Often I’m asked by friends/family/acquaintances who don’t frequent the world of blogging/social media management/digital freelance “What exactly do you do?” in reference to the fact that I manage to make a few bob working from home, and around the children (the holy grail of working parenthood to many).
Well, I thought I would share (in the sort of over-sharing way that bloggers do), what I usually get up to on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, which are my working days and the days that Sasha is in preschool and Freddie is at school.
This is a typical working day for me:
6am – Alarm goes off. Snooze for a bit longer. Snooze some more unless a small child has loudly frequented the bed. It’s harder in the winter, what with it being dark, but I actually like being up and about early and getting a head start on the day. I jump in the shower, get dressed and do something with my face, before heading downstairs to get Freddie and Sasha sorted for the day. Even though I work from home, I still like to get myself looking presentable as I feel it really ‘sets me up’ for the day. If I bum around in my joggers and no make up, then for some reason I don’t feel as ‘ready to go’. And besides, I still have the school run to do!
7am – Get kids breakfast, me a large glass of water and then a coffee, get kids dressed and teeth done, make sure book bags sorted, school shoes polished and any other housey jobs (i.e. wash load on, dishwasher emptied) before we head out of the door. Because we’re up so early, I find this is the best time for Freddie to do his homework as he’s not tired like he is after school. I tend to grab myself a banana, yoghurt and handful of nuts before we leave the house.
8.30-9.15am – School run, negotiating the pain-in-the-arse that is parking near Freddie’s school (we have to drive), then drop Sasha at preschool straight after Freddie.
9.30am – Cuppa made, usually start working at my desk in our new home office (I love it SO much!). First, I check and respond to any important emails, and check in quickly on all my personal/blog social media accounts. I’ll also share any new blog post that’s been published first thing/overnight. On a Monday, I’ll contact my social media clients, and go through the strategy for the week/month, and discuss what they want promoted/what messages they want put across/any news etc. I’ll then work on this for a couple of hours before lunch, and plan for the week ahead.
11.30am – I’m usually hungry by this point, so will make myself an early lunch- usually something eggy or a big salad. I’ll do a couple more ‘housey’ jobs and check in with my husband (hey husband!)/friends on What’s App, before getting back to work.
12.15pm – Now I’ll work on my blog, either writing posts, planning posts, writing sponsored posts for brands/brand collaborations, or taking photos for posts in order to make the most of the good light (which is particularly tricky in winter!). There’s actually not much time now, so I’ll really crack on. On an ad-hoc basis I’ll photograph any new stock for my Etsy homeware store or package up orders, either to leave for the courier, or to take to the Post Office if it’s an overseas order. It’s a bit of a juggling act, and I have to prioritise on a daily basis!
2.15pm – Check and respond to emails again, and client social media one last time, before dashing out of the door to go and pick Freddie up from school at 3. Sasha doesn’t finish preschool until 4pm, which leaves us with an hour to kill 3 days a week, so we’ll either pop back home for a snack and do some reading practice, or go for a hot chocolate at a nearby cafe as a treat.
4.15pm – All about the kids. I’ll play with them for a bit, before doing their tea whilst they watch telly, then bathtime, PJs, play with Daddy (Adam is usually home from work by 6pm), and then reading for a while. Sometimes I’ll have to respond to an urgent email or phone call, but I really try not to unless absolutely necessary. Otherwise I feel my brain frying between parenting demands and working demands and it makes me really stressed and prone to being a bit shouty, which is not cool and very unfair on Freddie and Sasha. I’ve been feeling so much better since not to trying to multi task all the time, and clearly separating the two.
7-7.30pm – Bed for small people!
7.30pm – Adam and I talk whilst cooking dinner, and then 3 days a week I usually work in the evening too. This is when I do photo editing (as I quite enjoy doing this in front of the telly), finish off any outstanding blog posts, and read and comment on other blogs, which is a pretty important (and enjoyable!) part of networking within the blog community. I got really slack about the latter last year, so this year I’d like to be more sociable online. I also have a notepad where I joy any post ideas down, and I also might send an email introducing myself to any companies that I’m keen on working with. I’m a big believer in if you don’t ask- you don’t get!
11.30pm – Bed, and read for 15 minutes if I’m not too tired!
I also fit in 3 gym sessions a week- one on a Tuesday morning, a weekday evening one, as well as a weekend morning class. In September I started going to the gym 3 times a week after dropping S at preschool, but found I couldn’t fit enough work in to do that every time. If I get ahead of myself on a Monday, then I can have a guilt-free 9.30am Tuesday spin class, and be home by 10.30am to start work 15 minutes later!
Wednesdays and Fridays are my days with Sasha which I’m really making the most of before she starts school in September, but I still might do half an hour of emails on those days after lunch and when she’s having a bit of telly time.
I think if you don’t work from home it looks cushty, and in many ways it is (flexible time, no commute etc), but it can be hard to stay motivated with no one to bounce ideas off, and sometimes lonely *sob!* You also have to be strict (I think) and not blur the lines between work and family life, which can be hard when you’re doing everything from home. Having a dedicated working space has really helped with this, and I’ve found it so much better since I left working in the kitchen and de-camped upstairs!
So that’s my typical working week- What does yours look like? Have you written a post about yours before? I’d love to know as I’m nosy and want to see how other people do it who also blog/work from home!
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