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
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?