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My Typical Day Balancing Work and Freelancing

January 19, 2015

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Balancing work and freelancing can be hard, but this just goes to show that it can be done!I just read Cat’s 5th typical day post and was inspired to do an update of my own typical day. I’ve talked about my typical day once before, but this was right before I started freelancing online. A few things have changed since then, namely because I’ve taken on a ton more writing and online work. Here’s a quick recap of my typical day pre-freelancing.

6:00am-6:15am: Wake Up, get ready for a walk

6:15am-7:00am: Walk one of my dogs (I rotate them each day)

7:00am-8:00am: Get ready and go to work

8:00am-12:00pm: Work at work, blog during my breaks

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch at home, usually with my dad or brother, check in with my blog, blog reading

1:00pm-5:00pm: Work at work, blog during my breaks

5:00pm-5:15pm: Get ready for Crossfit

5:15pm-6:15pm: Warm up, Workout, Cool down

6:15pm-10:00pm: Shower, Supper, Household chores/yard work/volunteer meeting/home business appointments/blogging

10:00pm-10:30pm: Wind down, get ready for bed

10:30pm-6:00am โ€“ Sleep

Now that I’ve got more on my plate, my days start much, much earlier.

5:15 am-6:40am: Wake up, get ready for Crossfit and workout

6:40-8:00 am: Cool down, shower, and get ready for work. I can’t shower right away because I tend to pass out if I get too hot. So usually, I let my dogs outside when I first get home. Then I shower and fix a quick breakfast for my self, aka grab a greek yogurt and maybe cut an apple. I usually eat my breakfast while I fix my hair and put on my makeup. Then I rush out of my house at about 7:55 to get to work at 8:00.

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Awkward selfie!

8:00am-12:00pm: Work on the accumulating pile of papers on my desk at work and try to ignore my social media, blogs, and email accounts (sometimes unsuccessfully). During our slow times of the year, I sometimes sneak in a little blog work during this time too.

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch at my house. Usually we just have leftovers for lunch, but sometimes I have a crock pot meal ready to go for lunch (if I didn’t workout that morning). I try to use a few minutes of my lunch responding to emails or blog comments. I also let my dogs go outside over my lunch break and they get to run around in the yard for close to an hour, which they love!

1:00pm-5:00pm: Work some more at work. I usually get burned out around 4:00 and take short break to read my fave blogs for about 15-20 minutes. Then I use the last half hour, or so, at work to finish up anything I can and get my desk reasonably cleaned off before the end of the day. Again, if it’s the slow time of year at my FT job, I do get some blog work in during this time too.

5:00pm-10:00pm: When I get home, I immediately let my dogs outside again and I change into pajamas. (Doesn’t everyone do that? My parents always give me a weird look when they see me in my pajamas at 5:30 at night.) I start cooking supper and then eat while working at my computer. I continue to work on writing for my blog and my writing jobs for as long as possible. Sometimes my brain gets fried, at which point I work on some other tasks that don’t take as much brain power, like VA tasks.

10:00pm: This is always my goal for when to go to bed. Now that I get up earlier, I sometimes don’t make it till 10 and end up going to bed a little earlier. I do like to read or watch a little TV, but most nights I end up passing out after about 5 minutes anyway.

Unlike last time, my weekend schedule has become a lot more varied. I usually have a 6 hour shift at my part-time job at some point on Saturday or Sunday. Most Saturday nights are spent with my friends, and I sleep in pretty late on Sunday. I also go to the grocery store and do all my household chores (cleaning, laundry, etc) on the weekends. I try to spend a few hours blogging/freelancing at some point each weekend, but it doesn’t always happen. I also try to take a few hours to just chill at home with my dogs, watching TV and snuggling or playing with them to re-charge before the work week starts all over again.

What’s your typical day like?

Balancing work and freelancing can be hard, but this just goes to show that it can be done!
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Kayla

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

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16 responses to “My Typical Day Balancing Work and Freelancing

    1. I’m trying to be better at getting up early to workout so I can get more things done in the evening that require my full brain power/attention. I can’t do those things in the morning as my brain isn’t ready to function at that early hour.

  1. That’s a busy day! I try to squeeze some blogging/reading/commenting in on my lunch break too ๐Ÿ™‚ I like that you make time for Crossfit too even though I still don’t see how you do it all. I usually go to bed before you and I still can’t get up before 6 a.m. like I want to.

    1. haha, it’s getting easier to get up early the more I do it. I actually planned to sleep in last Friday (and skip my workout), but I was wide awake at my usual time despite not having an alarm set. Dang it!

  2. I love the pajamas after work!! I don’t always do it, but my fiancรฉ does all the time.

    I am so not a morning person, but have to get up early to get a run in before work because there are always other activities and duties in the evenings. It’s definitely interesting to see how others organize their time… I’m always curious how people are able to juggle it all, so thanks for sharing.

    1. Aww, thanks girl! I do have to take time off now and then to have an evening to myself with just some mindless TV watching. So don’t worry I’m not being productive 100% of the time that I’m awake. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I actually change into “inside clothes” which aren’t pajamas…maybe I should change that?! Love the coral and mint btw. I am a night person period end of story. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Glad you love the coral and mint. I used to have other clothes I changed into after work but before pajamas, but then decided I’d have less laundry by just putting on my PJs right after work instead.

  4. It seems like you manage to make pretty good use of your time. No wonder you’re able to do so much! I know I need to start waking up earlier to get some stuff done in the morning before work. Right now I’m trying to squeeze everything in after work and it’s getting overwhelming.

    1. I understand that! That’s why I switched to morning workouts. I can’t think that early in the morning, but I can get my workout on ๐Ÿ™‚

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