Full Time, All the Time blog.)
At 10am the meeting marathon starts. If I’m lucky, I get out for lunch, but many times it’s a business or work-related lunch. Back to the office to continue the meeting marathon, that usually ends around 5pm. There are days when I literally have no time between meetings and I go from one to the other, my water bottle or tea cup and laptop in tow.