I thought it might be fun to walk you through my daily routine as a blogger/freelancer. I actually don’t assign specific hours or times to specific tasks. You know, some freelancers designate a big block of time to “answering emails” or “working on client projects”, etc. Not me. I’m constantly alternating what I’m doing. So in a give three hour period, I might do all of these things:
- Code a design for a client
- Write a blog post
- Check in on Twitter
- Scan Feedly
- Write another blog post
- Answer emails
- Respond to blog comments
You get the idea. I don’t set aside blocks of time; I just work on whatever I feel like in that moment, which often results in a lot of hopping around. But I can give you a vague outline of my activities and generally when they occur.
10:30 – Good morning
I wake up LATE. And it’s AMAZING!
Most days I wake up between 10am and 10:30am, but sometimes if I’ve been up late reading I don’t wake up until 11 or 11:30!
Then, many days I spend an additional 30 minutes laying in bed, checking things on my phone. This is usually when I go through my Feedly app and read some blog posts, scan the subject lines on my emails, and check in on Twitter.
Once I’ve finally pulled myself out of bed, I head to the computer (still in my PJs) and check up on the world more thoroughly. I go through some of my emails that are easier/quicker to deal with and I do a bit more on Twitter. If any support tickets need answering, I make sure to get those done.
After about 30-60 minutes (depending on what time I finally woke up) I start to think about food.
11:45 – Food, you’re delicious
I actually don’t eat breakfast. I think it’s because I wake up so late anyway and I’m usually not hungry IMMEDIATELY. I get hungry about an hour after waking up, but by that time it’s almost noon—lunch time.
Some people might say my lunch routine is boring and predictable, but I love it! I’ll touch over all the possibilities:
Eat in (not that often)
Sometimes I eat lunch at home. This doesn’t happen that often. But occasionally I make myself eggs or a bagel and grab a cup of hot chocolate.
Go to Costa and eat in there
I do this a lot, but only when Costa isn’t super busy. I don’t like to eat in when it’s packed with people and I have to scramble to find a table. But when it’s nice and quiet I love to bring my Kindle and sit in at Costa. I get a delicious hot chocolate and one of their wraps to eat.
Food to go
Whenever I’m not doing one of the above, I grab something from Starbucks or Costa to go. Usually a hot chocolate (or a Frappuccino on a hot day!) and a panini/wrap.
12:30 – Time to work!
Once I’ve had food in me, I can actually dig into the serious stuff. I spend time answering the more difficult emails (usually the ones from clients or those that require I look into a coding issue). I also work on various coding projects. Also bundled in this time frame is blogging. If I have ideas for posts, now is usually when I write them.
This period is also when I start any household tasks, like running the dishwasher or putting on a load of laundry.
3:00 – Time for the gym!
My gym time is 3:00. I usually only go Monday, Wednesday, Friday—at least that’s what it’s been lately since I’ve been doing Couch to 5K (which is a three day per week program). I go to the gym for thirty minutes, so I usually get back at 3:30, then I stretch and spend time cooling down.
For the next 30-60 minutes I usually pick up where I left off before the gym and continue working/blogging.
4:30 – Bath time
I always have a bath at around 4:30pm. Most days I bring my Kindle with me and get some reading in while I’m there!
After the bath, it’s more working/blogging until my husband gets home at around 6:30.
7:00 – Time to cook
I usually start cooking dinner when my husband is in the shower. We usually end up eating around 7:30 or 8, depending on when I started and what we’re having.
If my husband and I have something we want to watch together (movie or TV show) we watch it with dinner. We’ll get on the sofa with our plates and watch something from his PC. If we don’t have something we both want to watch, then we usually watch our own things. My husband usually watches a short 20 minute episode of something and I usually watch Chasing Life or pick an old episode of 24 to watch while I eat.
After dinner is epic lounging time. My husband usually likes to game so he’ll usually be playing Team Fortress 2, or lately we’ve been playing Diablo III together. But if we’re not doing something together, I can usually be found doing one of three things:
- I plop down on the sofa and read
- I play a game of my own
- Continue my combination of working/blogging
Bedtime around 11
My husband and I usually go to bed around 11pm. Every now and then I stay up a bit later and read, but that doesn’t actually happen too often!
Rinse and repeat!
Some people might think my routine is boring or not very adventurous… but I love it! I always look forward to waking up and starting a new day. I also really appreciate how relaxed and stress-free my days are. I am extremely productive in the hours that I’m working, but it doesn’t feel like work. It feels like I’m just having fun and messing around with code and designs.