It’s great working for myself full time, but sometimes I am reminded that not everyone realises that, just because I might mention I’m working at, say 6am, and again at 10pm, that doesn’t mean I’m working as such for the whole day. If I was, that would be a bit worrying, of course. Anyway, I thought I’d note down a “typical” day in my life now (and contrast it with one from my former office-part-time/libro-part-time life, too). Note that these are example days, but they are common ones.
A typical day now
6.00 – 8.00 Get up. Check email and work for about 90 minutes.
8.00 – 9.00 Breakfast with M. Shower.
9.00 – 9.30 Check and answer emails, check Facebook and Twitter. Publish a blog post.
9.30 – 11.00 Work of various sorts – projects large or small
11.00 – 11.30 Cuppa and a drink of squash. Emails and admin
11.30 – 12.30 More billable hours
12.30 – 14.30 An hour at the gym, lunch and shower
14.30 – 16.00 Work.
16.00 – 16.30 A soft drink, a cuppa (a bun?) and some emailing.
16.30 – 18.00 Work.
18.00 – 19.00 Either work or walk down to meet M on his way home from work
19.00 – 20.00 House admin and dinner.
20.00 – 21.00 Maybe an hour of work if I’m busy or have tight deadlines. Otherwise, TV etc.
21.00 – 22.00 TV or reading.
22.00 – 22.30 Check email, last minute bits and bobs, check personal email
22.30 – 23.00 Get ready for bed, a bit of reading.
So that gives me between 7 and 9 billable working hours – usually more like 7, which is what people do in an office, of course, just not so spread out through the day.
And in a week of days like this I will get out to the cafe to meet friends at least once, pop into town or meet a friend for dinner, and have some time writing up blog posts etc.
A typical day in 2011
On a day when I worked in the office and at home, my day would look like this:
5.45 – 6.00 Get up, check Libro email, maybe do some Libro work
6.00 – 7.00 Breakfast, shower, get ready for work.
7.00 – 7.30 Travel into work.
7.30 – 13.00 Working at the Library.
13.00 – 13.30 Lunch. Check Blackberry and reply to Libro emails / make calls.
13.30 – 15.45 Working at the Library.
15.45 – 16.30 Travelling home.
16.30 – 19.30 Cup of tea then working till M gets home and beyond. He makes my dinner.
19.30 – 20.00 Hasty dinner.
20.00 – 22.30 Working on Libro projects.
22.30 – 23.00 Getting ready for bed.
That was 4 then 3 days a week through the whole of 2011 pretty well. Phew! I would have a day like the above one 1 or 2 weekdays a week and work solidly at the weekends. Not so much gym, certainly not any cafe with friends, not so many blog posts, not so much reading!