To be honest, I don't want to talk about any of the days leading up to this one. They have been good, for sure, but there's so much change on the horizon, I find myself comforted and motivated by the idea of reconfiguring my days rather than holding onto the way I've done things before. I can see my routine shaping up something like this based on what my natural inclinations are now. I'm definitely a creature of habit with some specific moods and proclivities throughout the day.
Up, up, and at 'em! The alarm may go off just slightly later than this, but my child is such a slow eater, much later than 6 a.m. makes me nervous. Greyson will want me to take him to school and drop him off now that I can. When I was working full-time I tried to be in the town where I was employed (30 minutes from my house) by 7:30 so I could safely grab a coffee and breakfast before hitting the office a few minutes before everyone else.
I already know I'm going to have to expand my breakfast repertoire to keep the little person (and me) happy. I envision batches of "real food" muffins (sweet potato and cranberry, anyone?) or banana pancakes on the weekends, frozen for the week.
Exercise. Something I haven't done in ages because I had no idea where to fit it in. I'm much more of a morning exerciser than an evening one, so I will probably stick in my earbuds and take off as soon as I get back to the house from dropping G at school. If I can shift this earlier, I will, but I'll have to try it out first.
|My new "office." Three cheers for kitchen tables.|
Shower, get dressed, sit down at the computer with breakfast and coffee. Necessary steps, I tell ya. I can't be productive in pajamas. There will be a lot of stretchy jeans and big sweaters, tho.
Money making time. Whether I'm applying for full-time work, doing online teaching tasks, updating LinkedIn, shopping UpWork and other freelance sites, or writing Book Riot and Panels posts, I have to do something proactive to keep the lights on while I'm at my prime. My brain is far flakier after lunch.
Lunch with hubs and reading time. We'll see how fast we run out of lunch ideas and leftovers.
Secondary money making and creativity time. I like to get the big stuff out of the way in the morning. The must-do tasks. The nitty gritty of being partially employed.
This afternoon block is fairly flexible: brainstorming, writing, researching publications for potential placement or partnerships, learning more about analytics or SEO or the latest and digital greatest, course development, Instagram photos, blog updates, Facebook scheduling, Readathon planning, etc. These aren't direct income but having a healthy overall presence on the interwebs helps my Book Riot and Panels posts get more traffic, helps me find sites to syndicate content, brings in more ad views, builds a bigger BookTube following, helps with networking, and BRINGS ME JOY.
|Family chill time.|
Whatever. Housework? Another walk? Reading? Time to decompress before I pick up the kiddo. Or maybe more work. Depends on what needs doing and what I want to do!
Family time! The best time of the day, and this won't change much from "before" to "after." We make dinner, finish school work, practice reading, take a bath, watch movies.
I'm lucky if I'm up until 10 right now. We'll see how and if this changes with less stress. I usually use this time to talk in-depth with David about whatever needs discussing. This is also prime reading time. If my brain is shot, it's time to lay on the couch and watch beauty videos.
Conjecture. I realize. But my brain and natural creative tendencies worked this way even when I had to fight them to accommodate other people's meeting times and brain farts. Here's hoping this new way of life is as liberating as I think it'll be!
Thank you, Trish, for hosting this fantabulous event again!