One thing that’s incredibly helpful for me is to have some sort of a routine, especially during the dreary winter months. It varies and I enjoy the freedom of breaking out of it, occasionally. My daily routine varies based on the season that I’m in. Right now, it’s a bit slower so my routine is pretty lax. If I begin to book more clients, then I’ll need to reevaluate this a bit.
This looks different for everyone, but I thought it may be helpful to share my daily routine as an entrepreneur.
What you see below is an hour by hour walk through of my day, both personal and business elements. Occasionally I have social events in the evening, like Tuesdays Together and every Thursday my small group meets. Other than that, I have a relatively quiet and simple life, and I’m completely ok with that. So, here we go!
8:00 am :: wake up
8:15 am :: eat a healthy carb breakfast (usually sweet potato and guacamole or these meatballs, green, and ranch)
8:15 – 9:00 am :: personal time. Here I read, pray, worship and journal.
9:00 – 9:15 am :: quick yoga routine to prepare for running (I do this one)
9:15 am :: run
10:00 am :: get ready for my day
10:45 am :: begin work
1:00 pm :: lunch break. I typically read for about 30 minutes
2:15 – 6:00 pm :: work (sometimes I quit earlier)
6:30 pm :: dinner
7 – 10 pm :: reading
10 pm :: go to sleep
Each day I prioritize myself physically and mentally. The personal time at the beginning of each day helps me maintain health emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Running each day helps me take care of my body and prepares me for the work day.
What I work on daily varies. At the end of each month I take a few days to focus on bookkeeping for the previous month and content planning for the upcoming month. On Monday I look over my schedule for the week and make sure I’m aware of all of my appointments. That way I’m able to emotionally prepare for them (hellooo Enneagram Five).
So there it is! I’ve gone through bouts of guilt at times for my lax schedule, which is ridiculous, but it’s true. I’ve had to remind myself over and over to have grace for myself and that I make the dang rules! Guilt can just get on out of here.
The more I run my own business, the more I realize I just couldn’t go back to working in an office environment. I would never have this much freedom in a ‘typical’ job. Looking back at some of the years I worked in an office I realize I was an unhealthy and joyless version of myself. Owning my own business has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I’m endlessly grateful for the freedom and health it brings me.