What’s your work day look like? I have a “day job” (laid off July 2011) and my freelance work. I am supposed to work a regular schedule for my day job and somehow fit my knitting and writing in, but it just doesn’t work that way for me. I can’t follow a time clock and be productive without feeling stressed out all the time. Instead, I follow my energy. I quit my last 9-5 cubicle job over a decade a go. For the first few years, I tried to shoehorn my at-home work into the same schedule. But it never worked for me, and I was always frustrated. Since I’ve started going to Europe regularly, my alter ego EuroDonna has helped me find peace with not living by the clock. And guess what, I’ve fallen into a regular schedule. Isn’t that odd? Once I stopped trying to force myself to have a regular schedule, I discovered my natural schedule and it’s not a struggle any more.
Here’s an overview of my day:
I look at email (don’t reply), twitter, and facebook on my iPhone before I get out of bed. I don’t really get much else done in the morning most of the time. My brain is just like jello before lunch these days. I wake up somewhere between 7 and 8, depending on what time I went to bed and whether or not I was up with an episode of insomnia. I don’t set an alarm unless I am teaching in the morning.
Mid-morning I walk to the coffee shop. I bring work with me. Sometimes it’s knitting, sometimes writing or editing, sometimes attending to tasks from my day job. I choose whatever is drawing my attention that day and whatever I can handle with my morning energy level.
After lunch I have meetings, answer email, go through daily business tasks, blog, and so forth.
In the evenings I work on writing and editing.
Now I’m starting to swim again, so I’ll use my lunch break (probably at about 11, after I get back from my walk) to go to the pool for a swim. And we may swap our daily coffee shop walk out for a boat outing in the mornings during summer. Wouldn’t it be great to have your morning coffee out on the water?
On weekends I am off, or I teach. If I teach, I try to take Monday off because I usually have a physical collapse if I don’t get one full day off a week. Two is better, but a luxury.
So, for those who are curious, that’s a day in the life of this writer or, perhaps better described as, a plan from which to deviate.