If you're as curious as I am, then you love learning about the routines of other entrepreneurs. Melyssa and Sarah recently shared their daily schedules and I found them super inspiring, so I've decided to follow suit.
It's been awhile since I did a post like this; last time, I was pregnant, living with five male roommates, and drinking tea in the morning so I wouldn't throw up. It was pretty much a Judd Apatow movie (minus Seth Rogen's laugh). Needless to say, life has changed since having a baby and starting a business.
Whether you're single or taken, parent or pet mama, I hope this gives you a few ideas for your own work-from-home, self-employed life of luxury (and sweatpants).
6:00am - 9:00am
My first alarm goes at 5:30am. On a good day, I'll wake up at 6:30 and work out or start working. On a normal day, I'll wake up at 7:30. Then I brew my first cup of coffee, say a prayer, and do my daily devotional (I've been using Sarah Young's Jesus Calling for years). I also check my email and clean out my inbox, deleting and unsubscribing as needed. I recommend that you keep notifications turned off for social media and email during the day. My phone is almost always on silent so I can concentrate better.
We have a meeting for the family business, a limo company in the LA area, at 8:00 on weekdays. If it's Friday, I leave for my weekly Mary Kay meeting at 9:00. Our 13-month-old son, Trey, wakes up around 8 or 9. We haven't started using daycare or babysitters yet. My fiancé Brandon and I both work from home (him about 50% of the time, me about 80% of the time). He's an amazing dad.
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9:00am - 12:00pm
You should always get the most important tasks done first. As a business owner, think about what your biggest income-producing activities are and keep them at the top of your to-do list.
My concentration level is always highest in the morning, so I start my day with writing a blog post or newsletter, and then hitting my social media accounts: Periscope, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram. I try not to get sucked into any of them for too long.
I used to not be this way, but I'm extremely intentional about everything I release now: whether it's a photo, tweet, or something else. If you want to make money, you need to make sure that what you put out there makes sense for your brand. When what you do lines up with who you are, it won't feel like you're faking it or putting on a persona. If the purpose of your business doesn't feel natural, keep tweaking until it does!
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12:00pm - 3:00pm
I like to take 2-3 breaks per day at 20-30 minutes each. This month I'm doing something I've never done before and actually keeping track of my hours. Because I love what I do so much (and I'm addicted to the internet), I could easy be on my laptop for 12-15 hours straight. But then I remember that I left my corporate job so I could get away from that. My goal was to work less and live more. If I was going to continue putting in long hours, I could've just stayed where I was. So, I'm limiting myself and creating the 6-hour days I've always wanted.
My first break is around lunchtime. Brandon usually cooks, I usually clean. In the afternoon, I do mindless chores like dishes or laundry so that I can get back to business nice and refreshed. Afterwards, I return to social media, but use it to start conversations and respond to notifications as opposed to scheduling promotional posts (which is what happens during my morning hours). I also like to book Skype meetings and coaching sessions for this time.
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3:00pm - 6:00pm
I 'clock out' at 6pm, so these last few hours are spent tying up loose ends, running errands, making phone calls, and preparing for the next day. I always create my to-do list the night before so that I can wake up and jump right in (our current photo challenge, #30daysoftodos, has also kept me motivated!). Before I leave the office, I make sure to check my email one last time (and respond), and jump into a friend's Twitter chat or add a few posts by my blogging besties to my Hootsuite queue.
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6:00pm - 9:00pm
Unless something crucial pops up for work or I have plans with a friend, I make sure that the last few hours before bed are spent with my family. We eat dinner, watch TV or movies, and generally just relax.
Trey goes to bed at 9:00, and I like to go up at the same time so that I can catch up on my favorite blogs or Periscope channels. I do make sure that I wind down with a book, too; right now I'm reading The Glitter Plan by Juicy Couture founders Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor.
Okay, you caught me -- business books are my fave, and I'm almost always thinking about work even if I'm not working. But seriously, some of my best ideas have cropped up while taking a break (like when you're in the shower and need to jump out to write something down).
And, as for weekends? Lately they've been spent running awesome, free workshops for you, my friend! This Sunday I'm teaming up with Kayla to talk about the importance of community (like our #loudladies). Sign up for the webinar by clicking the yellow button below. Can't wait to see you there!
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