My Work Routine
Hi guys! First post on my brand new sparkly blog, whoop, whoop! I already shared my work routine as a freelancer a couple of years ago, but I thought I could share an updated version to see how things have changed (and how some things didn’t change at all!). Let’s goooo…
Between 7.20am & 8am: The alarm goes off at 7.20am and five minutes later, the coffee machine is brewing fresh coffee (we love our programmable machine!). Now, we used to get up straight after the coffee was done, but we’ve gotten a little bit lazy overtime and started to stay in bed just that liiiittle bit longer! I have to say though, I’m way more of an early bird than a night owl, and if I have tight deadlines or a very busy day ahead I usually get up and ready as fast as I can. I’m way more productive and motivated in the morning! I definitely don’t find it difficult, which is the opposite for my husband Jason! I still find that these two hilarious dogs perfectly represent us waking up (I’m the one who’s wide awake, obvs).
Around 9am: I’m at my desk, ready to rock’n’roll after a hot shower and proper breakfast (very important to me). I make a point of not eating my breakfast whilst starting to work as I really like to just be switched on with no distractions. Plus, we absolutely love to watch cartoons (‘Hey Duggee’ being our favourite) whilst having breakfast.
I start with my emails, making sure I’m up to date on all my clients, and I check my to-do list for the week before writing my to-do list for the current day. I use Google Keep to keep track of everything on my phone and I always prepare my to-do lists way in advance so that I know what tasks I have coming up without any stress involved. I then use an agenda for my day to day tasks. I really like to write down what needs doing and crossing it out on paper when it’s done. Very satisfying! After replying to my emails and checking what needs doing that day, I work hard on all the projects that are top priority until lunchtime.
1pm: FOOD! I’m always excited about food so I look forward to my lunch break everyday. I kinda try to have a full 4h of work in the morning so I usually don’t eat until 1pm, but then my belly is making all sorts of noises so it’s no good haha. I try not to eat too much though as I don’t want to feel sleepy afterwards. Even if Jason and I are working in the same room, we don’t talk much whilst working unless we need an opinion or help with our respective work (he’s a freelance designer too!), so lunch break is also a good time for us to discuss everything and nothing. During this time of year I make a massive salad for lunch, but in Autumn/Winter I always do a big batch of homemade soup on Sunday night that lasts us almost the whole week. Yum!
Around 2pm: Back to work! Again, I always decide on which project needs more attention than others before starting and I also try to fit in some time to post on social media as mid-afternoon is always a good time for my Insta followers. I’m a bit more relaxed in the afternoon and don’t mind checking my phone from time to time, scrolling through Twitter and Instagram for example. I also try to post regularly on Insta stories but I never find it easy!
5pm: I’m having an afternoon break, with a cup of coffee or cappuccino and a biscuit or two. I never used to have coffee in the afternoon but I’m enjoying it now that I’ve embraced my freelance life! Also, it’s because it’s nice coffee and I can’t resist :). Sometimes I get away from my computer for at least 30mins and I do whatever I feel like doing (usually reading a book), but there are days when I prefer to watch a vlog from my favourite illustrators/creatives (check out my next blog post for the list of who I follow!). The aim is to have a break from work basically.
5.30pm: Ready to smash that to-do list! This time of day really is different depending on how busy I am. If I’ve done everything I needed to do on that day, then I work on some personal projects or I search for some new work/clients. But if I’m busy and still have things on my to-do list, then I work hard to finalise my designs on time and I send those last emails before the end of the day. Jason is usually still working too by that time of the day so it gives me that motivation to carry on!
Between 7pm & 8pm: I’m done! Very rarely I will carry on working after 8pm. After that time, I shut down my computer and I get on with what I feel like doing before starting to prepare food. Twice a week I try to stop work at 7pm to do a workout to keep healthy, or if it’s nice outside, Jason and I go for a walk along the river down the road from our house. It’s also the best time for Jason and I to keep in touch with both our families and once a week, Jason has a Skype call with his. We also go to the cinema maybe once or twice a month and we always do our food shop on a weekday. Weekends are definitely not made for food shopping! Other than that, I’ll read a book, do some chores in the house or even just crash on the sofa to watch a bit of TV if I can’t be bothered!
Weekends: We never work on weekends and hopefully never will. We feel that working around 8 hours a day for 5 days a week is definitely enough for us. Yes, there are days when we work more like 10 hours but we try to avoid it! Plus, I definitely need the weekend to recharge my batteries, go out and explore, cook some delicious meals and just chill out. I couldn’t function anymore without my weekends off! I still hear so many people on social media saying that we need to ‘hustle’ every minute of the day, every day of the week, but I couldn’t do this. To me, life is not just about work so I guess it depends on people’s priorities :)
Do you guys have a similar day-to-day work life? Or do you have a completely different routine? Let me know what you think of mine, and what kind of routines you have!