My ideal work day, is a week

I’m better at batching things, than having an ‘ideal work day’ that looks the same, every. single. day.

So, instead of sharing with you my ideal work day, I thought I’d share how I work best over the course of a week/month.

This week I’m playing along with the lovely Natalie Sisson during the blog challenge (aff).

#1 Check Email and Facebook

Unlike most people, my day really does start best by checking email and Facebook. I’m not looking for things that will distract me, but for anything these things:

  • anything that requires immediate attention & can be handled quickly [urgent]
  • anything I can quickly respond to [a quick win]
  • something I can promote today [revenue generator]

If there’s something that looks really important, but requires a bit more time, I’ll add a ⭐ and trust that I’ll come back to it later in the day (or week)

#2 Personal Tasks

Then I move on to my personal things, like having breakfast, starting dishes (I come back to this later) and getting comfortable for my first work session.

#3 Get started on my first work project for the day

I usually spend 1–2 hours on a morning project. Some projects I’ve recently done during my morning work sessions are:

  • working on a group of blog posts
  • moving content for my courses, back to WordPress
  • researching a solution to a bigger problem (like, where to host my new site, or which plugins will work the best — none of them seem to be 100% right)
  • recording videos for a section in a course (I can usually record 4–6 in a session — more than that, and I find myself getting bored)
  • laying out the contents for an ebook, or content upgrade

I’m currently using asana to help me with managing my projects, alongside a paper & pen (notebook), but have used all of the other popular project management tools too (Trello, Basecamp, Evernote, Todoist, Producteev)

I’ve used the pomodoro technique with the default 25 minute working, 5 minutes off, and sometimes it’s the perfect fit for me (maybe 3 weeks in a row) and other times I’m better working for 55 minute sessions, or even a bit longer.

My favorite pomodoro tool is Pomotodo, combining a simple task list, with a built in timer. When I have lots of small tasks to work in a week & really want to see those items get checked off a list, this is the tool I gravitate towards.

This e.ggtimer setting works best for me

Then I get up and stretch, finish washing dishes or some other little household chore, or play a short game, and get back to work.

Sometimes I even take a 15 minute work break and do something silly, like make 1 jar of jam (yes, I reused a jam jar from walmart to make blackberry jam…lol)

I’ve been doing this a very long time (working from home, on my own schedule) and find my biggest problem is that I don’t want to stop working (even when I’m in in the living room, with other people around), vs being distracted too much.

#4 Afternoons are my own time

I take afternoons off, as often as I can.

  • to read a good book
  • go for a swim
  • go for a bike ride
  • have a nap
  • play puzzle games
  • chat with a friend
  • plan a trip / adventure
  • brainstorm a new business idea / project / course (offline)

This didn’t come easily for me — I’ve been working on making this a reality for probably 10 years… it’s taken time, but I am able to comfortably pull myself away now, and take a break without feeling guilty.

#5 Early evenings I work for another 2–4 hours

I have another work “sprint” in the early evening. It also starts with checking email and Facebook, and prioritizing things to make sure they’re all addressed before I leave for the night (sometimes that means moving it to tomorrow).

In the evening I’m more likely to work on researching new tools, but if things were really interesting with the project I was working on in the morning, I’ll pick up where I left off.

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Blog Challenge Day 5