Horribly unflattering photo of yours truly working on the Fall WeddingLovely Lookbook!
If you’re a small business owner, you know the work day isn’t just Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. I’ve gotten into a good routine lately with my schedule, but it’s a little odd, and I thought it would be fun to share it with you so you get an insight into how I spend my day! Also: this generally applies to six days per week, with one day which’ll be lazier than the rest or I have some event going on.
Mornings are generally dedicated to this blog, emails, and support requests for the WeddingLovely vendor directories and our online planning checklist and wedding website creator on WeddingLovely.com.
8am – 10am: I usually wake up around 8am, mostly due to the fact that my boyfriend/partner (whom I live with, and I hate the term “boyfriend”) used to have a full-time job and would get up around then too. Generally first on my list is stumbling downstairs to make coffee (addicted!) Then, if I wasn’t smart and didn’t do it the night before, I immediately jump into the blog posts for the day. If I haven’t done the blog posts, then I jump into my emails. At some point during this time if I get a break, I’ll make my usual breakfast of fried eggs in coconut oil, turkey bacon, and salad/veggies.
10am – 12pm: At this point, I’ve hopefully finished up the blog posts + social media promotion for the day (often times I’m not), and I jump into emails. I get a lot of email, but manage it through a bunch of techniques (which I’ve written up here.) Generally, the emails I get can be broken down into: Blog features (interviews with vendors, real weddings, etc. – as well as content writers sending articles in for guest posts), blog advertising requests (a lot of requests, not a lot of people accepting our rates :P), support requests (generally for WeddingLovely.com), potential partnerships and advice-needed from other wedding startups, and miscellaneous others. It’s very important to me to always respond to 99.9% of the emails I get and respond promptly. The 0.1% I don’t respond to are emails that are very obvious that it wasn’t actually written by a real human (SEO firms, content writers, etc).
Honestly the lazier part of the day, where I’m usually very distracted and do a lot of random things. Also when I run errands or household tasks as well.
12pm – 12:30pm: At this point I’ll grab lunch and watch a quick TV show (Battlestar Galactica is one I’m rewatching at this point), or catch up on my blogs. I subscribe to a ton of design, cooking, fashion, and entrepreneurship blogs in Google Reader, but don’t get to go through it very often.
12:30pm – 1:30pm: If I’m not lazy (a bad habit lately), this is when I’ll take an exercise break. I run, bike, hike, and recently started indoor rock climbing as well.
1:30pm – 6pm: The remainder of my afternoon is usually doing a multitude of tasks:
- Freelance work: I’ve started doing a few projects on the side to get a bit more padding on my (tiny and sad) bank account.
- Development work: Working on new features or bug-fixing for WeddingLovely.com or the WeddingLovely directories (which has something awesome coming soon!)
- Emails emails emails emails emails: Self-explanatory.
In exchange for a lazier afternoon, I generally have a lot more productive evening, which is sometimes a bit annoying to my partner who’d rather I’d relax with him.
6pm – 7pm: Dinner with my partner, usually at home and usually home-cooked by yours-truly — cooking is one of my favorite hobbies. We’ll watch a show around this time too around dinner; we just finished Sherlock and have started watching House of Cards.
7pm – 11pm: The most productive time for development work and programming. Like mentioned above, there is a big update coming to the WeddingLovely directories and I’ve been working evenings like mad for it. If I don’t have pressing development work, I’ll also set up and schedule the blog posts for the next day.
11pm – 12pm: Bed-time preparation, sleeping usually 11:30p – midnight.
Not that bad of a schedule, right?
If I’m super productive all day long, that could mean a 12.5 hour day. But like I mentioned, the afternoon is generally less focused than the rest of the day, and there are definitely deviations from this schedule when I’m going to events, going out for meals, etc. The biggest point that it’s work that I enjoy, so it doesn’t really feel like work.
What does your day look like? I’d love to know! Let me know below.