If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed I’ve started to talk more about work lately. Earlier this year, there was some bizarre drama where I was called fake for giving my opinion on Instagram pods. I thought it was quite silly because you know my clients and the money I’m earning sure aren’t make believe. I’ll admit, it did put me off for a little while. But I’ve been working freelance for nine months and you know what? I’m proud of myself for sticking with it. I’ve made a career that really works for me and I want to talk about it.
In addition to that, you guys do geniunely seem interested! A lot of people ask me questions, so I’ve been thinking a lot about what kind of content I can bring right now. Earlier this month, I wrote a guide to going freelance (part one & part two) and that seemed to go down well. So, today I thought I’d share what a week in the life of me is like.
Mondays are always super busy for me, I think they are for most people. Most days start with me eating breakfast at my desk and checking emails. I also start thinking about how I can structure my day and what tasks I need to do first. Some people would recommend eating your breakfast elsewhere, but I don’t mind it.
Scheduling content a week in advance is how I like to work so this is my focus for the beginning of the week. I always lose my morning to emails and I rarely make it out of the house on a Monday. My mindset is very much “I’ll carry on working, so I’ll get stuff out of the way“. I take a break from work with Iain gets home, we cook together if we can, and then I’m back to work. I’m normally working right until I sleep and every so often I’ll stay up till about 3am if things are really busy.
Like Mondays, Tuesdays are also pretty busy. I try to start balancing out my week from here on out though. In addition to being a social media manager, I also write this blog and make videos. If I’m ahead of myself, I’ll spend the afternoon writing. If not, I’ll make a list for when I next can. When scheduling, I focus on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn first. This takes more time and it’s easier to do in bulk. With most of that completed on Monday, I’ll spend some time scheduling Instagram posts and updating my client’s Pinterest accounts.
I also have more time to do other stuff like client calls, outreach and other admin. One of my clients has events that are mostly on a Tuesday, so sometimes I’ll have those to go to. I go along, socialise, and live-tweet for them.
If it’s a good week, things will have started to calm down by now. On Wednesdays, I’ll catch up on house work, blogging and other stuff going on in my life. I’ve just started CBT and my sessions run on this day thankfully. If I haven’t already, I make a point of leaving the house too. I’m sorry if that’s not what you want to hear, but sometimes I do have to force myself to get out of the house. We went out for dinner this week, so that was a nice break.
I keep an eye on emails, notifications etc., do minimal work and try focus on my own stuff. Wednesday is normally a day I take a ton of blog photos in bulk. I’ve been really fortunate to receive a lot of fun blogger mail lately. I try wait until I have an afternoon spare so I can put some music on and shoot away!
The first three days of the week are normally pretty full-on. From Thursday onwards, I’m a lot more relaxed. My weeks are pretty varied so there is never any real set routine. I just try take it as it comes and do whatever. I’m back on YouTube now and my upload day is Friday, so it’s likely I’ll spend Thursday editing video content. I do make a point of sleeping in from Thursday onwards if I can!
The only thing I plan to do on a Friday is make a point of filling in my tax income spreadsheet. Doing this on a weekly basis has really helps me feel like I’m a functioning adult (ha!), it also helps with budgeting too. Again, I just do tasks as and when they come up. Sometimes I have client calls on Fridays. Overall, they’re pretty nice and chilled.
When I first started out, I worked nearly every weekend. I think where I was underemployed and depressed, I didn’t want to take a single moment for granted. Generally, I’ve always had a pretty good work ethic and I do find it hard to switch off. I’m getting better at this though! I don’t remember the last weekend I’ve had to work. I do get some emails on a weekend but I don’t reply unless they’re urgent. Sometimes I’ll get anxious about the week ahead of me, so I’ll start working again on a Sunday night.
Here are some things I like to do at the weekend:
- Cycle somewhere
- Marathon a tv show
- Try a new recipe
- Hang out with family or friends
- See if anything is on and go to an event/restaurant or something
- Clear out things in the house and donate
- Try new ‘looks’
- Hang out with Buffy
Overall, my weeks do vary. If I can have some structure, this is what it’ll look like. I also recently did a weekly vlog, which you check out below:
Photography by Kaye Ford