One thing that I've been working on these last few weeks of working from home full time is getting into a schedule that is right for me. That keeps me pumped & inspired while also being able to get down and concentrate on my work. I honestly thought that finding a schedule was going to be extremely easy for me. And that I would find a way to leave my work behind when the proper time came.
But when you are working for yourself, there really is no 5 PM work halt. Sometimes you convince yourself to go just fifteen more minutes, and then an hour later . . .
And while I don't mind doing that in some instances, sometimes it means that I get no time to myself, or with my husband. But I've started to set a schedule out for my days that I quite enjoy that is a compromise for Simeon and I. Though sometiems I start my work a little bit earlier (like today) if I don't get everything done the day before.
Which is why in my scheduled office hours, I don't actually have 40 hours in which I say that i am available to responding to emails quickly. I know that sometimes I'm just going to need to grind to get work done, and I would need time that I wasn't responcible to my email to get some more maintenance and inspired work done. And trust me when I say that I work much, MUCH more than those hours suggest, though there are certain days, such as Friday & Saturday that I do cute off at my scheduled times to be with friends who only have those days off. (My weekend is Sunday & Monday because those are the days that Simeon gets off from work every week!)
Anyway, onto my schedule! I'll be sharing my Tuesday Schedule since it is the beginning of my work week!
8:30 - Alarm
I am not a morning person. Hardcore not a morning person. Getting up at 7, or 6!!!, is just not my thing. I can't do it. I'm cranky. I can't concentrate. And no one wants to deal with me. So while it seems like a late start, it really is what is best for me (and for those who have to deal with me throughout the day!)
9-10 - Relaxed Reading
honestly, I don't get ready first thing in the morning. And I can't eat right away either (it irritates my stomach). So after the grogyness of waking up passes, I put in some reading time (sometimes a little phone gaming time as well) with my books or some blog posts. I start the morning with something that I love and it makes starting the day SOOOO much easier!
10-11 - Random
This is the time that I either talk with Simeon, get ready for the day (maybe), or even just start getting some work done. But it's all still probably from my insanely ugly, but insanely comfy reading chair in our living room. And I make my breakfast during this time (I'm obsessed with Chocolate Bannana Oatmeal smoothies!)
11 - 2 - Midnight Photography & Design
This is when I finally hit my desk and start client work. I respond to my MPD email and try to keep BSG blog stuff closed. I'm trying to break the habit of constantly multi-tasking since I know that I barely get done what I want when I do.
2-5 - Becoming Sabra Gilbert
This is when I try to get some blog posts written for the week and schedule social media. If I've been in my chair for too long, sometimes I'll switch to the living room floor or my bed.
5-6 - Update Client Homepages & Finish up some emails
At the end of the day, i go back to MPD work to answer some responding emails about what I finished this morning and to make sure to update their homepage with where we are in our design process.
I usually take around a half hour after six to wind down from being on my laptop for so long with coloring a page in my new coloring book that I received for Christmas. After that I'll either leave my laptop closed, or jump back on to do a few lessons of The Blog Detox by Helene in Between or handle some maintenance for MPD or BSG (like my current branding shift). If I'm still in a super creative mood, I'll also put some time into working on a few little projects for MPD that I have up my sleeve!
And I have time to clean the house a little and make dinner. If I remember to make dinner. I often forget. :)
Obviously, this is still a rough sketch of my day. And I do get lunch in there, just usually something quick that I can eat at my desk.