Working From Home | My Routine

February 12, 2014


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On January 15th I took a huge leap of faith to work from home for myself as a freelance graphic + web designer. Having it been about a month since I've made this change of work, I feel like I've finally grasped the experience and molded my life and daily routine to be best successful with my business as well as my personal life. Today, I wanted to share a day in the life and a few tips of what I've learned along the way.


Basically, my day doesn't start until early afternoon because I know I'm not a morning person and I need to be my best when using my creative juices and if I'm sleepy or grouchy, it's just not going to happen. You really have to be a self motivator when working for yourself because it all depends on you and your work ethic. I think I have amazing examples of work ethic with my dad and husband and we depend on this income for our home to function so I make it a point each and everyday to work as hard as I can so when I step out of the office each night, I know I did my best for myself and for my clients.

Typically, I do get up a little earlier to get a workout in or I do a class in the evenings but this is a rough idea of my normal day. I do switch it up sometimes also and have lunch with girlfriends or coffee in the morning but again, it's all about finding your balance and working your day around knowing what works for you and what doesn't. Trial and error people! Hopefully this can also be a great resource of a structured day for those who are in the same boat as me. And please, share other ideas if you've found something else works better! I'm always for learning better avenues to being successful.

xo

20 comments

  1. This could not have come at a better time! I'm not a morning person either and I've been really struggling to fit in the time GSD during the days early hours. I love that you go with the flow and work a schedule that works for you! It's so fun to see how other people use their hours, isn't it?

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

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  2. thanks as always for the tips and you are ALWAYS on top of your emails

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  3. Yay! Thank you for this. I want to work from home one day and this was super helpful!

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  4. Aubrey, I SO admire seeing you take this leap of faith to do what you love! I am definitely in the process of 'leaping' and it's great to see others doing the same! xo

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  5. I'm not a morning person either! Haha. My day looks a lot like this too, however I don't have a real work from home job and I just pretend to be a blogger. HAHAHA.

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  6. Sounds like a great routine to me! :)

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  7. Oh man, I am totally not a morning person, but the little lady is. I'm lucky to be up at 7am. I'd kill to sleep in till 9! Good for you giving yourself breaks, I'm so happy you left your job & are living your dream. Props girlfriend!

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  8. Man, I wish I could set my own schedule like that!!!

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  9. Someday I hope to make that jump and work from home. You are doing amazing! Congrats! I am not a morning person (I mean, hello? I'm up at midnight when I have to be at work tomorrow by 8:30AM. Eek!) so having that schedule with the opportunity to have so much creativity is amazing.

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  10. I think it's great that you embrace the fact that you're not necessarily a morning person ... and isn't that the beauty of working from home? I've had to train myself to BE a morning person (haha, coffee helps!)
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

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  11. I worked from home up until just recently and my biggest struggle was always self-motivation. And sometimes I would get so caught up in work, I would forget to eat. I couldn't find balance easily. Good for you for figuring out what works best for you and enjoying your time home. It's a blessing!

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  12. A routine is so crucial when working from home and it sounds like you have it down! Congratulations on your transition!

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  13. I am not a morning person either. I don't work from home, but I do have to be at work everyday at 8 a.m. What I have noticed is if I don't get up earlier, I won't be productive in the morning whatsoever. Sometimes it helps just to get up earlier to try and "make" yourself wake up and get moving. You may gain some good working hours in the morning. Just a suggestion.

    Great post!

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  14. Kudos to you for taking the leap. I WISH this was my daily schedule!!! ox

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  15. It's crazy how different people are. My husband, like you is not a morning person, but I am. I wake up at 6:30 with or without an alarm, and am usually bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to go! Haha! I've always thought about how amazing it would be to be able to work from home and have my schedule be mornings to early afternoon and then have the afternoons and evenings to myself, when I find myself getting tired and more worn out. You're so right that it's all about what works for you and finding YOUR balance. :) I'm so happy things are going well for you!

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  16. I wish that was my daily schedule. Good on you for taking the leap. Random question - where are you eye glasses from/what brand? Cheers! Melissa

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  17. gosh- love that you shared your work form home routine!
    working from home for sure has its challenges but knowing that i'm not the only one that doesnt get up and GO GO GO (early morning wake up call) like i would if i have a 9-5 job makes me feel more competent in the daily schedule i set/try to set!!

    xo
    happy late valentines:)

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  18. Here's my thing: I am not what I would consider a morning person strictly because I hate the actual act of waking up when my clock says something before 9am, haha. Once I am ACTUALLY up (such as on days I'm literally forced to get up before then) I am totally productive. I randomly got up when Cole did the other day at like 7:30 and holy schiza I got SO much done that day. It's really been on my mind to work on getting up earlier everyday and I'm slowly making that change. The best thing about our jobs? We can MAKE those decisions for ourselves and tailor everything to work best for us. :)

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  19. I love it! and I am so proud of you from working from home! It is a dream of mine :)

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  20. Hands down. You have the BEST client communication! When I first approched you about my blog..lonnggg ago I thought, "dang girl! I literally just sent my email and you've already responded so quickly and thoughtfully!" love you darling!

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