What does my typical self-employed day look like? Let me tell you in today’s Day in the Life of Me blog.
But first! …
I’ve been blogging for 10 weeks now! Other than a two-week gap over the New Year break anyway. This is my first blogging milestone and I’m pretty proud of the progress I’ve made since my first post (initially published on LinkedIn but since migrated to my website).
A bit of background.
While everyday is different, there’s definitely an informal sort of routine that’s forming. I’ve talked about time management and structure in previous blog posts – this is more about rhythm and using the tools at hand to best effect. Factors which influence my day are:
- When my first meeting is – hopefully not too early!
- Where my meetings are
- How I’m getting there – bus, cycle, walk, or Mevo (if I’m running late!)
- What the weather’s like (because it influences how I get around!)
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A typical day.
How it starts: A typical day for me starts with my 6am alarm. I’m up and out the door by 6:30 to get to Lyall Bay beach where I exercise and listen t0 one of the many podcasts on my favourites list. I get home, have breakfast and get ready for my day (plus probably send a few emails!)
A normal day: A normal day for me has meetings at 11am through to 3pm. Up until recently, I’ve been busing into central-Wellington for meetings. I’ve always liked 10am meetings but the bus network either gets me to them way too early or way too late. You’ve got to adapt, I guess! Fortunately, I’ve levelled up this week and got back on the bike – take a look, she’s old but gold (actually red though haha!).
The evening (pre-7pm): Early evenings are spent with my wife, Lydia. Lydia often works nights so we have dinner and spend some time together before she heads off to work.
After-7pm: This is my peak time for getting work and admin tasks done. I’ve found I do the majority of my computer based work during these evening times and, surprisingly (to me, anyway) it’s working pretty well!
Wildcards: Of course, what is life without a few spanners in the works. I’d love to say I spend everyday as I’ve just written down but I don’t – I spend time with clients working in their offices, I dedicate a day each week to working with my business partner on BigAir (our Airbnb business!) and I try to spend a weekday at home each week.
Anyway, that’s a day in the life of me.
How’s this different to day in the life of employed-Sheridan?
Employed-Sheridan had to go into central-Wellington everyday. He drove (boo!) and was desk-based for the majority of each day. There was more meetings but less time for them. Employed-Sheridan got pretty burned out. Basically, I wasn’t in control of my schedule and I didn’t have the skills to take control. I’m still learning but I’m making good progress.
Not much to add in the #pupdate this week other than… we’ll be picking her up in about a week. Woohoo! 🙌
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