Impressive. That is all I can say when glancing at actor Mark Wahlberg’s “typical” daily schedule. The schedule begins at 2:30 a.m. and Wahlberg goes to bed at 7:30 p.m. He gets more done before 8 a.m. then most.
Could I do this schedule? I think my schedule currently is pretty crazy, but the amount of things that happen during my day is less exciting to talk about. I am not going to the cyro chamber for a quick freeze or working out twice-a-day (although, that would be nice).
My schedule finds me waking up at 5:30 a.m. to beat my wife into the shower. My normal bathroom routine takes me about 20 minutes, but I like to start coffee before I head in to cool it down to a reasonable temperature by the time I get out.
After the shower, I drink my coffee and sit with my daughter (who has risen due to the shower starting) and watch morning cartoons. Within 10 minutes, my son is up and also joins us on the couch. My wife now prepares for her day and we run down the list of items that I can’t remember (dang scatter brain) and what is coming up for tomorrow. After morning pleasantries, my wife leaves for work and my son goes to school.
My daughter and I will then spend the next several hours working on “projects,” reading, coloring, playing with dolls or Legos, and having lunch. This is my favorite time of the day because it allows me one-on-one time with someone that has much the same temperament as myself. She is a spitfire but a daddy’s girl when it is just the two of us.
When it’s time to bring her to preschool, I get ready for work. We head out and I drop her off at the school and head into the office. The first hour is basically trying to get my bearings on the day. I check new emails and get back to where they were when I left the day before, and then talk with my staff about what they are working on and begin to work on putting the paper together.
Meetings and email conversations are sprinkled in for the next four hours before I head back home for dinner. By this time, I hope to have three-quarters of the paper ready to go.
Dinner and family time (a Wahlberg staple) happens for the next hour. I ask my family how their days went and spend the remaining time with my children. This could be reading, watching TV or just palling around in the living room.
Back at work, I finish up the paper and respond to more emails (you would think they would end at some point). Working to complete the paper and get ahead of the next day, I finish up everything around 10:30 p.m. while loading the paper online. When it is all said and done, I am at home and in bed by midnight.
Can I do what Wahlberg does? Sure, I had those type of hours in college as I worked the morning loading shift at Target. But in my 30s with a family, the importance lays solely on being a good father — but more sleep would be nice.
Zach Stich is the managing editor at The Fergus Falls Daily Journal. His column appears each Thursday.