What Does My Working Day Look Like?

What Does My Working Day Look Like? I get asked quite regularly what my working day looks like. I work from home, so what sort of structure do I have? Do I sleep till 10am every day? Do I hang out in pyjamas? Do I work from the sofa? These things might all seem like the ultimate goal for a work life, but the reality is that my work day couldn't look more different from that!

7am Tom, my partner, works in an office a few minutes away from our house. He starts work at 8am during the week, so naturally he needs to get up early. Lucky for me, I'm an early riser; I always have been! So every morning our alarm goes off at 7am, we get up, Tom heads off to work, I eat my breakfast (pancakes every morning - yes, really!), and then I get dressed. You might think: "Surely you can just hang out in pyjamas all day!" Yes, I could, but the reality is that I don't actually feel half as productive if I do that. The act of putting real clothes on takes me out of "chillax" mode, and into work mode.

8am-2pm Generally, I'm at my desk in our home office by 8am. Sometimes it's 8:30am, but who's checking?! All you need to know is that most days, I'm in my office by 8am, and tend not to move until 2pm. Of course, this changes day to day. If I have a shoot all day, I won't be at my desk at all. If I've got a meeting to go to, I'll leave for that. But if I'm having a work at home day (like I am today!), I sit at my desk, and I don't move. What am I doing for those 6 hours? Emails, editing, financial planning, planning social media, research, writing a blog post. You name it, I'm probably doing it.

2pm-5pm I'm my most productive in the morning. Generally, after 2pm, my brain isn't as active or able to cope with big tasks. That might sound really weird, but it's how I've always been. No, I don't just stop working at 2pm; I carry on until 4:30-5pm when Tom comes home. However, I tend to keep these last few hours of the day for tasks I find easier/more fun. That might be editing, doing a module in the business course that I'm doing, or putting moodboards together for future shoots.

5pm-10:30pm I try my hardest to end my work day by 5pm. I'm usually successful, but some days I'll carry on working later. It totally depends how tired/excited I am about something (or if I've got a deadline). But I try to keep these hours as time for myself, and time with Tom. I'll go to the gym, cook us dinner, have a bath, watch TV, or just relax! I find it incredibly hard to switch off, but generally, once I've shared my evening Instagram post (usually around 6pm), I put my phone down, and try not to pick it up again until the next day. By 10:30pm, it's lights out!

So there you go; a little insight into how my day works! Do you have a similar routine that you like to stick to? Or do you prefer to let each day be different?

What Does My Working Day Look Like?

When You Burn Out

Sunset Fields Last week I had a bit of a burn out. Atlas was doing really well (but requiring a lot of time), work was busy, and I was feeling overwhelmed. I've always got so much on my mind between my part time job and Atlas that sometimes it becomes all too much. I usually don't realise I'm exhausted until I hit full on burn out. This is how it goes down:

  1. Olivia comes home grumpy
  2. Olivia begins to cry about something stupid
  3. Olivia eats a lot of dark chocolate
  4. Olivia goes to sleep
  5. Olivia wakes up still tired, and decides that actually, Olivia needs to have a day off
  6. Olivia takes the day off, feels a bit guilty about it, but actually feels great

All truth. That's how it pans out. It's a brutal experience. *Sorry Tom.*

I'm working on taking things easier, and allowing myself at least one day off a week. It's easier said than done; when you run your own business that you're working really hard to build and improve on, it's always on your mind. Work in progress is better than nothing though, right?

So what do I do when I'm having some time off (or just a bit of a more relaxed day)?

  • Go for a walk. Theres so many places to go in Cornwall that theres never "no where to go." Getting fresh air does me so much good, and really lets me clear my head.
  • Read a magazine. I know, I know, this may sound like work because my job is running a magazine... but theres nothing more relaxing than sitting down with a new magazine and getting absorbed by beautiful images and words.
  • Watch TV. I don't do this a lot, but I make sure to sit down and watch The Great British Bake Off every Wednesday night. I can't watch TV in the day time, because I feel like I'm wasting valuable time to be doing something else (there I go again! work work work) but after dinner in the evenings, it calms me right down.
  • Work out. Most people will say I'm nuts for finding a work out relaxing, but it's actually one thing I find helps the most. When I had said burn out I mentioned earlier, I has a personal training session booked in for that day. Needless to say I didn't feel like going, but once I was there and we got going, I felt revived. It was probably that session which gave me back my energy!
  • Bake. There's a reason this blog exists!
  • Meditation. I have a history of panic attacks (more on that another day), and did a few sessions of hypnotherapy to help me get over them. It was after doing these and noticing how big a difference it made that I began to meditate. I can't say I do it a lot, but when I'm feeling really panicky or stressed and need to calm right down, I find a guided meditation on Youtube, or use the app Headspace. 
  • Call my mum. Talking to someone about how you're feeling, or what ever it is that's stressing you out is really helpful.
  • Write. I never used to enjoy writing, and I don't think I'm particularly good at it, but there's something quite therapeutic about it (this isn't a break through by the way, theres a reason people have kept diaries for centuries). This blog stems from that.

What do you do when you need to relax? Let me know if you have any advice for me!