My New & Improved Daily Routine as a Full-Time Blogger

 
Since back in June when I first shared a glimpse into my daily routine, things have basically done a complete 180. Here’s why…
 
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As I’ve grown as a blogger, and as my blog and business have grown, I’ve had to figure out more efficient ways of completing all of my work on time, while still keeping my sanity. If you’ve read this post, you know what mental hurdles I’m up against!
 
If you blog full-time, or if you own an online business, I’m sure you can relate to some of the feelings and roadblocks I shared in that post. And even if blogging is only a part-time activity for you, I’m sure you’ve felt the pressure of trying to do #allthething in a short period of time, right?
 
A month ago, I hit a point where it became a bit too much for me. I was feeling run-down, burnt out, and all-over-the-place. I knew I needed to make a change and create a more balanced, productive, organized daily routine in order to keep moving forward.
 
I also wanted to start enjoying the “perks” of working from home and the benefits that come with being your own boss. Namely, sleeping in and starting work whenever I want to, calling it quits early if I need to, and taking breaks for “me time” throughout the day.
 
Over the past month, I’ve settled into what I’d call my “ideal daily routine”, and I’m really excited to share it with you today. If you’re looking to add more balance and productivity to your work life, I hope you find this post helpful, and that you take away some inspiration for your own daily routine.
 

The Inspiration Behind My New Routine

If I think back on it, there were two specific sources that encouraged me to make these changes to my daily routine a month ago (besides the fact that I was slowly driving myself crazy!)
 
One of them was this blog post by Kayla Hollatz on “Designing a Daily Creative Routine”, along with Kayla’s recent live training session on the same topic. A point that really hit home with me was when Kayla talked about catering your work tasks to the time of day they’re best suited for. In other words, tackling your most mentally-taxing projects when your brain is at its sharpest.
 
The second place I drew inspiration from was an AMAZING book called “Adventures For Your Soul” by Shannon Kaiser. Although this book isn’t specifically about daily routines or productivity, it’s been immensely helpful in bringing more balance and joy to my day-to-day life. If you’re only going to read one book this year, this is the one I’d recommend!
 

My Waking-Up Routine

Alright, let’s jump into my daily routine! The first big change I made was the time of day I wake up and start work at. I used to force myself to get out of bed between 6 and 6:30 so I could fit in a morning workout, which was so not fun.
 
What I’ve realized over time is that I am NOT a morning person (like, at all). I just can’t function early in the morning. And you know what else I realized? That’s okay. I don’t need to push myself to be something I’m not!
 
Nowadays, I let myself wake up without an alarm. This generally happens between 7:15 and 7:45, when Scott’s getting ready to leave for work. Sometimes we’ll go out and grab a coffee together, and sometimes I’ll make myself a cup of coffee at home and settle in for my morning routine.
 

My Morning Routine

A few months ago, I would’ve gone straight into my office after I woke up, and started to work through my inbox and my to-do list for the day. Now, I try to ease into it, and give myself a chance to wake up properly, have something to eat, and indulge in some “me time”.
 
For starters, I don’t even open up my computer or check my emails for at least half an hour after waking up. Instead, I make myself some breakfast (greek yogurt, granola, and berries, if you were wondering!) and settle in for 30-60 minutes of “me time”.
 
This chunk of “me time” has become my favorite part of the day. I like to work slowly through my breakfast, do some reading, and then enjoy a bit of “joy journalling” (more on this in Shannon Kaiser’s book from above!)
 
During this time, my computer and cell phone are off, soft music is playing, and I allow myself to fully enjoy my coffee, my breakfast, and the book I’m reading. I’ll usually work through a chapter or two, do some journalling, and then organize my office and desk space before diving into my work for the day.
 

Inbox & To-Do List

Once my work day has officially started, which is usually around 9 o’clock, the first two things I do are:
 
1. Organize my inbox
2. Finalize my to-do list for that day
 
I’ll answer any emails that require an immediate response, and then file away other emails to be answered later.
 
When it comes to my to-do List, I’ve been trying out this new technique where I only choose three big tasks to focus on each day. This helps me prioritize the most important tasks for growing my blog, business, and income, and not focus on the “nitty gritty” things that aren’t as vital to my success.
 

Client Work

Next up, I spend 1-2 hours on client work. I like to get this done and out of the way early, so it’s not weighing on my mind for the rest of the day. This also allows me to focus on my own blog and business for the remainder of the day, which I like.
 

