You know what I have NOT done since I switched from jewelry-making to house-decorating? Told you about my average day. Of course, “average” is just a buzzword because the extreme flexibility of being self-employed makes everyday different, but you feel me. Sometimes I get questions from people about how I fill my time if I don’t go into an office, and most of them are genuinely curious, but occasionally I run into somebody who implies that because I work at home and don’t have kids I must sit around painting my nails and eating tacos all day. FALSE. I have to work just like everybody else. Maybe I’ll stop if money starts falling from the sky, but until then, girlfriend has to hustle.
So, let’s take a peek at my typical workday. Here are the main things I did yesterday:
This was not yesterday. None of these pictures were, because I forgot to take some.
5:45 a.m. // Ugh, I’m awake. The only inconvenient thing about having one car for two adults is removing myself from my blanket burrito to drop the Hubster off at the gym by 6. Sometimes he drives himself, but I need the car today for a meeting and I’d rather not walk back to it later in my fancy shoes. I think about going back to sleep for an hour when I get home, but I’m too hungry and make breakfast instead.
7:02 a.m. // Computer tasks are first. I’m bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning, so I dig through my inboxes and reply to any clients who have questions, read and comment on design blogs, and make some product selections for one of my freelance projects on Laurel & Wolf. Boom. Off to a good start.
9:01 a.m. // Let’s get dressed! The red shoes make another appearance.
10:00 a.m. // The client meeting I had got rescheduled last minute because of a sick child, so now I have bonus time. I throw some chicken into the crock pot (and make myself a snack), go to the grocery store, and buy some materials for a DIY project that I forgot to get yesterday.
11:58 a.m. // I log into a webinar about generating client leads online–that’s probably the most stereotypically “business” thing I’ve ever written–and eat my lunch while I sit there. That’s right, SIT. The standing desk is all alone in my office because I’m eating my frozen burrito and learning about new business strategies from the comfort of my bed.
2:00 p.m. // It’s cloudy, but I attempt to take some outfit pictures for my final mix-and-match wardrobe post anyway. I wanted to get this done last week, but I kept waiting because I thought the clouds would go away. Of course, THEY DID NOT so now I have to fiddle with the camera.
The last time I documented a non-costume outfit? Summer.
2:47 p.m. // I upload the outfit pictures onto the computer. This is always an adventure because my photography (and modeling) skills are mediocre and I usually end up with a bunch of weird facial expressions, or I’m standing in a shadow, or everything is slightly out of focus. So I delete all of those and edit the keepers.
3:21 p.m. // Time for second lunch! Like a hobbit, I need to have multiples of the same meal. We still have random food leftover from the party this weekend, so I make another dent in that. I creep on other designers’ Houzz profiles while I eat and make notes about phrasing. I also check my analytics.
4:02 p.m. // More assorted computer tasks. I’m moving pretty slowly now and kind of veer off onto Pinterest for a while, but that’s what happens when you start working at 7.
5:49 p.m. // It’s my turn to go to the gym. We do everything in groups–no running around on your own, which is probably for the best because I wouldn’t know what to do–and it’s a full-body workout every time. Today is Sled Day, which means we pull around a metal sled with extra weight on it and, according to my heart rate monitor, I burn 682 calories(!!).
7:17 p.m. // We use some of the crock pot chicken to make nachos! I almost never do any work in the evening since my creative juices spring forth in the morning, so after we chow down it’s time for a little Netflix, a FaceTime call with my sister, and then lounging around with the Hubster until I accidentally doze off with the lights on because I’ve been awake since 5:45.
And that’s my day.
What does your normal schedule look like? Do you stick to a routine or do you let the wind carry you? Who else works from home and gets snarky questions about how you can’t POSSIBLY have that much to do? (Bite me.) Anybody else gets up at the crack of dawn like a farmer?