I realized the other day that I haven’t done a day-in-my-life post on a “normal” work-from-home day. For some reason, I thought it might be interesting to show you guys a day in the life of someone who works for themselves. Then, I started looking at the photos and realized 99% of them are just shots of my computer screen. Not so interesting. So…uh…sorry ’bout that. But, hey, at least I’m honest about my not-at-all glamorous life, right?
Here is my Friday, June 14, 2013.
6:30 am :: Awake! I never set an alarm anymore (which is awesome), but I naturally get up between 6:30-7:30am everyday.
6:30-7:00 am :: Every morning I reach over, grab my phone, and spend some time checking in on email, social media, reading/approving comments, making sure my morning post went up. That way, by the time I’m actually out of bed, I already feel like I’ve accomplished a lot.
7:00 am-8:00 am :: I finally pull myself out of bed and head to the coffee maker. Over a mug of (decaf) coffee, I work on my schedule for the day. I make my to-do list, and then I use Google Calendar to schedule out my day. I do this every morning.
8:00 am-9:00 am :: Time for my morning chores. Make the bed, get dressed, do my hair, brush my teeth, feed the animals (cat, dog, and fishes), walk Puppy, clean out the litter box, put out the flags, clean the kitchen. I also spend about 15 minutes straightening up the office, because it’s a bit chaotic.
9:00 am-9:30 am :: Breakfast time! I try to eat at least one meal a day away from my desk, but breakfast ain’t it. I eat some poached eggs on toast and fruit while I reply to emails and comments, log my Super Summer points, and log our food harvest totals from the day before.
9:30 am-10:30 am :: Gotta get today’s post up! I try to get them done the day before so they can go live around 6am, but sometimes I wait until the morning of to work on it. This time, it’s easy peasy because it’s this post from Coach Krissie. I just have to edit it, put in photos, and do the formatting. Takes me about an hour.
10:30 am-12 pm :: I’ve been neglecting my emails for a few days, and it’s time to play catch-up now. I spend a few hours replying to readers (I LOVE your emails!), replying to sponsors/companies, replying to clients, and chatting with my editor. I achieve the coveted inbox zero by noon! Yay!
12 pm-12:30 pm :: I find myself feeling a little freaked out about…stuff. I’m an introvert (and even a bit shy), so social stuff sometimes gives me the heebeejeebies, and I’ve got a lot of public events coming up in the next few months that I’m starting to get anxious about. So I spend some time do a little research about it and stumbled on to this incredible TEDtalk. I watch it. And then share it on pretty much every social media channel ever, because it’s awesome. It makes me feel better. And like I’m not alone.
12:30 pm-1:00 pm :: The day is beautiful, and both Puppy and I are starting to get antsy, so we head outside for a walk. I let her roam free in the garden while I do a bit of weeding and pick some of our produce that is coming off.
1:00 pm-1:30 pm :: An email comes in that The Broken Plow (our homesteading/gardening/hobby farm blog) has been approved for the BlogHer network. Which makes me super happy! I love being a BlogHer blogger. But it requires some tweaking/work on the blog. So I work on that for a little bit.
1:30 pm-2:00 pm :: Tummy is grumbling, so it’s time for lunch. This meal I do eat away from my desk. I leave my phone and computer inside and sit out on the deck with a magazine, a salad, and a glass of lemonade. The salad looks disgusting, but I promise it was delicious.
2:00 pm-3:30 pm :: Back to work. My editor has requested some sample design spreads for my cookbook (using recipes that I already have on my blog), so I work on the design of those a bit (sorry for the blur, no looky!).
3:30 pm-4:00 pm :: Puppy says, “Mommy, I’m bored.” So we go out for a short walk around the property. It’s nice having nine whole acres to roam because it’s pretty much just like taking Puppy to the park, except we own it. Notice I switched into shorts—it got warm!
4:00 pm-4:30 pm :: I take a shower once we get back to wash away all the sweat, bugs and dirt (country life, woohoo!).
4:30 pm-6:00 pm :: Back to work on the book. Now I’ve moved on to finalizing my recipe list. I have yet to start recipe development, but I’m trying to get all my ideas organized and make sure I have a nice balance between sweet and savory dishes. While I’m working, I have the radio broadcast of IndyCar qualifications streaming in the background.
6:00 pm–6:30 pm :: Craig texts that he is on his way home, which is pretty much always my cue to get up and make dinner. It’s Friday night, which means pizza night! Spinach alfredo pizza, in fact, and garlic knots.
6:30 pm–7:00 pm :: Babyface is home! Yay! And dinner is ready. So we load up our plates and head down to the TV room. We’re almost finished with the first season of The West Wing and are totally engrossed in it. We plan on only watching one episode, but it turns into three. Whoops.
8:30 pm-9:00 pm :: We finally pull ourselves away from the TV because Craig has to start getting his stuff ready for tomorrow, and I have more work to do. I sit down to work on a blog post for tomorrow.
9:00 pm–10:30 pm :: Blog post is done (woohoo!), so I switch gears to back to work on the design spreads for my cookbook. Even though I’m a morning person, I strangely seem to do my best design work late at night.
10:30 pm–11:00 pm :: Alright, it’s bed time. I climb into bed and do a little bit more magazine reading. When I’m as busy as I am now, I have a hard time focusing on books, so I like to stick with magazines for my leisure reading. Plus, Mother Earth News is always totally awesome.
11:00 pm :: Lights out.