The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Angie at Echoes of Laughter.
Before we get started on this topic, let me be clear in saying first that I am not an expert on this, nor do I profess to have the answers. I am just a work-at-home blogger trying to figure how to work at home while balancing home responsibilities, just like any other work-at-home person. And some days go just tickety-boo, while other days are total disasters and I feel like I have failed miserably at managing both, but there is always tomorrow!
How One Blogger Organizes Her Time:
For most of 2013, I have treated blogging as my full-time job, and as such, I have committed to about 5-7 hours a day of blogging activity Monday to Friday. Plus more time in the evenings and on weekends as needed. While I do love what I do and it is my passion, it helps to have some structure to the days and then time off completely away from my computer.
So here is a little picture of my days as a full-time blogger:
7:00 am. Wake up and throw on some sweat clothes. Brush teeth. Get the kids up and pack lunches. Drive kids to school, leaving at about 7:45 pm.
8:30 am. Arrive home from driving kids to school. The first thing I do is eat BREAKFAST or the morning will get away from me. I usually have 2 scrambled eggs, an English muffin with jam, half a grape-fruit or a bowl of oatmeal. I don’t clean up the kitchen at this time because that will be a time-eater and I won’t get work done because I can easily foo-foo time in the kitchen for hours. To keep things real, here is a picture I snapped this morning just as I finished breakfast. The kitchen is messy but I will get to it later.
9:00 am. Before I sit down with my laptop, I usually throw in a load of wash. That keeps the laundry from getting behind and it’s a chore that works while I work. I also usually put on a real outfit like jeans, a top, necklace and earrings.
9 am-12pm- This is the time when I answer emails and work on writing or editing photos and posts. Sometimes I make great progress getting through all the emails and sometimes I don’t. I try to work on a post for the next day, but often it gets published on the same day it’s written. I try to work ahead but sometimes it just doesn’t happen.
12 pm. I technically don’t take a lunch break, but I will grab something quick if I am hungry.
12-2:30 pm. This is the time where the magic of blog projects happen. Often this is the time where I will make a recipe, work on a craft or photograph a project for a post because the natural light is nice and bright at this time.
Here are some examples of projects that have been created in the afternoon:
2:30 pm. At this time, I leave the house to go pick up my son from school and I might do a quick errand if needed.
3:30 pm. Arriving back from picking up my son, now I try to get in a quick household chore like cleaning a bathroom or vacuuming, get dinner going and clean up the messy kitchen while I catch up with both of my children about their day.
5:30 pm. Family dinner. Or some people eat and some got to hockey or work. And then I clean up the kitchen completely for the evening.
6:30 pm. I usually have a child that must be picked up from somewhere or something. And I always dump clean laundry on my bed to fold while I watch some TV.
8-10 pm. Often I will go back to finishing a post and editing photos, while also linking to parties held by other bloggers. I do this in the living room while also watching TV with my husband and kids or chatting with them.
10:30 pm or later. I go to sleep with a plan for the important things that must be tackled in the morning.
And that’s it. And as you know, sometimes a sick child or a grocery-shopping trip will throw this all out the window. But that’s part of the roller-coaster of life, isn’t it?
So, if you are a full-time or part-time blogger, how do you plan your day? Do you have a structure or do you prefer things more loosy-goosy? I am so fascinated to hear how other bloggers organize their time…I just love hearing how about people get it all done, so please share!
See you in 2 weeks!
Angie’s blog, Echoes of Laughter, is all about filling your home with love and laughter. She loves creative projects, organizing & decorating, cooking, baking, and all things domestic. Angie lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband and two great kids.