Yes, I am self-employed, but yes, I have three different gigs to attend to. Here’s a look into my typical day and how I consistently balance each responsibility.
I get up anywhere from 4am to 11am. The first thing I do is check my socials for a few minutes: Email, Instagram, Twitter. I’ll then decide I’m hungry and probably just end up feeding the Iguana and eating a breakfast bar before going in to my photo room to take product photos for a couple that sells items on ebay (this is really the only job that is actually full-time). I spend about 5-8 hours on Mondays and Thursdays taking several hundred photos to edit the next day.
Surprisingly, editing the photos can take way longer than actually taking them, so even though I don’t edit every photo, it usually takes 4-6 hours. This, I do on almost exclusively Tuesdays, because I generally have enough edits to post throughout the week.
Also on Tuesdays- as well as Thursdays, I write for this blog. (I used to write every day on this blog, and I used to write a lot of research papers, but that was hard to do- and I really was just getting a feel for it). I write down some of my thoughts or a look into my lifestyle and hobbies. As a part of my blog tasks, around noon I’ll post to my PoppinTalk Twitter account to keep the social world updated. I also have an Instagram for this blog, which I posted to much more frequently before switching up it’s purpose and content.
That leaves only Wednesdays and Fridays left, which is when I concentrate more on the books I’m writing. I take those two days and any time left on other days to come up with ideas or allow myself to be inspired for any new content in my stories. On those days, I also look into and consider other creative social jobs, so stay tuned for news on that front.
In the evening, when I’m done with all my tasks (I usually allow myself to be done at 5:00 so I have time to myself) I’ll grab dinner with my parents and maybe watch a few episodes of my favorite TV show. When I finally head to bed, I’ll fall asleep possibly at 9:00pm or stay up all night working on resumes or my books until 6am. (I have stayed up until 7am before, but don’t recommend it; I slept until 3pm).
I structured my week based on need/demand/consistency. I layered all of my jobs over the week, but each one gets what it needs. My eBay/photography gig has photos taken, edited, and posted; in that order- each step getting its own day so I’m prepared for the next. My blog gig gets two evenly placed days of the week to shine; and my books get their attention on Wednesdays and weekends. I structured it this way so I am able to do all that I can for each one and work smarter rather than harder.
So sure, I don’t have a 9-5 office job, but I keep busy with my 3 side-jobs. And I’m liking it thus far 🙂
Hope you enjoyed reading about my crazy (maybe sloppy) day-to-day. If there’s any content you want to see, comment down below! I love hearing from you all. Sending love! ❤