I know I’ve mentioned before that I still work basically full-time. 30-40 hours a week. Yep, and I do some freelance writing as well. I know, I know. I’m crazy. Obviously, I love what I do, though. When you start blogging, you work for months or even years for free or basically free. I mean, I’m just getting to the point now (6 months into treating my blog like a business) where I’m consistently making at least a few hundred dollars each month. More about how I’m doing that later, though.
Today, I wanted to give you an idea of what my days look like working the equivalent of one full-time job and two part-time jobs. Yep, I’m A full-time working + blogging mama. Not just one or the other. It’s gets kind of um… interesting, to say the least. We won’t even get into how times I’ve passed out with the laptop on me. Lol…
Basically my work schedule goes one of two ways. There are usually 2-3 days a week that I work 8 AM-6 PM and then the remaining days I work 1 PM-6 PM. Here’s how that breaks down on a day to day basis.
8 AM-6 PM Days
On our early days, I try to get up and at least check email, Facebook, and Pinterest. The majority of my traffic comes from Facebook and Pinterest, so… I’m no where near a morning person. Never have been and probably never will be, so the majority of my work is done at night and on the weekends. I wake up the little guy, get us together (together is relative at that hour of the day), and out the door we go. We are literally gone all day and of course I have no internet access at work.
When we get home, we eat. The little guy usually hangs out with me in the studio while I check email, Facebook, and Pinterest. I also check Google Analytics and both of my ad networks. I like to know where I stand. After that, I spend time with the little guy.
He usually goes to bed between 8 PM and 9 PM, sometimes earlier and sometimes later. He seems to think that sleep is highly over-rated at this point, which isn’t surprising considering I’m a night person too.
After that, it’s time to get as much done as I possibly can before I have to go to bed too. That means writing posts, editing pictures, creating graphics, scheduling social media, etc. I also spend some time linking up recent posts. And then I do my best to spend a half hour to an hour doing freelance work.
1 PM-6 PM Days
Our late days are a lot more laid-back. When I get up, I check email, Facebook, and Pinterest. I schedule Facebook and share a few posts. I try to take pictures for posts too. The natural light in the studio is awesome, but it means taking the majority of my pictures during the day, at least as much as possible.
We get ourselves ready, and of course go to work.
When we get home, the routine is basically the same as it is on our early days. Eat. Check social media and stats. Hang out with the little guy. After he goes to bed, I write. I also have one email newsletter that goes out weekly and one that goes out monthly, so I generally work on those too. These are usually the nights that I stay up until 2-3 AM. At any given time, I’m usually working on at least one, if not two, classes or challenges. Right now, it’s SKYROCKET by Kelli Miller and Crystal Van Tassel-Lopez. It’s definitely amazing. It’s an ebook full of challenges that show you how to use Google Analytics to Skyrocket your page views. Needless to say, when I implement their strategies at peak times, I see an immediate increase in my real time traffic. You can check it out here.
On The Weekends
This is when I usually do the majority of my blogging work. Most of my posts fall on or around the weekend. At the moment, my editorial calendar looks something like this:
That means that while he’s taking his 2-3 hour nap, I’m doing all of the projects for that week’s posts. On Saturday, it’s usually something organizing-related or a DIY project for my Studio Sunday post. On Sunday, it’s usually whatever page or project I plan to share in my Make A Mess Monday post. We do our “Tot School” activities whenever we get a chance throughout the weekend. Usually, that’s on Saturday, but it really just depends and it does fluctuate some depending on what else we have going on.
If I need supplies for whatever projects I have planned or for our “Tot School” activities, we almost always go to Michael’s on Saturday morning as soon as we get up. I like to get all of our running around out of the way as early as possible.
So how exactly do I manage to pull this off and still stay organized and sane in the process? Lists. Lists are your friend, y’all! Here’s what I keep track of…
To-Do List – This is of course an ongoing list of everything that needs to get done. Here’s the thing, though. It doesn’t include anything that’s on either my editorial calendar or my weekly checklist. This particular list is limited to maintenance-type tasks. Update photos in older posts. Redo graphics. Check that all posts have a green light in Yoast. That type of stuff…
Editorial Calendar – My editorial calendar is exactly that. It’s a monthly calendar with post titles and categories. This is basically just an overview of my monthly post planning.
Weekly Checklist – This is a weekly checklist of tasks, which includes everything from which posts should be written to social media shares to what link parties I want to participate in each week.
Of course each of these lists have their own purpose. My editorial calendar and weekly checklist are each on a clipboard in front of me and my to-do list is in a notebook that’s right beside me.
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