The typical Becca wakes up at about 5a.m every morning and goes back to bed between 12 and 1 a.m. Aside unforeseen activities at work, i make a list of events to keep my day organized – anyone close to me understands that i have to keep track of every single thing I do in a day by writing them out – first thing in the morning (my typical routine).

There was a time i created a time table but realized that my work is not as flexible, therefore, i resorted to writing out a to-do list everyday.

This is what my to-do list looks like:

  • Call Simi Gold
  • Write article on “a new Nigeria”
  • Finish up script
  • Blog etc.

With this, i keep track of things i need to finish up, and at some point i created a checklist – “daily checklist and weekly checklist’. – With this, I make a daily /weekly review (based on the number of ticks and analysis) of my activities and accomplishments. ( see
an old sample below).

Although, I discovered that my schedule changes each time something significant comes up, i.e, change of work. But irrespective of what happens, i always follow a routine.

Anyways, i woke up at 5:30 a.m this morning.

  • 5:30 a.m – Prayers
  • 6:05 a.m – 6:40 a.m – Gym (My friend and I started visiting the gym again after i left it for a skipping rope some months back)
  • 6:40 – 7: 30 a.m – Breakfast / Left for work

My Encounter

So, on my way to work, I boarded a Tricycle (Keke napep/maruwa) as usual but what wasn’t usual, was the Tricyclist’s politeness even to the point of blasting some old lovely music which i danced to.

On arrival, i gave him #500 naira note, expecting #450 but also thought of giving out an extra #50 because he drove me all alone in the cold (there was no single passenger on our way). The Tricyclist gave me #300 instead, saying “I no get change o. Make we call am drop sef. Sebi na only you i carry“. I thought it was a joke until he made me understand that he has no other money on him, – long story short, i ended up paying #200 for the music and other services.

  • 8:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m – At work
  • 4:30 p.m – closed from work (quite early – Did i mention that i close when the cases on ground are well sorted? Yes! That’s when i leave for my abode. I’ll write about my work someday. Wait for it!
  • 5:00 p.m – time of publication – blogging

Finally, i get to fix my to-do list in-between breaks at work and before i go to bed each night. My day went well despite all that went down. My routine however, continues till bed time.

How was your day today?


Rebecca Maulome Padonu is an enthusiastic writer with a soft spot for factions. A RubyWrites 2016 finalist. She has completed several freelance writing projects, including BBC Media Action’s Drama series, Story Story (series 32 & 33).


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  2. Alàgbà WheelHelms Reply

    Good piece! Keep penning, Lome! I keep a TO-DO too. Actually, perhaps it is possible to find me without some essentials like phone, but without my colourful Sticky Notes, Notepad and Pen? Never! I actually have a strongly fancy for fine pens.

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