Admin Tasks & Social Media

Next I spend an hour before lunch working on administrative tasks or anything social media-related. Depending on the day, this might include:
 
+ Scheduling Twitter updates
+ Interacting in my Facebook group
+ Completely clearing out my inbox
+ Replying to comments on my blog
 
If I have any extra time before lunch, I’ll move on to the big tasks on my to-do list for the day. I’m not at my sharpest until later on in the afternoon, so I don’t work on creating new content in the morning. I will, however, type up a blog post that I’ve written out by hand, or edit one that I’ve already typed up.
 

Lunch Time

I usually take my lunch break around 12:30. I like to spend around 30 minutes making and eating lunch, and then enjoying some more “me time” activities. Usually this involves watching YouTube videos (I LOVE the Saccone Joly’s daily vlogs!), doing housework, and sometimes more reading if there’s time.
 

Afternoons: Working on My Blog + Biz

While my mornings are mainly devoted to client work and admin tasks, I like to spend my afternoons working on my own blog and business. Some of the tasks I’ll work on during this time include:
 
+ Writing blog posts
+ Formatting posts and creating images for them
+ Writing my weekly newsletters
+ Working on my ecourses, ebooks, or other products
 
Like I said earlier, I’m not at my sharpest in the mornings. I’m much more of an afternoon/night owl, so it’s a lot easier for me to create content in the afternoons. So that’s what I do!
 

Squeezing in Some Exercise

Although I don’t workout in the mornings anymore, I still like to get in some exercise later on in the day. I’ve come to realize how important this is for someone like me, whose job is very sedentary.
 
I usually take a break around 3 o’clock and spend 30-45 minutes exercising. What I do varies from day to day, but I’ve recently started the Bikini Body Guide program by Kayla Itsines again. The workouts are INTENSE, but I’d definitely recommend them to anyone who’s looking to get in shape quickly!
 

Back to Work

After my workout and a quick shower, it’s back to work for another hour or two. This time is also devoted to working on my own blog and business, although sometimes I’ll squeeze in a bit more client work if there’s something I need to wrap up that day.
 

Winding Down

I always spend the last 30 minutes of my work day wrapping up any end-of-day tasks and getting ready for the following day. At this point, I’ll check my inbox and answer emails one more time, interact on social media, and write out my to-do list for the following day.
 
Once 5 o’clock rolls around, I’m home free!
 
I power down my laptop, shut off the lights, and leave my office for the evening. Because I work from home, it’s important for me to stay out of my office when I’m not working. I find this helps my brain keep my work-life separate from my personal-life, which is a must!
 

Summing Up My Daily Routine

I’m so happy with my current routine, and the fact that I manage to get all of my work done without ever feeling rushed, stressed, or worn out. It’s an amazing feeling!
 
What does your daily routine look like? Do you make room for self-care and “me time” throughout your day?
 
 


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  • I love hearing what I full-time blogger’s schedule is! Since I work full-time and blog on the side, I squeeze my blogging time in whenever I can. I am the complete opposite from you in that I am a morning person. By the time I get home at 6, I am essentially useless. I’m working on shifting my wake up time an hour earlier (5 o’clock!), so that I can get more productive work done. I spend my “me time” reading before I go to bed 🙂

    • Hey Kaitlyn! Thanks for stopping in, lovely. It’s always so nice to see your name pop up in my notifications!

      Isn’t it funny how two people can be wired so differently? I think my “night owl” tendencies date back to when I was a waitress and worked night shifts for a long time. Oh goodness, I think 5am would be the death of me!! You’re brave!

      Awe I’m glad to hear you’re able to sneak in some me-time before bed. What book are you reading at the moment? I just started Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I’m loving it!

      xx Krista

      • I’ve been an early bird since I was little. My dad used to wake me up to watch the sun rise and my parents would drink coffee together every morning before they had to go to work. Now, my husband and I share a similar routine.

        I’m reading The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. It’s fantastic and so motivating for all parts of my life. I love finding new books. I’ll take a look into Big Magic and I already have Adventures for Your Soul in my queue 🙂

  • This sounds like a great routine. I like the idea of being able to wake up on my own without an alarm – I think it’d be a much better start to the day!

    • Thanks so much, Rachel! It’s been such a nice change of pace. Totally opposite from when I used to get up at the crack of dawn and drag myself into my day job 😛

      xo Krista

  • Alyssa Wilson

    This is such a great post! I am turning into a morning person and work full time I have chosen my “Me Time” as blogging! When I had my son two years ago I realized that the only time I had no interruptions was from 5 – 7 a.m. so now I wake up at five and crack out the content! love hate relationship but I love the books you recommended. I am currently doing the 52 weeks for happiness! I love it because I am a list maker!

