I used to love reading posts like this back in the day of old school blogging! I made a huge leap in November 2021 to a new career in a new industry and thought this would be a great time to share a little bit into what my updated daily schedule looks like while I still maintain my website. While this is all subject to the week at hand, here is a snapshot of what a day in the life looks like of a lifestyle blogger who works a full time job as well!
A Day in the Life of an nC Lifestyle Blogger
6:30AM: Alarm Goes Off
While I wish I could say that I jump out of bed and I get moving, I am definitely a snoozer. I use this alarm clock, which has been helpful for getting me moving sooner.
7:15AM: Up & Moving
I start my morning with a cup of coffee and reading Heather Cox Richardson’s newsletter. I also take some time with the daily Wordle and then I get myself situated for the morning. While I’m getting ready, I listen to the NY Times “the Daily” podcast.
8:00AM: Focus Time
Each morning, I start with focus time. It’s during this time I work on my goals for the day, prioritize action times, list out any distractions that may come up (whether it’s a task unfinished around the house or something I’m looking forward to), and then make sure my day is as organized as it can be to get started.
When 9:00 rolls around, I’m ready to get started and begin either my focused tasks or taking meetings. I am a firm believer in keeping track of my tasks via Google Calendar with the task tracker, though I also prefer to write them out in meetings to organize so I’m not losing my focus or concentration in meetings.
Around lunch time, I make lunch and then take the boys for a walk around our neighborhood. Then, I try to do something productive around the house (folding laundry, emptying the dishwasher, vacuuming high traffic areas, etc.) before settling in to the rest of the work day.
My afternoons resume with work meetings and tasks and I always end every day with any key items that I’ll need to do the following day. That includes any follow up with team mates or clients, organizing an idea that I may have had, logging my time, and catching up on any messages/emails I may have missed. It helps me finish the day feeling more prepared for the next.
One thing that I have learned is incredibly helpful for my mental health and my productivity is working out. Whether I take a spin class, yoga class, or do some stretching, I make time for at least 30 minutes each day.
6:00PM: Shower & Chores
After exercising, I take a shower (and a bath depending on the day/how much time I have) and get through a few more household chores. That might be starting laundry, cleaning off the counter tops, putting away coats in the mudroom, or tidying up my office area.
7:30PM: Dinner with David
We are notoriously late eaters, but we’re trying to get better about eating earlier. Our goal is around 7:30-8:00 so this time could fluctuate depending on our schedules that day. After dinner, we clean up the kitchen, load the dishwasher, and settle in for the night.
8:00PM: Blog Work
I use the time after dinner to work on content, whether that is scheduling social media posts for the next day and beyond, writing articles, working on images for Pinterest, editing reels, pitching brands, responding to emails, and organizing my revenue and expenses. I use my task tracker in my Google Calendar to organize this for me.
10:45PM: Bed Time
In December, I wasn’t doing a good job of maintaining a bed time, so I use my iPhone to notify me for my bedtime routine. Once I shut down my computer for the night, I use that time to do my skincare routine, read a little bit, and relax before turning out my lights. I use my facial humidifier and my nighttime Liquid IV to help me relax as well.
So, there you have it! A little glimpse into my daily life!