People ask me how I manage working full-time and running a small business. Juggling both whilst managing migraines is extremely hard, but my number one goal is to never waste a moment. Here’s my Day In The Life (on a migraine free day).
6.30 – Wake up. I am usually morning person unless I’ve had a migraine the day before. I spend 30 minutes checking emails and scheduling social media updates whilst Tammy snuggles up.
7.00 – Orders prepared the evening before are packed. I take pride in packaging and it is my excuse for being a stationery geek. I’m usually scoffing some toast and jam at the same time. (I used Printed.com for my Biz cards).
8.15 – Get on my bike Florence for the 7 minute cycle to the day job as a PA. My commute rocks so much I blogged about it here.
10.30 – Tea break! At work is usually the only place I’ll drink from a mug as all my china tea cups live at home.
12.30 – Post Office run to send Etsy orders. I love the staff in my local Post Office, they always take time to stop and chat. Lunchtimes are also spent reading blogs and meeting G at least once a week for coffee dates (decaf for me!), we usually catch up about each others work and business stuff.
16.30 – Leave the day job. I spend 30 minutes cycling around the city for exercise and to take photographs to practice my skills. Once a week I visit the flower stall on the market for some blooms for the studio. Last week I bumped into a friend who gave me some fresh asparagus from her garden.
Cambridge is a small city so I can explore a lot in 30 minutes. It’s usually my favourite moment of the day and it makes me super grateful to live here. *Cue grinning cycling idiot*
17.00 – Cleaning time! I spend an hour doing the daily cleaning at home (boring) and preparing a meal. Biz time is precious so I batch cook in my slow cooker on a regular basis, my favourite recipe at the moment is this Vegetable Chilli. We catch up on our TiVo recordings whilst eating dinner. Current favourites include Modern Family and Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey.
18.30 – Biz time. I work on made to order items from the Etsy store and any wholesale orders. Listings are updated and emails replied to. I edit product photos and work on product development for new collections. Product testing is important to me as I want each and every item to be the best it can be. I work right up until the end of the day.
23.00 – Bed time. In order to minimise the risk of migraines, I try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
Weekends – My weekends are precious. I plan everything in my Filofax. My favourite kind of weekend is craft group (we natter and share our makes in a cafe) followed by brunch with G. All blog planning, writing and photo shoots take place at the weekend so as to get the best light possible. G and I will have a movie night if we can and I’ll try out a new popcorn recipe for his opinion. This one is my current favourite!
So there you have it! My busy life. I’m planning a How I Stay Organised post in the next week or so too. I’d love to hear about a typical day in your life in the comments below.