    • Awe thank you Alyssa! That’s so impressive, I’m the complete opposite of a morning person. I wish I could wake up that early and have my brain function! Ooo what’s the 52 weeks of happiness about? That sounds right up my alley!

      xo Krista

  • Jamee Maree

    I have been trying to settle into a new routine now that school has started. I’m taking 17 credit hours (face palm, what was I thinking?) and starting this new biz adventure. How in the world do you get your inbox to zero? Tons of subfolders or ?? I would love to hear more about that. I can design a strategic plan for anything asked of me but go to my inbox and it’s a nightmare!! Lol

    • Hey babe!

      Yikes, 17 hours is a LOT!! Yep, I have folders for basically everything in my inbox. I rarely delete emails (unless they’re spam), I just file them away into the appropriate folder once I’ve read and responded to them! I also have an “Answer Later” folder where I store emails that I need to reply to, but that I don’t need to reply to ASAP. Then every few days I pop in there and clear out all the emails!!

      xoxo

  • Sarah Magill

    So how many hours per day do you work on your business? What would you recommend if you only have 3 hours per day?

    • At the moment I spend between 6-8 hours/day working on my business!

      Regardless of how much time you have every day, I suggest spending at least 50% of your time working on “income-generating” activities – so things that either directly make you money, or will lead to money down the road. This includes things like: writing affiliate-rich blog posts, writing sponsored blog posts, reaching out to brands about collaborations, performing client work, etc. 🙂

  • Tina O

    What a wonderful schedule of your day. I’ve needed to find a way to feel accomplished and not stressed. Now I know I can find balance.

  • This is such a great summary! Been browsing the web to find a nice breakdown like this to learn from already successful bloggers. Thanks for sharing!

  • Fantastic post Krista! As a blogger who wants to go full time (one day), reading this post was so enjoyable.
    It’s absolutely fantastic to see that you are now making more time for yourself throughout the day & avoiding doing much work after dinner (from your previous daily schedule post).

    I work part-time at the moment as an Office Manager at a local childcare (yep, cute ‘lil babies) and find myself working 7am – 11am every weekday. This weekend I worked 22 hours to make up for the lack of time I have during the week. It’s really starting to get hard now & I’m questioning whether or not I’m ready to go full time yet all things considered.

    Any advice for a fellow blogger like me?
    Help Krista help! Ha!

    Elley Mae | Creative Blogger & Pro Photographer
    http://elleymae.com

  • E’Beth

    Totally cracking up – I’m reading this at 6:25 am because I am waking up early to get a handle on the day – reading this under the guise of my “me time”. My biggest hurdle is twofold and falls under the category of, “as soon as I learn this _____, I’ll be able to do this ____”. As a result, I am not productive and do not move forward.

    1. I have too many irons in the fire and don’t know which should be priority. Not to mention the rabbit holes that I fall down. e.g. Concentrate on actually being a blogger? This means I need to step up my game. Learn how to make graphics and photos. Learn how to list build, etc. OR concentrate on FB community. Time to pick my battles and get good at one – haha.

    2. I once read that you should brain dump your ideal day. Soooo I have countless wish lists of what that would look like without actually implementing ANY of it. I realize more and more that someday isn’t going to be here so it’s time to actually live that ideal day and see what happens.

    Thank you SO much! ?????

    • YES I love every single thing you’ve said here. The only way to achieve your “ideal day” is to start finding ways to live it out RIGHT NOW. No waiting! You know that cheesy old saying, “Happiness is a journey, not a destination”? Pretty much the exact same thing.

      Girl, have you thought about taking any online courses, hiring a mentor, or outsourcing some of the things that are on your to-do list to “learn”? There are SO many shortcuts you can take to start seeing results quicker. I have a course called Profit From Your Passion that’s opening up next week that might be perfect for you!

      • E’Beth

        LOL…yes, yes, and YES! I need all of the above, oh and actually taking some action would probably be good, too. ?. Just got on the wait list for next week. I promised myself I wouldn’t sign up for any.more.courses, but you definitely speak my language – haha. Looking forward to hearing more. ?

        • Bahahaha yes, taking action is always good 😉 I feel you though! Sometimes I find myself spending hours/days/weeks “learning” without actually implementing anything. Learning is obviously super important, but taking action HAS to come first. It’s so tough to find a perfect balance between the two!

          Woooooo get ready to pop some champagne bottles once PFYP opens next week! I’d love to have you join me inside! <3