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Maybe it’s because I’m nosy but I love day in the life blog posts. I love getting a peek inside someone else’s day to see what they’re up to, who they interact with, and how they spend their time.
I’ve always been fascinated with how people spend their time. Your time is your most valuable asset, and ultimately how you spend your time is what makes up your life.
I first learned of these day in the life blog posts when I read healthy living blogs back in the day. Fun fact: I used to be one of those healthy living bloggers!
Yep, I would take pictures of my food, write up healthy recipes, the whole shebang. It seems like a lifetime ago. I closed down the blog (so I don’t think you can find it anywhere…) but it was fun while it lasted.
My life has changed so much since I stopped that blog but I still love reading day in the life posts.
Once I started my business, I started wondering, what did small business owner do during their days? Was it all perfect and Instagram-worthy?
Or were people having days like mine, where you’d struggle all day just to get one project done?
So, I started searching around online for day in the life blog posts.
After finding a few, I realized that there weren’t too many out there, especially from solopreneur business owners. Then I realized, “wait, I’ve never written one of these!”
“They” say you should always write what you like to read, and I like to read day in the life posts so why not!
Of course I want to share what a day looks like in my life, but I want more people to share what’s it’s like in their day. The good, bad, and ugly. I want to get more people involved.
In my path of being open and honest about the ups and down of being a solopreneur business owner, I thought it would be interesting to feature other solopreneurs and what a day in the life looks like for them.
People that do this full time.
People that have a side hustle.
People that keep a part time job.
People that work in industries outside of my own.
Because what we do in our day to day lives is what adds up to something wonderful.
It’s the day to day tasks that make up our 24 hours each and every day that creates change in our lives and in our businesses.
I want to show the good days, the not so good days, and the days we’ll never forget. They all matter. Not every day is productive. Not every day is perfect. But it all adds up to make up our lives.
So with all of that being said, I’m starting a new series on the blog called, Day In The Life. This will feature other solopreneurs, side hustlers, and business owners in a variety of different industries and what it’s like to live a day in their shoes.
If you’re interested in being considered, please view the guidelines before submitting.
Now, without further adieu, here’s a day in my life!
Day In The Life Of A Solopreneur Business Owner
Date: November 29, 2016
6:45am – Wake up
I have a range of time that I wake up. Sometimes it’s 5:30. More recently it’s between 6:30-7. I try to just go with the flow because sometimes my body needs more rest, as well as it also depends what time I go to bed. Walked Murphy- listened to
7:15am – Walk the dog
After brushing my teeth and getting into walkable clothes, I take our dog Murphy outside for a walk. Almost 98% of the time I walk him in the morning, unless if it’s raining or really cold (which rarely happens here in Dallas). I like having this time in the morning to move a little and to get some fresh air. And of course, he loves it!
I almost always listen to podcasts during our walk. I’ve told you about my obsession and I just can’t seem to stop. Sometimes I listen to business ones, other times it’s more fun or story telling. Just depends on what mood I’m in!
I usually walk him for 30 minutes and then I’m back home to start the day.
7:45am – Get ready
I’ll be honest, some days I don’t really “get ready.” Or getting ready entails me putting on yoga pants and pulling my hair up into a bun. On this particular day, I had a in-person meeting so I decided to put on some make up and actual real clothes.
I’ve also been curling my hair as of recently. We’ll see how long this lasts 🙂
Not so sure about this curled hair thing. I have such thick hair so it gets a little overwhelming!
8:20am – Emails
I know many people say to not start your day with emails, and while sometimes that happens, most times it doesn’t. Some days, my email inbox dictates my day. Just the nature of my business!
I respond back to a few, filter one I don’t need to respond to, and open up my Asana account. This is where I keep ALL of my projects and to-dos.
8:40am – Client work
I light up my candle and start work for the day! My days can really vary. Sometimes that annoys me, sometimes it’s awesome. I try to keep normal business hours, but sometimes I don’t start working until later in the day, and sometimes I start early in the morning. Variety keeps it spicy!
On this particular day, I was doing some ghost-writing for a client. I have several clients where I ghost-write their blog posts. It’s fun because sometimes I get to learn about topics that I don’t initially know a lot about.
I send it off by 9:45 and then send out a proposal for Instagram management. Even though I’ve been doing this a year, proposals are still scary for me. Not sure if that feeling will ever go away!
10am – Breakfast
Whoa! This day got away from me because I don’t normally wait until 10 to eat. But hey, there is no typical day! I make some oatmeal with a sliver of pumpkin pie (because uh, duh we had some leftover) and a little honey. I’m a creature of habit with breakfast and will typically have one of three things: oatmeal, eggs, or a smoothie. I went two years having as smoothie every weekday morning. Don’t know if I should proud of that or disgusted.
I also always have my trusty water bottle next to me. I try to drink a ton of water each day. This day I was using my Bubba water bottle but I normally use my Hydroflask because I. am. obsesed.
I take a little break to read some articles, some business related, some not. Of course I use Feedly to read all of the websites I keep up with.
I made a note that my stomach kept growling. On this day, my husband was also working from home and he heard it from the other room. 😳
10:20am – Back to work!
