Whenever I teach a class at Piedmont Virginia Community College, someone invariably asks, “How do you do so much?” I shrug and smile, because while I may do a lot, I don’t feel I’m necessarily very organized at it. The great and challenging part to how I work is that it’s different every day. It’s great because there are always new things going on, so I don’t get bored. But it’s a challenge to keep everything straight, which is made harder because I’m organizationally challenged.
While many online gurus suggest they work an hour a day tweaking a website, the reality is that hours and hours go into their business (they just pay people to do the rest). I do use virtual support on occasion, but for the most part I do all my work myself. I thought I would share with you an idea of what goes on behind the scenes, so you can get a sense of what working at home is really like.
Before I get into my schedule, let me share a little bit of the “jobs” I’m doing these days. Currently, I’m managing 4 blogs (Work-At-Home Success, Digital Writer Success, Leslie Truex and a blog under my pen name). I freelance write, cranking out six to eight articles a week. I still do a little contract social work, and have two families I’m home studying. I’m working on a new print book on digital publishing. And I’m working on a new fiction that I publish through my pen name. Along with all the content creation for these sites and books, I also have to market them.
Again, on any given day, my schedule may a little different from below. Sometimes I might choose to sleep in. On Friday’s I like to take it easy and maybe work only a half-day. I usually spend the other half reading business or writing related stuff at a java joint. But it can give you a sense of what tasks need to be done while working at home.
7:45 am – roll out of bed to see the kids off to school (since the new high school was built, the kids leave for school a little later, which means I get to sleep in longer!)
8:00 am – get a cup of coffee and get to my desk where I:
- Check personal email
- Check Facebook
- Check overnight sales
- Post Jobs at Work-At-Home Success
- Post article at Work-At-Home Success
- Post article at one of my other blogs (they don’t get every day posting like WAHS)
- Write article for client
10:00 am – Exercise
11:15 am – I get another cup of coffee and return to my desk to:
- Check email
- Check Facebook and other social networks
- Write article for client
- Work on marketing for one or all my projects – Social media, articles, PR, etc
- Work on non-fiction book or new info-product. Right now I’m working on a book about digital publishing.
- Depending on the day, I’ll do an interview for the podcast
1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – I usually have less energy after lunch, so I try to avoid work that requires too much mental energy. During this time, I do website maintenance, edit audio, research etc. Sometimes I take care of errands and non-work related tasks.
4:00 to 5:00 – Kids get home. Check in with the kids and hang out.
5:30 to 7:00 – Fix and eat dinner with the family.
8:00 pm – Work on books. Sometimes I don’t work at all though. In that case, I might watch TV or read.
10:00 pm – Do final check of email, social media and sales for the day.
I try to be in bed by 11 pm, but often I don’t make it until 11:30 or midnight.
The times I’ve given here aren’t set in stone. Some days I don’t get to lunch until 2 pm. Other days I may not exercise. Yesterday I was out at 2 pm visiting with a family I’m home studying. But my work goals each day are to get content up and market my blogs and books, engage with people through social networking, and write.
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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