I love my freelancing jobs. It gives me creative flexibility and allows me to make my own schedule. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not hard work. Especially when I was staying off, freelancing seemed like a world that I could never be a part of. It turns out that there are others that feel the same way. I don’t normally share the every aspects of my life, because, well, I’m no pro. In honor of blogmas, I figured I’d get a little more personal by sharing my daily freelancing schedule.
I’ve been using my social media pages to document my days and some of my personal struggles lately. A lot of people reached out to me asking how I deal with working from home and what my schedule looks like. The most important thing in a WFH lifestyle is a schedule. It’s not about planning every bit of your life out. But if you want to make it a full-time job, you need to put full-time work into it.
Here’s a little look into my day and an introduction into another piece of my life. I love what I do, but I’ve kept my blogging and working life separate up until not. If you’d like to see more, just let me know! And, as always, please reach out if you want any advice or just need to talk. WFH life, especially freelancing, can be a struggle sometimes, so it’s nice to connect with other people doing the same.
Wake up, think about hitting snooze, and decide not to. The first thing I do in the morning is wash my face and then I head to the kitchen for some coffee.
By this time I’m headed upstairs to my office. I turn on the computer, make sure the blog is running smoothly, and respond to comments from the day before. After that, I start getting all my scheduled social media posts scheduled for the day.
It’s time to turn on the news. I catch up on fashion and beauty news for the day and start responding to emails.
9am to 3pm
I write for Bustle, so the shift keeps the middle of my day busy.
3pm to 5pm
The work doesn’t stop with Bustle. After I log off, I work on my other freelance stories and blog posts to round-out the work day.
I make sure to shut down my brain and my screens for at least an hour every day. Normally, this means making dinner, but sometimes it’s going for a walk or resting.
Dinner and playing catch-up with the family. I love to keep my screens shut down while I cook. It helps me focus on how healthy my meal is and gives me time to recharge a little bit more.
7pm to 9pm
By this time, I’m normally working on more blog content and answering comments. If not, I’m out doing thrifting, running errands, or seeing my boyfriend.
I make it a point to be in bed by this time. I’m either cuddled up with a good book or watching a show on Netflix before bed.
Sleep has always been really important to me. While some people think that you should stay up late working on your dreams, I think your time is better spent recharging. Don’t get my wrong, some nights I’m working on writing until 11:30 or spending a night out with my friends. But overall, I make sure to always get at least seven hours every single night.
I am by no meaning saying that you have to work a nine to five every single day or follow any of my tips for that matter. You do have to put in quality work time, if you want it to pay off though. At the beginning of my job search, this just meant spending quality time researching where I wanted to write, why, and reaching out to people in the industry.
This is the first type of work-from-home-ish posts I’ve done on here. Let me know if it’s something you’d like to see more of. I have a lot of other tips that I didn’t include, because I didn’t want this to be too lengthy. I’d love to share more with you though!