I finish up my blog post for the day, which was this post. I write all of my blog posts first in a Google document and then transfer it over to WordPress. I have some sort of mental block while writing in WordPress so to combat that I write in blank document first.
I also create an image to be pinned, check the SEO, schedule an Instagram post in Buffer.
11:15am – Publish post
I publish the post and then immediately create five distinct tweets in my tweet excel sheet. This helps me cut down on time I use to schedule tweets while not paying for an extensive program. It works for me right now!
At the same time my husband tells me about the AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit that Leah Remini was doing on Scientology. I read her book and watched the Going Clear documentary. Strange stuff. He ends up being baffled by me because I asked “what’s a Reddit AMA?”
He was like, what?! How do you not know? You’re the online business person!
Ha. Apparently I’m behind the times. He also had to tell me what the mannequin challenge was.
11:30am – Package arrival
Yay, a package! It’s from Amazon and it’s a long, plaid tunic shirt I had ordered. Well, it was supposed to be long.
Apparently I didn’t look at the sizing correctly and I ordered an L, in Chinese. Which is a XS. Hahahah. Yeah I’m not an XS. My bad!
11:45am – Schedule more social media
I sit back down at my computer to schedule out more tweets on Buffer. I now use the $10/month plan and it’s perfect for me. I schedule it all through my Feedly, so I don’t have to visit a million sites.Ever wonder what a typical day is like in a #solopreneur's life? Check out @BrittneyLLynn's day in the life post! Click To Tweet
12:15pm – Lunch
I start making lunch. Lunch is usually leftovers, but today we didn’t have any so I made a wrap and vegetables. Random, I know.
I also tend to clean up a little around the apartment: dishes, laundry, picking up things.
While I eat lunch I take a look at my Google Analytics and post in a Facebook group I’m in for a course I took.
Sometimes I take time away from my computer to go sit outside, read a book, or watch a short tv show. Other days I work at my computer. Today I worked at my computer because I had a meeting later in the day
1:05pm – Back to work
Back to work it is! I write up another contract for a client. I have a template that I use so it doesn’t take me too long.
1:20pm – Coffee shop
I head downstairs to a coffee shop to meet up with a girl that I’ve been working with for a little over 7 months! She’s in town and this is the first time we’re meeting. It was so great seeing her in person.
2:45pm – Walk back
I walk back to our apartment after we’re done. In-person meetings can really have a positive effect on your day. I can easily hole up in my office and not talk to people for 5 days (true story) but it’s so good for my mental health to get out every once in a while.
I come back and talk about life, business and other things with my husband. He’s my best co-worker 🙂
3:30pm – Research
I start doing research for a digital product I’m creating for you guys and I can’t wait to share more details soon! Hoping for the beginning of the year launch.
5:00pm – Phone call
I call my dad so we can catch up on The Walking Dead. We’re both big fans (those this season has felt a little slow, anyone else?) and we always talk about it the day or two after it airs on Sundays. Ryan took Murphy out. I usually take him for an afternoon walk, but sometimes Ryan will run with him.
5:20pm – Card writing
I send some of my clients some snail mail. I really want to try and be better about connecting on a personal level with my clients in the next year. I’m horrible with mail and crafting cute packages, but I’m going to make an effort!
I also fold some laundry and talk to Ryan more about this product I’m going to be selling. Bless him for always listening to my ideas.
6:00pm – Christmas decorating
I start getting out all of our Christmas decorations and organizing what will go where while Ryan makes dinner. I typically make dinner, only because I really do love cooking and it relaxes me at the end of the day. He said he wanted to take over for dinner today though and who am I to stop him?
He made a Chicken Lime Coconut Soup and to be honest it wasn’t that good. (Ryan actually hated it more than I did, so I’m not being picky or anything!)
It actually ended up being worse as a leftover. We laughed so hard because we were just like, how does it keep getting worse and worse?! Anyways, I won’t link to the recipe we used 🙂
7:30pm – Clean up / cozy clothes time
I cleaned up the dishes while he showered and then I changed into my jammies and read on the iPad for a bit. I do prefer to read actual books but dang, the iPad makes it so easy to get digital books! I use my library account to rent books for free. It’s awesome!
8:05pm – Relaxing + GOT
We typically end our day watching a tv show and just hanging out. We don’t typically go out often during the week, as we just like to end our days being relaxed and together at home. But, it is nice that a couple of our closest friends live in the same building we do, so we can always go hang with them if we’re wanting some interaction during the week.
We’ve been making our way through Game of Thrones (yeah, I know, so late to the game) and while it took me a little longer to get into it I’m excited to continue watching!
I also almost always end my day with a hot tea, at least during the winter. I love this Raspberry Ginger tea, as well as the Kava tea that helps with stress relief.
10:00pm – Bed time
I like to get into bed around 10. That’s really an average time, sometimes it’s 9 (grandma alert) sometimes it’s closer to 11. I don’t typically go straight to sleep but this night I did.
I’m a sleep diva and wear an eye mask to go to bed. I know, I would totally judge me too. But I love sleeping in complete darkness!
So as you can see, I didn’t work an extreme amount this day. Some days are a lot heavier, with me working until 7pm. Other days I get up earlier and stop working around 3. It just depends on what I have going on.
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