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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.