Freelance Diaries: A Typical Day

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Sometimes I look at this blog as a whole and think, “Hm, I don’t think I tell my readers enough about myself.” I’m working on trying to remedy that. Promise.

I always think it’s cool to see what people do with their day, especially if they have cool jobs or lead super busy lives. Since I freelance, my days tend to vary. One day, I’ll be taking wedding pictures, on another I’ll be doing mostly technical writing, then the next day I’ll devote several hours to crafting. The side hustle is real.

Here’s what my typical day looks like:

8:00 — Wake up. I can admit that I’ll never be an early riser, so it’s just easier to have three snoozes go off and catch up on social media before I commit to real life.

8:30-9:00…ish — Did I mention that waking up is flexible?

9:00 — Email check. This is also when I chug coffee and pray for quick caffeine metabolization.

9:15-12:00 — Social media management and content creation. This is my main source of income. I can’t complain. I get to be on Pinterest for other people. Win. This is the least flexible part of my work day.

12:00-3:00 — This is the most flexible part of my work day. Things that fall into this section: overflow content creation, cat-sitting, crafts, technical writing, transcribing audio, Etsy related things, gardening, big personal writing projects. Or whatever else happens to fall into my lap.  I also try to fit some yoga at the beginning of this time slot to keep from getting fidgety.

3:00-5:00 — Running! This is marvelous for someone who sits all day. Sometimes, I get sensory overload (since I’ve been staring at a computer screen all day) and scare hikers with my over-enthusiasm, but most of the time I come out of the woods unscathed and unembarrassed. Bonus points if I don’t trip over roots.

5:00-11:00 — This is the most flexible part of the day. Dinner moves around, depending on what tickles our fancy that day. Then we play video games, watch things I should have seen in the 80’s and 90’s, or meet up with friends. I have a pretty solid “turning into a pumpkin” time of around 11 p.m. You’d think that sleeping in would give me some staying power, but nay. I’m usually in bed by 11.

What does your typical day look like? What do you do for work?  Let me know in the comments!

18 thoughts on “Freelance Diaries: A Typical Day

  1. I am insanely jealous of your schedule. Mine is not as fun as it requires early rising (something I am not a fan of but am forced to do). Alarm goes off at 5:15 am and I am in gym clothes and out the door by 5:30.
    6:00 – 7:30 – gym time at the YMCA. This includes shower, teeth brushing, and hair drying time. Breakfast is a meal replacement shake in the car on the drive to work.
    8:00 – 4:30 – work. MEH. The good parts to this is there is ALWAYS fresh brewed coffee waiting for me. Lunch is from 12:30 – 1:15.
    4:30 – 5:30 – obligatory hour of commute traffic (CA sucks for traffic)
    5:45 – 9:30 – this is ME time. It is also scheduled out. Mondays is podcast recording and editing, Wednesdays are my weight loss group meeting, Fridays are movie nights with the hubby. I also fit dinner in there somewhere and tv watching time on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    Weekends are for laundry, housecleaning, and video game time. I jealousy guard my weekends.

    I think it is awesome you are able to support yourself working independently and having flexibility in your schedule for personal time. Yay Meg!

    • It has taken dozens of non-figurative-speech panic attacks and noodle-based meals to get here. I definitely have days when I troll job posting lists seeking stability. But I am ridiculously fortunate and I work insanely hard to be able to keep it this way.
      I miss having a gym membership. I remember that lovely “Okay, let’s do this shit!” feeling once you get in there. So good. I probably should try it out again.
      I think it’s awesome to hear about your ovaries-to-the-wall commitment to your Kaiser (sp?) Program. Holy shit, I can’t begin to tell you how much of admire you for it.

      • I have developed this awful stomach thing whenever I eat anything spicy or from a delicious Mexican restaurant — after about an hour, I’m no good for anything. Without too much oversharing, I miss red bell peppers, too. Lol!

        You can do it!

  2. I like knowing what people’s days are like too! I work part time so I am up at 6am to get ready and eat breakfast, leave for work at 7:30 and I come home around 12:20pm. Then I eat lunch until 1pm, and work on blog stuff or some digital art. around 4pm I start dinner. then from there it just depends… I feed the dogs, watch TV and eat dinner, then either work on art again, blog stuff or read my book 😀 Ok – too much info haha also, I would love to do some social media management for other people but I have no idea where to even start! >_<

    Jessica | Pyreflies.org

    • You rock for maintaining an 11-hour day regularly. I used to pull those at the bookstore during the Christmas season and I loved them for how busy it was, but mostly collapsed at the end of the day. Seriously, you’re the bomb. What do you do?

      If you want to change it, work toward it. I never thought I could have a job like this until my boyfriend convinced me to try it.

  3. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your day. I, too, am always curious about how other folks lead their lives, and I must say that your day is busy, fun, and balanced. I tend to go off the rails very easily, and then scramble up to the last minute. It’s a work in progress.

    • It’s taken me a long time to get to this kind of organization. Some days I scrap it altogether and just get the bare minimum done, then do focus all of my attention on gardening or sewing. And ohhhh, I procrastinate so hard. I really need to work on that.
      We are all a work in progress. 🙂

  4. You are really productive for being a freelancer. Me? I sometimes blog, but mostly I don’t. Though I should. But I guess I am busy packing and moving. But even when I’m not, I’m just a lazy slob. That’s what I am. I wish I had more motivation to get out and run like you, but again, slob.

    FEEL BETTER WOMAN.

    • You have a legit excuse for the next two months. Moving is a ridiculously huge undertaking. Especially if you’re leaving the state. You’ll be entrenched in boxes and paperwork for the next ever.
      Just go on a walk with the pups, woman. ❤
      THANKS

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