Right when I wake up, I spend 2-3 minutes with my cat, Tiramisu, before hopping out of bed and really beginning my day.
Everyday begins with me meditating. It’s really one of the best parts of the day and helps me get started the right way.
I have my coffee and breakfast while listening to a podcast, typically the news.
I walk to one of our middle schools to get ready for a couple of interviews my team is managing that day (it happens to be literally around the corner from my apartment).
After checking and responding to some e-mails from the previous afternoon, I set up the two interviews for the day – one is for a Mandarin Teaching position and the other for an Operations role.
Once the interviews are completed, I head to our central office, about a 40-minute walk from this school. My days typically begin at the central office, so I am diligent about making sure I get my walk in, even if my day did not start there.
While on my walk, I conduct a phone interview (we are hiring for a member of my team right now – every second counts).
I have a meeting with one of my senior leaders about our orientation for new faculty in August. I am leading the redesign for some components and want his feedback.
Right before I hop on a call with a consultant I am working with, I heat up my lunch. I take my lunch while I am on the call.
Later this afternoon, I am leading a meeting with some of the Principals and other leaders of my organization around making some changes to our evaluation rubrics for our faculty and staff. I want to make sure the materials and my talking points are ready for that meeting, so I spend a bit of time going through everything.
It’s my team’s weekly check-in, so I head to one of our conference rooms in my office for that. It’s a really busy time of year for my team, so we spend the majority of the time giving updates about certain projects and our progress toward hiring goals.
My evaluation meeting is at 3:00pm and I head over to our elementary school (around the corner from our central office) so that I can be with our elementary Principal during the call.
The evaluation meeting begins with a few of our Principals and network leaders. There is a lot to dig into and some really good feedback. After an hour and a half, we are feeling good about changes we are making to our evaluation tools for the 19-20 school year.
One of our social workers suggested that we check out a new product to support employees and their mental health. I have agreed to take a call with a representative from this site about the product and its benefits to see if it could be a fit.
I have a call with a peer at a similarly-sized CMO here in Brooklyn about some work we are doing around our diversity, equity, and inclusion programming for next year.
Between those meetings and calls, a number of e-mails have popped up (some time-sensitive, some not). I respond to a good chunk of them, calendar some work time for myself for the following day for the remainder of them, and pack up my things.
I begin my walk home (best part of my day).
I have dinner!
Through the Broad Residency, I am part of an optional learning module for managers who want to talk to other managers within the Broad Center network about… managing teams. It’s a video call, and it’s a really nice opportunity to engage with folks about what is going on in my organization and on my team in a casual, but productive, way.
I am trying to read more. So I read for a bit before heading to bed.
Yes, I am in bed and (hopefully) asleep by this time during the week.