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When I started working for myself, there was a big gap until I felt like I like I had it “together”. I was so used to the 9-5 schedule that it took some time adjusting.
I’m so honored and thankful to be able to create every day. Here’s what a day in the life of my small business looks like:
I usually wake up around this time with my husband. I get ready, give my husband a kiss as he leaves and drinks a big glass of water. I don’t know why, but a good ol’ glass of water just makes me feel like I’m starting my day and wakes me up.
I take Goose on a 15-minute walk around the neighborhood and then feed him when we get home. After, I’ll put on some worship music while I make my coffee. I try not to open my social media, text messages, pretty much my phone, just yet and only absorb inspiring things to put me in a good place before I start working. If there’s a personal project or something that I’m really inspired and excited about, I’ll jump into that so I can work on something fun and get the creative juices flowing before starting on client work.
Two days of the week I’m picking up and taking my nieces to school. I feel so blessed that I have the privilege to do this. They are in middle school and maybe I’m crazy, but I adore middle schoolers and love that I can invest consistent time with them.
This is where I head into my office – usually with the rest of my coffee heated up and I open my email, respond, and then check out my list that I’ve made the day before. I outline the tasks I need to do and then determine how much time they will take. Then I schedule them in for the day. If there’s a personal project or something that I’m really inspired and excited about, I’ll jump into that so I can work on something fun and get the creative juices flowing before starting on client work until noon. Then I’ll start chipping at my biggest task for the day until after 12:30.
I’m so used to the corporate world, I still take an hour break in the middle of the day. This usually includes taking Goose to the park for 20 minutes and eat lunch. Right now, my lunches are either a shake (my go-to is berries, banana, avocado, frozen zucchini, greek yogurt, spinach, milk) or soup that I’ve pre-made and a piece of crusty bread of course. I like to sit outside and enjoy the weather (when I was in the office job, this was when I would thaw out from being in the office) I’ll spend about 30 minutes to an hour on Instagram and social media – this is when I gather together what I’m posting, share a story and engage. I might also drive to a coffee shop to work from there the rest of the day. I love working in my Orlando coffee shops and interacting with the people who work there.
Back to work! I’ll try to tackle whatever else is left on my to-do list, make sure that I’ve sent out any emails that still need sending. I follow the schedule I set out for myself in the beginning of the day – and if there is a lot to do, it may be in 15 minute increments. It’s how I feel best to make sure I am productive.
However, this may also be where my schedule gets a little spontaneous. If it’s a Tuesday and Blake is free, we’ll go and do something fun or not fun like clean the house. But either way, I’ll wrap up whatever I’m working on and go! If I’ve been working really hard all morning, I’m exhausted and my eyes hurt from staring at a screen for too long, then I give myself permission to go do something else for a while and rest. 90% of the time, the work can wait for a little while and it’s worth it to take care of yourself and enjoy real life. This has been a tough thing to allow myself to do, but it’s what freelancing is about, right? I make room for spontaneity, for real life, for the good stuff that drew me to freelancing in the first place.
I always make a point to write my to do list for the next day. On Fridays, I’ll make my “big” to do list where I create 3-5 champagne moments – such as finish a client homepage, send off a website, launch a client etc. So then, on Mondays I can pick up right where I left off without feeling lost. And then I will celebrate what I did accomplish!
One thing that I really adore that I’ve gotten into after going full time Be Bold is making a nice dinner for Blake and I. Sometimes he’s working late or isn’t hungry because his schedule is off, but I try to make a dinner for us at least twice a week. It’s really relaxing for me to put on some music, have my beagle, Goose, with me in the kitchen and drink big glass of lemon water while I cook. On Wednesday and Thursday nights, Blake works late so this is the typical block of time when I have client calls. On the days that I don’t, I’ll either work a little more or relax and catch up with my favorite shows.
Finally, I put all the work stuff away and enjoy my evening with Blake. I try my best to totally cut myself off from work 0 and sometimes that include social media. Blake and I will eat dinner, go on a walk with Goose, watch a movie, talk about our days or play cards.
So there you have it! I’ve given you a pretty good overview of what my typical day looks like, but the truth is, every single day is a little different. Overall, I would say that the biggest strategy to my daily routine is that I make sure I plan out my day with my planner and CRM software in front of me. However, if things are going well for me or my work capacity has hit it’s limit early, I close up shop for the day when I’m tired and need to get back to real life. Because of this, my routine never follows exactly the same timeline, but it’s how I work best and what feels natural to me. I want to flow through my work, not force it. It’s a weird balance, but works for me.
Now, some other things that I take into account are my Be Bold days. Those are when I work ON my business instead of for it. This gives me a break from having to be creative and do some marketing for Be Bold, because I come from a marketing background, and still a marketing nerd at heart, I love that I can have the best of both worlds. On Mondays and Friday’s I will do admin work, write blogs, work on Pinterest, etc.
If you’re working from home like me, I hope this post has helped you to not feel like you have to follow a strict work schedule to get things done. That approach doesn’t work for everyone. Luckily, there’s no right or wrong when it comes to daily routines, it can look however you need it to – structured and planned out or spontaneous, or a mix of both like me. Find what feels right and run with it.