Hey there, happy Wednesday!! Wanted to switch things up this week with a fun little ‘Day in the Life’ post now that I am officially booked out with clients and am working 40+ hours a week, which, and I’m not being sarcastic here, I am SO EXCITED ABOUT 🤩
I write a lot about why journaling is super important and why having a routine is super important so I might as well hold myself accountable and give you all a little look at A Day in the Life of a small business owner (that’s me). Also, remember, this is a ROUGH outline of an IDEAL day. While I strive to make everyday look the same, I fall short at least 2x per week, but that means almost all of the time it works every time 😉
6:30 – 9:00am
Alfie is awake and ready to go outside, so I let him out, watch him run some circles around our balcony table. During this time, I go through Slack for client messages, do a quick check for emails and then move any pressing tasks along for the agency I work for as a project manager. When he comes back inside, we go back to sleep (thank god)
I typically fully wake up for my day around 8:30-9am. Unless I have meetings, which if it’s Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday – I do. Those days I am up when Alfie is up the first time at 6:30am. I brush my teeth, wash my face, and then get into my work clothes…I mean loungewear. But proper working loungewear not pajamas – don’t get it twisted and I ALWAYS wear pants
9:30am – 10:00am
I do another quick check-in for about 30 minutes or attend a meeting or respond to messages and then make my iced coffee or matcha (it’s been matcha every day lately, but the occasional iced coffee will come into play). Then I journal and timeblock my day in my journal. I do this after I’ve already checked-in and done a quick overview of work so that I know how to organise my time and focus on the tasks that need more attention. Next week, I’ll be doing an IGTV and post on how to successfully timeblock your day because I. Am. Obsessed. (take a drink every time I mention timeblock, seriously)
10:15am – 11:30am
I do the bulk of my client work in the morning (and at night, you’ll see), because my clients are primarily based in the Pacific Time Zone in America. Since we ‘sprang forward’ an hour and PST is ‘falling back’ an hour, the time difference is not as bad anymore. I send tasks to my agency clients for review, do internal review for my team, and communicate with my amazing and lovely OBM. I also move through client’s Facebook groups as a moderator and increase engagement, respond to comments, and accept members into groups. I keep a constant look at my watch because my time management could honestly be better and I have other things in the afternoon and because I try not to send messages to clients too late.
During this time, I also grab something for brekkie, usually like a muffin I made earlier in the week or banana bread I made earlier in the week or something I made the night before. Like overnight oats or frozen greek yogurt (it’s a thing). I need something I can eat at my desk which I KNOW it’s not great for me, but morning is my crunch time.
12 – 3pm
This might seem like a big gap of time – but you would be surprised.
I now go to the gym in the afternoon, I noticed all my clients don’t typically work past 1/2pm, so I use this time to go to the gym, go grocery shopping, run errands, make lunch, spend time with Blake, take Alfie for a walk, take a nap, etc. This is the longer break I have during the day (beside sleep) which works out well for me since it’s in the middle of my day I can still go do things and not miss anything.
I also actively try to block this time out for myself because I work nights and I don’t get a lot of ‘me time’. Which is FINE, but I need a little bit of turtle time to fully function – you can’t be present in your professional life, if you are not present in your personal life.
4 – 5pm
Back to work. This is typically work that doesn’t need to be approved or sent to anyone, it’s my ‘busy work’ period where I just go through tasks and wrap things up, draft emails, etc. I also start getting hungry and then think about making dinner
5 – 8pm
Depending on when Blake finishes work, I make dinner during this time and we watch Netflix. Right now we love New Girl, but we just finished The Haunting of Bly Manor (also really good). I always make dinner and during a typical weekday, it has to take 30 minutes or less. We feed Alfie and just catch up about our day. I also usually blog or prep food for the blog during this time. This is my second ‘break’ of the day and my favourite ☺️ I also usually take a nap during this time.
8:30 – 11:30pm
Anddddd back to work. Since I have clients on the east coast, this is their morning and I always make sure I am present and ready to work when they need me. Sometimes they don’t need me, but I always work until earliest 11:30pm. This is also when I send out drafted emails from earlier in the day, respond to client messages that have come in and set myself up for the next day in terms of tasks and to-do lists.
This is the hardest push of the day, especially if I’m sleepy and had a long day and didn’t get my nap in during my second space of time. No matter how much I say I’m going to finish my work earlier and then head to bed earlier – it never happens, and that’s okay.
12 – 1:30am
Now it’s time for bed. I used to take discovery calls until about 3am but had to immediately stop because they never went as well when I was tired. Before bed, I always journal and reflect on my day and shut everything down. I don’t get on my phone or respond to messages past 1am and I truly just turn my mind off. It’ll be a longer day tomorrow and whatever I didn’t get done can wait at this point.
Well there you have it! A perfect day in the life. Not all my days look like this, sometimes I have a slow morning, sometimes I blog before work, sometimes I workout at night and push my work back to the afternoon. I schedule in long breaks but don’t normally take them, so sometimes it looks like work ALL DAY.
And don’t get me wrong, I’m NOT complaining. I already knew I was going to be working a weird schedule but that’s exactly what it means to be an international virtual assistant and project manager anyway 😉
I am continually grateful that Blake is so patient with my schedule, he constantly reminds me that I can take a break and I don’t always need to be so hard on myself, but it can be tough!! Today marks my first official MONTH since launching my business and I never thought it would be what it is now. It has just taken off!! Which is amazing and also scary and I just want to keep the momentum going because I truly love what I do and the people I work with and I don’t want things to change anytime soon.
SO thanks for checking-in, another different type of Working Wellness Wednesday post – but, next week will be right on the subject matter. I have a BONUS BLOG coming out on Friday and another repurposed recipe launching on Saturday and I can’t wait to share!!
See ya on the ‘gram.