My day job as a freelance writer means I have the luxury of working from home, which is something I’m extremely grateful for. Now I should mention that when I say freelance writer, I don’t mean full-time blogger. I currently write web copy for businesses and articles or blogs for online magazines.
Side note – if you want to know more about getting into freelance writing, have a look at my other blog Diary of a Freelancer. I have a free email course over there on transitioning from blogger to paid writer and if you’re considering this career, it has some really actionable and helpful tips for you to implement,
When people discover that I work from home, a lot want to know about my daily routine and how I get shit done, so today I thought I’d share what really goes on when you’re a freelancer.
I’ll be the first to admit that I love a lie-in. I’m not a morning person and I’m much more creative in the evening so I generally wont wake up too early, unless I have a short deadline or my schedule is pretty full.
Its easy to assume that if you work at home, you can just sit in your PJ’s all day, but for me, I like to have a little routine so I always get dressed and put on my makeup as if I’m going out to work. I’ll have breakfast once I’m downstairs and then I get straight to work by checking my emails.
To organise my workload, I always have notebook with a list of my current projects and I prioritise them so I know what exactly needs to be done and when.
I love to use asana and google docs for organising/storing my workload online but I like to keep ‘manual’ records for tax return purposes as well as writing down notes when I’m on the go.
Despite liking routine, I never have a set schedule for lunch or whatever. I’ve tried it and it totally didn’t work for me. Every day is different in terms of what I need to get done so I’ll take a lunch break whenever I feel hungry. Most of the time, I have a working lunch so I can take a break in the afternoon.
I love to take a walk in the afternoon/early evening to get some fresh air. I’m currently searching for a nice coffee shop to work from (if you know any in the Manchester area, lemme know!) as I’m feeling a bit disconnected with the world at the moment and could do with a change of scenery.
If I have any errands, I normally do them in the afternoon or I’ll have a catch up with my sister to see my niece and nephew. As I usually work in the evening, its nice to have a break to feel refreshed.
I currently work in the evenings as I normally have 4-5 projects on the go at one time. But, as I’m starting to focus on my blogs again, I also spend time planning posts and prepping. I’m currently planning a makeover for Diary of a Freelancer as well as planning articles and free resources.
In January, I start my masters degree which means lie-ins will be a thing of the past and I’ll be slotting in my degree work during the evening.
This is my general day-to-day routine but I’m presently having driving lessons, trying to furnish/style a flat and plan a side hustle (more on this soon) – I am basically Beyonce!
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