It’s been six months since I was laid off and began the magical road of self-employment. I am so grateful to everyone in my life who has made this possible — God, my husband, my family, my (very positive) friends.
In the past six months I have….
- Broken five figures (!)
- Met and worked with people all over the United States (all virtually)
- Sent 250+ emails (which actually surprised me — I figured it’d be more! But I sent all of my proposal emails from personal email, so add about 50+ per month for those)
Greesonbach Creative’s Day in the Life
Here’s a look at my daily schedule to pair with the Day In the Life when I first began. My two North Stars are tea time with coconut milk and honey at around 10am and 2pm. Nice, huh? (Yes, that’s a lot of tea, but since I’m Paleo AIP it’s the only treat I really get to look forward to…).
Between 6am-8am Wake Up
I try to get up when JHubbs leaves for work. When I’m feeling good I’m up and to work around 6am. When I’m feeling a little gross I’m up and to work around 8am. I write best in the mornings, so after checking emails I get to work on pieces in various states: a feature article that needs some research, a few marketing blog posts that need an outline, and so on.
Big game changer: showering and doing my hair just because. I’m sure JHubbs appreciates it, but for the longest time I took working from home to mean “laissez le bon temps rouler” when it comes to appearances.
10am Tea Time and Breakfast
I usually fast until tea time, which is around 10am. (Both because I’m on a roll and because I take medicine in the AM that requires I not eat for an hour or so). Then I go back to sorting emails, reviewing the week’s work, and generally staying on top of my to-do list.
Lunch & a Walk
Around noon I break for lunch with an episode of Fraiser, then I take a walk. When I don’t take a walk (from weather or laziness) I amble around the house and look for things to do — dishes, laundry, folding towels. In general, the early afternoon isn’t a great time for me to concentrate or do cerebral work. I also love to doodle and sketch our Comic Sands pieces in the afternoon!
2pm Teatime and JHubbs
Between 2 and 3pm, I have another cup of tea and welcome JHubb’s home . We chat, go through the mail, and set up the game plan for the evening. Sometimes it’s JHubbs excruciatingly annoying homework he’s doing for a recertification class, sometimes it’s talking through our plans for the novel we’re writing, and sometimes we walk through next steps for his music (we’re putting together a tour for this summer!).
We usually grocery shop on the weekends, but if we need something we’ll run the errand in the evening. We also may have a group hangout or Church event to attend, so we run through the schedule after school.
5pm and Beyond: Dinner & Round Two
Most nights I do another round of writing between 5pm and 8pm in between cooking, serving, and eating dinner. It’s nice to get to touch pieces one more time before the next morning so I have a fresh idea of what’s to come the next day — perhaps this is a leftover anxiety thing from my years as a teacher ;-).