Working From Home and Making It Work | A Typical Day

by Merissa on April 4, 2012

in Make Money

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In case you missed the first parts of this series, head over here to read them:

Is It Right For You?
Choosing Your Career Path
Roadblocks are Ok
Support Teams

I have this pet peeve. I'll tell you what it is....it's people calling/texting/messaging me during the day wondering why I can't do this or that. They don't seem to understand. I'm working!

I think most work from home people get this question asked at one point or another in their journey, "Just what do you do all day?" I think they conjure up some mental picture of bubble baths and chocolate truffles...oh so far from the truth. I'm lucky if I get a shower before 5! Here's a look at a typical day in my life right now:

5:30 - Wake Up. Baby wants fed and so the day begins. Depending on how crazy my day is going to be I either just get up at this point or drift off back to sleep for 30 minutes after the baby is done eating.

6:30 to 7 - Up for real this time. I start my day by sorting through hundreds of emails from the night before, deleting what's spam, filtering and filing what I need to get to later, and answering what needs to be answered now.

7 to 10 - Working on my own work during this time. Sometimes I remember that the growling is my tummy and I grab something for breakfast, otherwise I go for early lunch if it's too late to just do breakfast.

10 to 1 - Consulting work. No I don't just blog on my own sites all day. I have several clients that I do consulting and social media work for. I work for them around this time. Depending on the day this work could take me until 4. On a really good day I'll be done with this by 1.

1 to 4 - If my consulting work is finished I will start working ahead or working around the house if I don't have any articles that need to be done currently. Although generally, the housework doesn't happen ;p

4 to 6 - I pretend I'm done working for the day but like I told hubby last night, "My work is never done and there is always something more I can do." In between getting supper on the table I sneak in a little more work.

6 to 11 - I used to be bad about working after supper but in the last year I'm getting a little better at setting limits. In the evenings is family/work outside time. This is my chance to get caught up on housework if I'm not ready to fall over or work outside on the garden (depending on the season). Then we fall into bed around 10 or 11 to try and get in a nap before baby wakes up again.

This is a typical weekday. Some days I have meetings outside of the home so everything gets pushed back and I end up working later. Ideally I like to work ahead when I know those days are coming but it's not always possible.

How do I keep it all together during the day? Well that's another day's article. :)

If you work from home, what does your typical day look like?

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1 Heather :) :) :) April 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm

You are one busy lady. You mentioned you do consulting work. What kind? Is it for blogs? Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

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2 Merissa April 4, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Yes, my clients are blogs and small businesses. I do social media work;)

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3 Jo April 5, 2012 at 9:01 am

I work from home as a disability attorney (and also practice in a few other small areas when it comes my way). People who know me, especially older people who may not use the internet, seem to think I sit home all day in pajamas and watch TV. Not that it never happens =) but I’m thankful for the flexibility to work the way I want. The only kind of work I do before noon is make necessary phone calls and answer necessary e-mails. After noon I work off and on until the Little House marathon on Hallmark channel, ha! Sometimes I quit at 5 pm, sometimes 7 pm. Sometimes I’m done at 2 pm. I also try to keep up with housework, errands, and taking the dogs outside a few times a day. There’s a lot of travel with my work, but not all at once. I’m a classic introvert and thrive off working alone, on my own terms. Not that I never need help or direction (I do, lots), but the process is more streamlined this way. I like being micro-managed by by myself and not someone else! I like to think working from home gives me the freedom to be more productive and accountable!

Love this series, and thanks!

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4 Melannie April 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

I hope this is not too intrusive, but this is the field I am hoping to segue in to, so I have a few questions if you are able to answer them.

What do you mean by you “do social media” for them? Are you administrating twitter feeds, Facebook pages, managing analytic’s and measuring advertising ROI?

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5 Sharon Snow April 25, 2013 at 11:30 pm

I’m interested in learning more ideas

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6 Amy July 13, 2013 at 6:17 am

Love all of your articles!!!! I home school in an apt right now with 4 bright children. Hopefully this year soon my spouse will finish his thesis and we move into our first house where I can start my home business as well.

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7 Mindy Lou January 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm

I cherish reading your blog on Friday it is a taste of home out here in Michigan. I find myself wishing I lived in an farm down the road. I believe we would be friends working, laugh and enjoying our families as friends and neighbors do.
Alas, that is not my life. I am to be self sufficent without the fellowship of the prarie. I meet folks hear…yet, they can’t understand the chracter that the land grows into the people that have grown up in it. Some of the tallest grasses in the world come from our prarie, amazing when you consider the adversity. I guess it is that same adversity that grows its people strong. God bless. Mindy Lou

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8 Merissa January 3, 2014 at 8:08 pm

This is a beautiful comment, thank you for leaving it :)

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9 Jennifer Reed January 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm

I work from home as an independent distributor for Advocare. It’s a great company who really focuses on giving you all the tools you need to succeed in your business. I am a mother of 5. I completely agree that work is never done. I stay more busy as a stay at home mother than I ever did at a 60 hour a week job. We live on a farm and do our best to be self sustaining. It is really not as hard as people may think. You just need the know how and a little help from people that can offer you suggestions. I was raised this way. I still raise chickens and butcher them and grow gardens and can and bake bread and cookies and anything else I can do. I think I am really going to love your site.

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10 Shannon June 13, 2014 at 11:27 pm

So I realize that this is a super old post, but I’m going to reply anyway! I’m working on starting up my own Beach Body business, and let me tell you, it gets incredibly discouraging! I’m hoping that by starting my own blog I can reach out to more people and show them the amazing products and workouts available. It’s definitely not easy concentrating at home, when there are so many other things that can be done! But it’s something I have to do if I want to be successful and hopefully quit my “real” job, and have the time to do fun things like camping!

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11 Merissa June 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

Good luck with everything Shannon!

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12 Melba sims July 6, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Justrecently ran across your website on Facebook and love reading your articles. I was raised on a farm in mo. you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl. retired RN looking for something to do from home. would like to consult or research

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