Several of my friends have been asking me what my days are like now that I'm self-employed. Except, that's not quite how they put it. They usually ask me how things are now that I no longer have to work. Many are convinced that I'm living a life of luxury and leisure. For anyone who is curious, the following timeline represents a fairly typical day in my life.
2:00 AM - Wake up panicking about a project with an upcoming due date. Get up. Work on project for an hour. Go back to bed.
7:00 AM - Wake up, shower, dress, take care of cats, eat a protein bar, take morning medications that keep me sane enough to write.
8:00 AM - Start work by reviewing schedule and to do list I completed the night before. It looks like I'm on track with everything. I do a brief scan of my email. Nothing important.
9:00 AM - Start work on Project #1, a therapy guide I'm writing for a mental health center. Complete the portion of Project #1 that is due today and email it to client.
10:30 AM - Get a Diet Coke from fridge, even though I know I shouldn't be drinking carbonated beverages. Read and respond to email. Start work on Project #2, a book I'm ghost-writing for a client. Write two chapters and research a third.
12:30 PM - Drink bottle of Glucerna (diabetic weight loss shake) at desk as I start work on Project #3, writing short blog posts to highlight a company's merchandise and services. I'm doing this for five companies.
1:00 PM - Read and respond to emails
1:30 PM - Start research on Project #4, another ghost-written book.
2:30 PM - My brain is about ready to switch itself to "off." I take a short walk, do some housekeeping, and throw a load of laundry in the washing machine.
3:00 PM - Complete phone interviews for Project #5 and Project #6, two articles I've been assigned to write for a trade publication. Transcribe notes and begin outlining projects.
4:00 PM - Return to Project #2, my ghost-writing project. I'm concerned that the deadline is sneeking up on me. Write another chapter and research two more.
5:00 PM - Check job sites for new gigs. Do some marketing using Google ads, Facebook Ads, and social medial. Check and respond to email.
6:00 PM - Work on the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors blog. I volunteer as their editor, and I'm also a moderator on their community forum.
7:00 PM - Eat dinner while brainstorming a new marketing campaign for the holidays.
7:30 PM - At last! Me time! I watch TV, talk on the phone, read a book, play with the cats, or, if absolutely necessary, run errands.
9:00 PM - Double check project list. Set up tentative schedule and to do list for the next day. Final email check.
9:30 PM - Get ready for bed. Eat small, low-calorie snack. Read or watch TV. Or, if it's absolutely necessary, finish up on one of my projects.
11:00 PM - Bed
2:00 AM - Wake up panicking about a project...
It's not quite a life of leisure, is it? But it's also not at all a bad life, because I'm doing something I really love to do. Better yet, I'm supporting myself as a writer when "naysayers" have always told me that doing so was impossible.
And now, off to my next project!
What's a typical day like for you?