A Day in My Life: June 14, 2013

A Day in My Life

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A Day in My LifeI 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.

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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.

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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.

breakfast

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.

computer Wholefully super summer

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!

computer email

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.

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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.

puppy gardenpeas

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.

broken plow computer

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.

lunch magazine

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!).

computer layout

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!

me feet flip flops

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!).

me shower robe towel

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.

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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.

dinner pizza

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.

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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. computer blog posts

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.

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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.

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11:00 pm :: Lights out.

What’s a “typical” workday look like for you?

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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21 Responses
  1. Sarah

    4:30am – wake up (people freak out when I give this time, but that’s when my dog wakes me up, and there are advantages in going to work early. Plus I’m sure it’ll shift when I go back to work after the baby so I’m trying to enjoy it now).

    4:30 – 5:30: take the dog out, feed her, make our lunches, play around on Facebook, get dressed

    5:30 – 6:00: drive to work

    6:00 – 2:30: work. Meetings, documentation, lunch somewhere around 11:30.

    2:30 – 3:15/3:30: drive home. Takes longer because of traffic and construction (Chicago has two seasons – winter and construction)

    3:30 – 4:00: take dog out, play around online, read blogs

    4:00 – 5:00: shower, change into comfy clothes, watch TV

    5:00: feed the dog

    5:00 – 7:00: somewhere in here my husband comes home, we make dinner, and eat while watching a DVRed Jeopardy.

    7:00 – 8, 9, or 10: watch TV or play World of Warcraft. Sometimes I’ll nap on the couch while my husband watches one of his shows or plays a video game and then I’ll go up to bed around 11ish. With only 4 more weeks or so of pregnancy I’m trying to take advantage of any extra sleep time. 🙂

  2. Lola

    As an INFJ / super introvert I can totally relate! I just wanted to add that Susan Cain’s book Quiet is amazing. If you loved her Ted Talk I’d totally recommend checking out her book.

  3. I’m so jealous! I dream of working for myself someday. Hopefully it will happen in the near future…but right now I wake up at 5, go to the gym, come home and shower and make breakfast/lunch, then head to work until 5pm. Then it’s dinner, clean up, sleep. So boring! I wouldn’t mind working longer days if it was at home!

  4. You rock the time management! Way to fit it all in and have time for Puppy walks and the outdoors. Thanks for sharing. As always, you are an inspiration!

  5. Your house is gorgeous. Like, seriously gorgeous. I miss Midwestern summers soooo much (transplanted Ohio-ite living in NYC!) and I am feeling some serious life envy looking at your beautiful home and property.

    Love your blog by the way!

  6. jacquie

    power to introverts. though seriously learning more about being an introvert and how yes that really did make me different from others was really a good thing for me. very powerful. unfortunately i can’t watch the TED now but i’m going to send myself the link with the reminder to watch it later – thanks.

  7. Jessica

    Wow. That looks awesome! I do realize that since you work for yourself, you probably don’t have as much downtime as the average person, but the freedom you have throughout the day to go outside and for little walks and whatnot makes me envious! Good for you for following your dream and making it happen. 🙂

  8. It’s my dream to one day work for myself and from home, as a consultant or whatever in whatever field I stumble into (see the specificity there? It’s incredible isn’t it).

    My typical workday currently looks like this.

    3:30a- wake up (ouch)
    4:00a – leave for work after a glass of water, and the usual morning stuff (like dressing)
    4:30a – start work
    11a – leave work
    12p – nap
    4p – wake up and leave for work 2
    5p – start work 2
    1:30a (next day) – end work 2

    Yeah, my life.
    Luckily I just quit job one, so I get to sleep in and cook and work out! YAY ME!

  9. Denise

    I teach school, so for nine months I have a very prescribed schedule, but holidays and summers give me a much-needed break from the every day routine. I stay busy all summer, but I don’t feel the pressure I do when I’m teaching. I enjoy working at a slower pace, and actually having time to enjoy even the most mundane tasks.

  10. Dana

    Susan Cain’s book, Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking, is really great too. Totally changed how I felt about being an introvert 🙂

  11. Bridget Graham

    Did you finish season 1 of West Wing? I was thinking that’s why you ended up watching 3 episodes because you got to the finale. Season 1 has one of the best finales ever. Have season 2 ready to go:)

  12. You’re making me feel like I need to do another DITL post now that I’m working from home too… except it will pale in comparison to yours in terms of productivity and non-computer time. Seriously, it’s basically like me + screen for 12 hours a day now, hahahaha. Not good!

    Always love seeing these — and seeing the development of your already AMAZING-looking cookbook (not that I had any doubt!). Happy birthday boo!

  13. I must say, after a week of being trapped at my desk (with no windows!) most days this week, I am insanely jealous of your at-home flexibility. 🙂 Maybe someday… 😀
    For now, it’s up at 6:30am, breakfast, lunches into bags for DH and I, shower, dress, arrive at work 8am – work through until 4:30 (lunch at 11:30-12:00), then off to the gym, home by 6:30, walk the pup, make dinner, eat by 7:30-8:00, clean up, pack lunches, and get ready to do it all again tomorrow! 🙂

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