I have always been a planner. Since grade school, I've always had a penchant for handwriting my to do lists, schoolwork plans, new goals, holiday menus, etc. It helps me organize my ideas and my life. Do you feel the same? Getting all my thoughts out on paper and not just floating around in my head helps my brain feel less cluttered. I find satisfaction in crossing things off my list (I'm a weirdo, I know.) Now more than ever, I find that writing my to do lists and goals are crucial for my daily workflow.
Working from home has been an adjustment. At times, it's hard to focus but at the end of the day, I am so much more fulfilled than I was at my day job. Writing and sharing are my outlets and being able to do it from the heart day after day is rewarding. (Side note: thanks for reading, friends!) These days, I function on a schedule that's entirely my own, tailored to me. I know this is a total luxury and I'm very fortunate to be able to do this.
Read below for how I stay on track!
My Daily Grind
7:00am- Husband wakes me up and makes me coffee (a true Southern gentleman, he is!) He makes the bed each and every day, too. (I'm the luckiest!) We sip, chat and watch the news for 20-30 minutes.
7:30- I make us breakfast, he packs his lunch for work.
8:00- Husband leaves for work, I usually make a second cup of coffee and get started with my day. This consists of the household tasks (cleaning, laundry, making appointments, phone calls) and checking emails and looking through my calendar. I then sit down and brainstorm or write for my website.
10:00- I have a quick, pre-workout snack (greek yogurt!) and prep for it (getting my yoga mats and weights out, getting dressed, and turning on my space heater.)
10:30- Exercise. I follow the Tracy Anderson Method, which I've been dedicated to since college. This consists of 30 minutes of muscular structure work and 30 minutes of cardio. Using a space heater makes exercising harder- I love the challenge.
11:30- By now, my workout is complete. Sometimes I do more, sometimes less. I hop in the shower. But before I do, I dry brush my body to exfoliate and brush my hair to avoid tangles.
12:00pm- All done with showering, I must moisturize- it's so dry here, especially in the cold months. I get dressed and then check on the laundry or dishwasher. I usually text my husband to see how his day is going. Right around now, I get hungry for lunch...
12:30/1:00- I make lunch, usually a salad. After that, I go back to working on the website. This could be writing some more, editing, setting things up for a shoot, or research.
4:00- Ah the afternoon slump! I make another cup of coffee or tea and power through the rest of the day. When the weather is nice, I like to go outside and play with my dog, pick flowers, or just sit outside and read* (I'm working on this, see below.)
5:30/6:00- Husband usually gets home from work (although it can be later.... much later depending on the time of the month and year!) And we prep for dinner.
6:30/7:00- Eat dinner, clean up, then relax for the evening. We totally watch trashy television (who gon' check me boo?!) and just enjoy each other's company. When it's warm we like to go for evening walks, too.
10:00- Bedtime. I'm a fan of sleep. 9 hours is minimum for me. I wish it were more. Hey, a girl needs her beauty sleep!
*My biggest struggle working from home is letting myself enjoy the small pleasures in life like taking a moment for myself, walking my dog, reading a book, and even grabbing lunch with my Mom when she has a day off. It feels wrong because while working 9-5, I wasn't allowed to do this- to just stop and smell the roses, so why should I allow myself to now?
Before, the grind was all about producing as much product as possible- maximizing my time and efficiency and working like a beast nonstop with tangible, measurable progress. Lately, I beat myself up if I don't feel I'm accomplishing something each and every minute of the day because progress looks different- intangible and difficult to measure.
But this is the beauty of working from home and for myself. I should stop and smell those roses, shouldn't I?! No one said it would be easy. I'm still figuring it out. This is why I love my routine, lists, and planning so much. Consider me a work-in-progress :)
What does your schedule look like? Do you work from home or not? Do you think keeping a routine is good, healthy, or just plain obsessive? Have any tips to share with me? I'd love to hear!