I thought I’d document what a day-in-my-life looks like when working from home, rather than out delivering training. I always find it intriguing what people actually get up to behind the scenes, so thought I’d give you a sneak peak behind my business doors!
No two days are ever the same! So, I wrote down everything I did on Thursday 17th October. And this is what my day looked like….
5:00 – Alarm goes off. I’m an early riser and an early to bed kind of girl. I head to the gym so that I’m back before my husband leaves for work at 6.40am. My day goes so much better if I get to the gym but it doesn’t always happen. Especially if one (or more) of my three girls have been up in the night!
6:30 – Home! Usually the two oldest (4 and 6 years) are up by now. Their dad heads to work and I get them their breakfast, then head for a shower and get myself ready for the day.
7:00 – The busiest hour of the day! Gently ask* (*shout) repeatedly for the older two to get themselves dressed. Help youngest with shirt buttons. Do their hair and get them to brush their teeth. Wake up youngest (just turned 1 year). Nappy changed, dressed and give her a bottle of milk. Gather school and nursery bags with whatever is needed for their day. Drop off youngest at nursery and then the other two at school breakfast club.
8:10 – The calm after the storm! Usually feel like I should be at least half way through my day by this point! Have my breakfast and a much needed cup of tea and plot out my day.
8:30 – Work begins with webinar prep. On this particular day I have a webinar at lunchtime that I have yet to write. I keep them short and simple. So it doesn’t take me long to prep a few slides for the webinar.
8:45 – Blog promo. I wrote a blog post the day before so spend a few minutes sharing it on social media.
8:50 – Social media learning. I have a read through articles about different areas of social media and create some posts to share about any ones I think will benefit my audience. This is a crucial step for me in keeping up to date in what’s new in social media.
9:10 – BREAK! I tend to work in 40 minute chunks. I set a timer on my phone, then put my phone out of reach so I’m not tempted to procrastinate! I then take a 10 minute break away from my desk before the next 40 mins!
9:20 – Client work. I needed to create some social media processes for a client who was passing over the social media reigns to someone new in their team.
10:00 – BREAK!
10:10 – Emails. I usually have a quick scan of my emails in between sets at the gym so I know if there’s anything important I need to respond to straight away. If not, I wait until about this point of the morning, to avoid the temptation of spending all day checking in on emails. I then create some Instagram stories. The remaining 30 minutes of this ‘chunk’, I spend engaging with people on Instagram. I’m really trying to increase my efforts on Instagram at the moment, so try to spend time on there every day engaging with other peoples’ posts. And I’m definitely seeing more success on Instagram as a result.
10:50 – BREAK! During which I put on some make up and sort out my hair ready for being on camera for my webinar. My husband also gives me a ring now so I chat to him while I do it. If he rings me during the day, I usually bounce business stuff off him. It’s hard to manage everything going on in your head when you work on your own. So he’s my constant sound board!
11:10 – As I look semi-presentable, I take a few different selfies to use in future social media posts. I then record three videos, under 1 minute long each, to use for social media posts. I create these on my phone using the Clips app, so that they have subtitles on. I’ll share them out over the coming two weeks, so that’s my short video recording done for a couple of weeks. I then get ready to go live with the webinar. I load up Zoom and check the background of my video stream, load up my slides and wait for the webinar attendees to arrive!
12:00 – WEBINAR! This one focuses on how to stand out and be different on social media (if you missed it, you can get the recording HERE!). I’m trying to host more regular short lunchtime webinars. They’re great for showcasing my expertise and building my email list. And I always repurpose the recording as well.
12:30 – BREAK! This one’s a big break. I don’t get all that much time to get stuff done for myself, so sometimes I take a long break during the day to tick off my personal to-do list. I have my lunch then head out to drop-off returns at the post office, pick up a dress I ordered for my daughter’s christening, buy some socks for the girls to take to school the next day for the homeless, and get some food for the dog!!!
14:00 – Email check and responding. Respond to comments on my social media posts, and replies to my comments on other peoples’ posts.
14:10 – Edit the webinar recording and begin uploading to host site.
14:20 – Set up for video recording. I like to create a different set up for IGTV and YouTube videos, compared to my short social media videos. I have studio lights and a camera on a tripod. I record the audio on a separate mic. So, it takes a bit of time to get it all set up. When it is set up, I try to record at least 4 videos. I usually share about one a week on both IGTV and YouTube, so this means I won’t need to set it up again for another month. All didn’t go to plan. The camera battery was dead so I decided to just record on my phone instead to get the job done. And, one of the bulbs on my studio lights was flickering so I improvised with my SAD lamp instead!!! Things don’t always go as you had planned them to but that doesn’t mean the time needs to go to waste.
14:40 – BREAK!
14:50 – Recording time. I get my four videos recorded. I usually change clothes between each video to make it look like I recorded them on different days (insider tricks!)!
16:00 – Get the webinar recording out to those who registered but didn’t attend. Call back someone who rang earlier in the day (I use a call handling team).
16:15 – I head downstairs to get some dinner on the go. The girls all come home hungry, so it’s important I have something ready for them to eat! I sometimes remember to put something in the slow cooker that morning. Today was not one of those days! I take my laptop downstairs with me and watch a training video for something I need to learn for the project I’m launching in February. I also email back and forth with my accountant about my VAT return and end of year accounts, and do a final email check.
17:00 – Head off to pick up the older two from after-school club then the youngest from nursery. Get them home and fed. Their hero returns from his day at work! Then it’s the usual bath, book, bed routine.
19:00 – All kids in bed. I usually have a tidy up and make sure I’m not coming down to a pig sty the following morning. Take the dog for a walk. Then I spend an hour reading a business book. This is a new habit I’m trying to keep up, as I find TV pretty dull and always feel I’ve achieved nothing in the evening. Chill for a bit then….
21:30 – BED! Told you I went to bed early!