I've been asked quite a bit what a typical "work" day looks like for me. Since I work from home, and I have my own company, my work is pretty much whatever I want it to be. Dream come true, right? In a lot of ways, YES! It totally is! On the reverse side, sometimes I do wish I had someone that could just give me a list of things I need to accomplish, or help me stay on task with the work that I need to get done. However, I have my own kind of schemes and devices that I do to keep my focused (which I'll be sharing in a post, soon) so that I essentially have a similar working environment!
I will say, that working from home, and the work that I do, every single day really is different. I am not he best with structure and repetition, and that's part of the reason why I think God called me to the business that I am in! However, for the sake of this blog post I'll try to sort of fictionalize what, if I had a typical work day, looks like.
So here's a little glimpse of my day:
6:30 a.m. - wake up, have coffee and do quiet time with Daniel.
7-8 a.m. - finish my first cup of coffee (I LOVE drinking my coffee slowly in the morning) and have my quiet time with the Lord. This involves a random variety of prayer, journaling (I use this Rifle Paper journal), reading the Bible and sometimes an additional devotional. Currently reading Fervent, next on my list is Chasing Slow.
8-9 a.m. - This is a little more organic. Sometimes I'll keep doing my quiet time, if I feel so lead. Other times I grab breakfast (usually toast, quinoa oatmeal or muesli with yogurt) and a second cup of coffee. Then I usually go straight to my email and tackle it. I go over my list I made from the night before of things I need to get done that day, and start knocking those out.
9-12 p.m. - These are my most productive hours, so I try to tackle the biggest (or most daunting task) first, and get it done with. My "work" is usually answering emails (responding to customers and clients), fulfilling/packing orders, designing new products + ordering them, curating + posting social media content, curating + posting blog and newsletter content, then any other miscellaneous tasks that come my way. But for the most part, those are the things I do nearly every single day.
Lunch - I usually don't take a lunch "break," I more so just go to the kitchen, make lunch and then usually bring it back to my computer... So even though I work from home, I still have bad habits like eating at my desk! I am trying to break this, and when I'm being good at resting, I will take an actual lunch break and read a book while I eat. I'm not really good at just focusing on eating, haha. I do love reading, so that is a great way to distract myself from work and focus on some me time.
1-3 p.m. - These are usually the last few hours where I'm super productive. Since the sun (inside) is best at these times for me, this is usually when I will photograph anything that needs to be photographed. This is also the time I'll work on a lettering project, or fill any last minute orders or changes that needed to happen.
3-5 p.m. - This is another really organic time for me. Some days, I'm totally killing it and I am super productive, so I just keep working at whatever needs to get done (or start on that "list" of things that I want to do, but aren't time pressing, so I generally procrastinate).
5 - 6 p.m. - I try REALLY hard to be done with work, have my laptop closed and in general not check or post on social media after this time so that I can focus on family time and time with Daniel undistracted. I realized last year that I was letting my work take precedence over my marriage, and that's not the kind of person I wanted to be. Even though I still struggle with not getting everything done, and I often use the excuse in my head, "Well, if I just work tonight and get X done, then I'll be able to..." Usually I can talk myself out of it, but sometimes I do push work and
Whenever I end work day, though usually this happens right before bed, I try to make a list of all the things that need to get done the next day. I'll move along anything from today's list that didn't get done and move it onto the next day, and then I'll try to choose my top three things from that list that I absolutely for sure want done the next day. That way, in the morning I have kind of a guide on what's most important to work on first (second and third) so I don't get as easily distracted by emails, texts or posts that take me down a whole other road of tasks that don't really need to be done in that moment.
So there you have it!
Now every week I usually try to go to Atlanta once, for coffee dates, a meetup of some kind (Rising Tide, Shopify, Creative Mornings, etc.) so that will take me "out" of working from home for the day, and put me in a different working environment.
I also have shows half the year, and that always changes up my routines quite a bit. For instance, if I have a show weekend coming up, then the week before I am making sure everything is organized, uptodate on the website, and tagged for the show. Then of course, packing everything into the car and getting ready to leave! Vice-versa happens when I come home from a show, so those are two days that are dominated with show prep/take down.
// Anyways, I think that's enough of my blabbering for now. Hope you enjoyed getting to read a little behind-the-scenes of what it looks like for me to work from home.