A Day in the Life: Raejean Johnson

Name: Raejean Johnson
Program: Second-year student in the online Master of Global Engineering Leadership program
From: Lexington, OH

Raejean Johnson knows a thing or two about keeping busy. This energetic mom of three balances a full plate of courses, a career and actively participates in her children's extracurricular activities in Boy Scouts of America, dance, sports and more. 

"The toughest thing about juggling all that I do is probably finding time for me. I have learned that I cannot take care of everyone else if I do not take care of myself first," she said. "I read a lot and try to build myself from within as well as keeping myself healthy. Balance is the key."

Organization, scheduling and prioritizing tasks factors into her success. Check out a typical day in her life.

5:00 a.m.
I get up early to get in a yoga practice or catch up on school work. Then, I get myself ready for the day. I take my daily vitamins, run the coffeemaker and get my gym bag ready in case I can squeeze in a kettlebell class after work.

6:30 a.m.
I wake up the kids and do my daughter's hair. Then I confirm the evening schedule with my stepdad who lives with us, he usually handles dinner. Then I am out the door, wishing everyone a great day!

7:00 a.m.
Around this time is when I arrive at work, I’ve finished my coffee and start to plan out my day and prioritize my tasks. 

10:30 a.m.
Mid-morning would be the time I step aside and take care of my home management. Many times, I will have to call and set up appointments for the kids and activities with other Scout moms or coaches for the day.

12:00 p.m. 
It's my lunch break. Most of the time, I am either doing my school work or walking uptown to the Scout store or the bank to minimize stops after work.

4:00 p.m.
The work day is over, but it's only getting started for me! If I get out of work in enough time, I'll hit the gym for a kettlebell class on my way home. I try to make sure I get there at least three days a week.

5:30 p.m.
As I head toward home, I pick up my oldest from band, drop him off and grab the youngest two kids for extracurricular activities.

6:00 p.m.
Depending on the day, I can be at Scouts, football or soccer practices, robotics with my oldest, dance class for my daughter or home football games to cheer on the marching band.

7:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Everything usually buttons up between 7:30 and 8:00, and we head home. As we drive, I like to spark crazy conversations with my kids with wild questions that require the use of their imaginations.

8:00 p.m.
It’s time for me to get the kids ready for bed. I get the kids washed up. During this time, I check their homework, lay out their vitamins and pack their lunches. I make sure they have everything they need for the next day.

9:00 p.m.
I tuck in the kids, we say what we're thankful for and I wish them sweet dreams. This is when I can get the house cleaned up, read a little or watch a Netflix episode with my oldest before he heads to bed.

10:30 - 11:00 p.m.
It’s finally time for me to wrap my day up and prepare for the next day. I typically pack lunch and set the coffee pot. Ready to do it all over again in the morning!

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