When I started reading Kaleigh’s day in the life post, I had to chuckle. There were so many similarities in our work days, even though we specialize in totally different fields.
For one, she’s a midwest gal (the town I grew up in has less than 1,000 people and no stoplights), two, her days are broken up by basically entertaining her dog (work from homers, you know what’s up), and three, we work practically in silence (if I’m writing I CANNOT have music or the tv playing 🙅🏻).
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Day in the Life: Freelancer Writer Kaleigh Moore of KaleighMoore.com
I’ve been working from home as a freelance writer for about four years now, but today is a special day. For THE FIRST TIME EVER, my dog and cat are both sleeping in the office as I work. Two furry co-workers, not fighting, just keeping me company. It’s amazing. #blessed
But let’s get back to business. Most days, I’m researching/writing content for clients or publications, and today is no different. It’s a Monday, so I’ve got my work cut out for me.
7:30 am: Fitbit alarm goes off
I have my Fitbit programmed to buzz on my arm at this time M-F, but TBH I don’t really get out of bed until 7:45-8:15 depending on how well (or not well) I slept the night before. Usually around this time I can hear the impatient click-click-click of my dog Brooks outside my door because HE NEEDS BREAKFAST RIGHT NOW. So I get up.
8:00 am: The news/coffee daze
After both pets have their food/water/bathroom break, I stumble around the kitchen still half-asleep to fix some coffee and a small breakfast (today it’s toast with butter and everything bagel seasoning.) Then I turn on CBS News and get caught up on what’s happening in the world for 10-15 minutes while I eat, wake up, and check email on my phone.
8:15 – 10:00 am: Time to get busy
Now that I’m awake, I go into the office and check out my whiteboard and wall calendar (don’t laugh, it’s pretty!) to see what all I need to do today. I make a fresh list at the end of every day so I don’t forget anything important.
Then I plop down at my desk and start responding to emails first. Usually there’s not a ton of following up to do, because most of the clients I work with are steady/regular in their assignments and workload–so there’s rarely a hectic to-do list or tasks like onboarding that can be time-consuming (yay for that.)
I’m totally distracted by music/TV, so the house is silent for most of the workday–which is both eerie and somber but very much work-conducive for me. I work in 15-20 minute sprints, and then check in on Twitter as it’s basically my virtual office water cooler. Also HUMAN INTERACTION.
10:00 am: Walk time
Around 10:00 each day I take doggie Brooks for a mile to two mile walk, unless it’s too hot out or raining. I live in the Midwest, so it’s right around the 90-degree mark right now and verrrry humid.
BUT, it’s good exercise for both of us and keeps me from getting too stiff from sitting for extended periods. Sometimes I take a podcast to listen to, or sometimes I use this time to think over a piece I’m writing about.
10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Writing time
After our walk, my mind is clear and I can really focus on diving into writing or researching. For about 90 minutes, I’ll work on fleshing out an in-depth blog post, sourcing images, finding examples to reference, and looking at data that I can leverage to make the post a worthwhile read.
Most of the companies I work with are into long-form content right now 1,000+ words, which means I have plenty of room for beefing up the content with examples. Today I’m working on a post about e-commerce trends and getting insights from experts to incorporate into the piece. Love talking with smart people.
12:00 – 12:30 pm: Nosh break
I don’t take a long lunch break because by this time I’m in the zone with work and want to get back to it. Today I’m having a veggie bowl with sweet potato fries, a vegetable patty, and some mixed…you guessed it…vegetables.
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I eat outside on the front porch and watch the squirrel family that lives in the big tree play in our front yard. I’m realizing now that sounds like kind of sad-lonely girl. It’s not guys, I promise. The sun feels good and the squirrels are really cute. I feed them corn. We’re friends.
12:30 – 2:30 pm: More writing
More sprints, more working. I’m super productive now, fueled by carbs and caffeine. Most days I can knock out 650-1250 words just during this sitting. Today I do 850 plus finish some research. Good pace.
2:30 pm: Walk #2 or outdoor playtime
By this time Brooks (the dog) is really bored, so I either take him for another walk or out back to chase tennis balls in the yard. He could do this all day. I cannot.
2:45 – 3:00 pm: Work + wrap up
After we come back in I take care of a few things to start wrapping up the day: Emails, set up podcast guest interviews (for myself, I don’t have a podcast), and hop into some forums to chat. About this time I switch from sitting to standing (thanks convertible desk) since I don’t need intense focus for this type of work.
I usually check out r/freelancewriters on Reddit, Inbound.org, and the Copywriter Club group on Facebook. These are great places to learn, talk to fellow writers, and to keep tabs on what’s happening within my niche. Also more Twitter.
I’ll finally turn on some music so I’m not in dead silence for the whole day. Today it’s “Ambient Chill” on Spotify…and it’s put Brooks the dog to sleep. He is literally snoring.
4:15 pm: Yoga + cleaning
Around 4:15 I roll out the yoga mat and do about 15-20 minutes of stretches. For a while I was following videos, but now I just do my own thing to music. I’m also doing a teensy bit of core strengthening because I spend so much time sitting. (Last winter I got pretty sedentary and was SO STIFF all the time. My back hurt, I was miserable, it sucked. Hence making this a priority.)
After that, I pick up the office/kitchen so I can enjoy a clean house in the evening without feeling like “I should probably do some laundry” or “that garbage can really stinks.” I also make the bed during this time because it feels SO GOOD to get into a made bed at night. I love it so much. Is that weird?
5:00 pm: Dinner prep
My husband Brandon gets home around 5, so unless we’re having ‘za or Mexican food, I start prepping dinner stuff because we like to eat early and are 100 years old.
Tonight we’re having honey-glazed salmon, rice, and fresh veggies, which sounds super healthy (and is) but is really only being eaten because we know tomorrow we’re going to pig out on pizza before seeing The Improvised Shakespeare Company. I think this is what it means to be an adult. We’re watching Friends from College right now on Netflix…so we knock out a few episodes during/after dinner.
6:30 pm: Hammock time
It’s not too hot today and the bugs aren’t too bad, so I take my book out to the hammock and read in the backyard for a bit while Brooks plays (and eats sticks.) I’m finishing reading American Eve by Paula Uruburu.
8:00 pm: Bike riding
It’s really cooled off as the sun has gone down, so Brandon and I hop on our bikes and go for a ride around town. The hot cornfields smell SO GOOD right now. It’s hard to describe, but it’s amazing.
9:00 pm: Wind-down time
About this time we start to wind-down for the evening. I take a shower and then we watch a documentary to zone out a bit and relax. I try not to look at my phone after 9:30 and end up falling asleep around 10:30. Once I head to the bedroom, it’s pitch black and the fan is going for some white noise. It’s like sleeping in a cave. Last year I was having a lot of trouble sleeping, but this routine has really improved things. Now I get at least eight hours per night.
It’s not always glamorous, but it’s nice to be able to set my own schedule every day (and hang out with my pets at home!) I’ve found freelancing to be extremely rewarding and wouldn’t trade it for anything. It pushes me and gives me the flexibility to chill when I need to–which is all I could ever ask for in a career.
Kaleigh Moore is a freelance writer that specializes in blog content for software and eCommerce companies. She also writes for publications like Inc. Magazine and Entrepreneur and mentors freelance writers, too.
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