November 14, 2018
“What do your workdays typically look like?”
It’s a question I’ve been asked multiple times over the years, so I figured HECK — I’ll answer it for ya’ll on the blog today!
This is always a hard question to answer because literally every single day looks different for me, but I’ve done my best to give you a good idea of what a typical workday looks like for me and I’m going to try to give some helpful tips for productivity along the way! :)
First, when I wake up, I never check my email from my phone when I’m still in bed. I used to ALWAYS check my email first thing, but in recent years, I’ve stopped doing it and it has been the best decision. I try to start my day peacefully by making my bed, making my coffee, and enjoying my coffee with time with Jesus before I even start my workday, checking email and social media, etc. I’ve found that it really helps my day start off on a non-stressful note. (I’ll fast forward through the showering and teeth brushing, etc… you’re welcome;-)
Next, I try to do my social media posting, liking, and commenting all in one sitting (though, let’s be real, I don’t stick to this every day and often times end up checking more throughout the day… I’m working on it). But I love having a set time to post my day’s content and being intentional about commenting on at least 5 other people’s posts first thing in the morning. You should try it!
After I’ve finished my coffee, I’ll spend anywhere from 30 minutes to sometimes 2 hours responding to emails, depending on how many emails I have. I do like to knock out all of my emails first thing so that I can focus on editing or blogging or whatever else I have going on that day without any distractions. And if you’re wondering how on earth I get through all my emails first thing in the morning every single workday (maybe you’re someone who has an overwhelmingly full inbox for weeks on end)… I made promise to myself a few years ago that I will always respond to my emails in a timely manner (within 24-36 business hours) and only during regular business hours. Because I have that standard for myself and a system (first thing I do every workday) for responding to my emails within 24 hours, I am always up to date on my emails. It’s made my life so much easier! I definitely recommend that you try it if you’re on the inbox struggle bus!
I do check my email periodically throughout the rest of my workday, but I am actually working on cutting that down to just once more in the afternoon.
Once I’m done with emails, it’s normally about 10am give or take. If I don’t have any meetings that day, I’ll either get started on some editing jobs or I’ll work on my blog/newsletter, maybe even do some social media prep.
Because I have alot of editing clients now, I often have a few weddings to edit every week. Depending on how many other projects I might have going on, I like to schedule myself to only edit 1-2 weddings in a workday. But let’s be honest, most days, there are other projects going on, so normally I do 1 wedding in a workday.
If I’m working on the blog/newsletter, that often ends up being a 4 hour to all day project because I like to batch my blog and newsletter writing. I like to write all my blogs for the month and I like to write all my newsletters for the month all in one sitting. Sometimes I have alot of ideas and the words just come, so I can get it done in half a workday. Other times it’s an all day thing. I’ve learned how to give myself grace there :) I like to continue the batch-working and I do my social media prep in advance too! Once every week or two, I’ll spend anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours on that depending on the day.
Most workdays, I try to take at least one decent size break to get some housework done. Laundry, the dishes, tidying the house, etc. Working from home (and cutting back on my workload a little bit) has allowed me a little bit more time to work on projects around the house, and I am so thankful for that time!
I consolidate my errand days into 1 day each week. If I know that during the week I will need to go to the post office, go grocery shopping, run by Office Depot for some office supplies, and I have a coffee date with someone, I will try to consolidate all of those things into 1 day if at all possible. It’s allowed me to be so much more productive throughout the week if I designate 1 specific day for out of the house meetings and errands and keep the other days uninterrupted for editing and blogging, etc.
If I have a consultation, meeting, or photoshoot, I shut down my office work about an hour before I need to leave and I head down to my room to get ready (because I work in yoga pants and a sweatshirt when I’m at home;). Most photoshoots start about 2 hours before sunset, which is often in that 4pm-5pm timeframe. So that means that on photoshoot days my in the office workday ends around 3pm give or take.
I am pretty protective over my personal/post-business hour time (my workday ends at 5pm), so I often upload memory cards when I get home from shoots around 7pm give or take, but I don’t typically look at the photos until the following day, because I want to make sure I am spending time with my family and friends after business hours :) That’s just a commitment I’ve made to myself (and I try really hard to keep) after years of burnout and late nights working while my husband is all alone in the living room. I realized that was no way for us to live.
If I don’t have a shoot or meeting later in the day, I try to wrap up my workday around 5pm OR when I get a call from Will saying he’s on his way home from work. Regardless, like I mentioned above, I am very protective over my post-work hours. Those hours are for my family, so I am going to fight to keep those hours as personal time. I highly recommend that all entrepreneurs who work from home do that too!
So that’s about it! That’s what a typical workday looks like for me! Again, every day is different… some days I might have some albums to photograph and package, or I might have a photoshoot or a coffee date with a colleague or personal friend. Other days I’m working on a big project like a workshop… or I might have a coaching call or consultation with a bride. That’s what I love about working from home and being an entrepreneur — every day looks different and I have control over how I want my days to look. I love it! I’m someone who craves and thrives on change, so this is the perfect situation for me :)
I hope this was interesting and helpful for you! If you have any questions or want me to expound on anything, leave a comment and let me know! :)