Have you ever wondered when I find time to write, not being a full-time writer? Have you ever wondered how the madness of writing can be done with school and work and family and everything else? Well, today I’m sharing a day in the life of me.
8:30 – Wake up (usually)
8:30-9:00 – scrolling on insta
9:00-10:00 – morning routine, breakfast, and daily instagram post
10:00-11:30 – go to gym, including travel time to and from
11:30-12:00 – lunch
12:00-4:00 – all things writerly from social media, to marketing, to website design, to writing itself, to organizing beta readers, to schedules and goal-setting and blog posts...
4:00 is when my productivity starts to slack off. I may still be in front of my computer, but not much is getting done, unless I’m really focused on a particular day.
5:00-6:00 – Dinner break and family stuff that comes with it. Clean up and dishes and maybe going out for ice cream
6:00-9:00 – More writerly stuff. Again, closer to the end of this, I will be slacking some. There will be Instagram scrolling and getting lost on Pinterest or YouTube
9:00-9:45 – Watching one episode of a show on Netflix.
10:00 – Read 20 pages or 1 chapter of a book and then sleep
Seems pretty simple, right? But the truth is, my days don’t always go to plan and this is only showing my days off from work. On days where I do work, I pick up on this schedule at whatever point I get home. Some days, the writing stuff doesn’t happen. Some days there’s a lot more staring into space than actual writing. Some days there’s more Netflix. And some days I’m really inspired and skip Netflix entirely.
On certain days, other things are added to my schedule, like posting blogs every other Friday or finalizing and sending newsletters at the beginning of each month, and doing Facebook posts every Friday.
The most important thing to attaining a schedule is making goals and planning things out beforehand. I find I’m much more likely to post on facebook if I already know what I’m posting. Right now, I have facebook posts planned to the end of September. I also plan my Instagram posts a month in advance and have my blog posts written at least a week before they’re due to be posted. The time it takes to plan this stuff out is the time I save in the long run. Posting to social media has felt less like a chore since I started this planning. I highly recommend.
And on that note, I feel like I’m stumbling off topic, so I’m going to bring this post to a close. I hope you enjoyed that sneak peak into my life and my little bit of advice. The next post will feature my top favourite book covers and why I like them.