What is your typical day like? I sometimes think people think a blogger’s life is very glamorous and exciting (and maybe mine was a little more glamorous, pre-pandemic in New York – I had so many events and dinners and parties and was always running around, going to meetings and events, etc!). The truth is, my schedule is pretty ordinary. I spend most days at my computer and there is a ton of unglamorous stuff unworthy of sharing (especially right now during tax season). The only thing that is all that different from a “regular” job is that I have a little more control over my schedule. I love being able to structure my day in a way that works best for me. I like putting meetings and harder tasks in the afternoons to have my mornings free, and I love working out mid-day. Otherwise, it’s pretty regular!
The first half of my day is pretty much always the same. I am not a morning person so (if I can avoid it) I will rarely do in person meetings, shoots, or recordings until the afternoon. I really thrive on having this chunk of time (and my food / workout routine too – it sets me up for a healthier day ahead!).
A Day in the Life
Make coffee, feed cat, put on workout clothes, do verrrrry basic skincare (water, moisturizer) do my Wordle. Promote the day’s blog post on Instagram stories.
Community management. Reply to reader emails and blog comments, answer DMs, moderate Facebook group (letting new people in, approving anonymous posts, chatting with readers). I tend to do this throughout the day too but have found I get more done during the rest of the day when I allocate this one hour to replying to as much as I can.
9:30am – 11am
Menial tasks for the day. I try do the low-thought stuff in the mornings. This could be sizing and uploading images, it could be putting finishing touches on my newsletter, it could be accounting stuff, working on a sponsored post draft and sending that off, some proofreading or mayyyybe writing (generally I prefer writing in the afternoon or evening). But also: sending off shopping links to my graphic designer or video footage to my editor.
Work out. I love a mid-day work out and consider this one of the best parts of working for myself. In the morning, I have a nice chunk of time to accomplish things and put out any fires, and then I have the whole afternoon to really settle into work and more creative projects. When I work out in the morning I dread it, when I save it to the end of the day I make excuses… 11am works perfectly for me.
Eat lunch, chat with my boyfriend (his day is just kicking in over on the west coast) shower, full skincare, makeup (if I’m shooting something, otherwise I skip it).
12:45 – 5
My afternoons really vary but this is when I do more creative work. Right now, one of those afternoons is usually a podcasting afternoon and one is a shooting afternoon. Of course I wind up doing other things (podcasting takes about two hours plus prep time, my shoots are 1-2 hours but require a couple hours of prep work (setting up any props, making myself and my home presentable, steaming clothes, ETC). And a few days a week it is recording self-shot video at home (upcoming Instagram story ads and now reels). My favorite afternoons are when I get to sit and write my blog posts and email newsletter. I’m looking forward to having the free day when I am no longer podcasting. I’d like to do more writing.
If I don’t have a family dinner (they’re really cramping my work day lol), I love to use this time to have a light dinner or snack, write and reply to emails. Afterward I’ll either put on a movie or TV or go out with friends.
If I do have family dinner, this is when I come home and finish writing… family dinner starts at 4:30 so there is usually still work to do when I get home.
I really try not to do any work in here. Sometimes that happens, sometimes it doesn’t. If it is a normal week (minimal events, no travel), I am definitely not working… I’m probably out with friends or reading at home. If I have an event during the day or a trip coming up and have to get ahead, I’ll often work til 11 or 12. I don’t mind this, I love my job and I am a night person so tend to feel my most creative then. But I am trying to have better work/life boundaries!
Bed. I am happiest when I have a full hour to read before bed. Doesn’t always happen but when it does, I am so happy.
Tell me about your workday in the comments!
photo by Laura Saur.