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    I’m terribly scattered. I have serious trouble navigating my day. So, I ask you, freelancers, artists, sickees, and other stay-at-home types, how do you navigate your average work day? I mean this as specifically as possible. Do you make breakfast before or after the shower? When do you eat? How "fully dressed" do you get? How much do you internet browse? What do you do to keep yourself on track? It’s so difficult to remember to shower and eat and work without grinding myself into a ball of knot and remember to give myself some relax time.

    I intend to make for myself a daily checklist, and I’d like it to be as efficient as possible. If you could itemize your every task that a productive day entails, what would it be?

    What makes your day?
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2014 edited
    I do not live/work in any sort of a healthy manner. But I'm also the type who once broke it off with someone for suggesting that I try to turn my phone off while I was spending the evening with him. Also, I cancel dinner plans all the time to go print or work on something.

    -I set an alarm for when I want to wake up. Check phone & answer anything that came through while I was sleeping (I deal with international branches for Sketchy's, so there's always something that needs addressing). Then I'll roll around in bed trying to actually wake up (this can involve hitting the snooze button approx 20 times).

    -Then wake up and cook/eat a very big breakfast of mostly protein stuff (eggs, sausage, avocado, quinoa, black beans). I can't focus on eating unless I'm watching a tv show or something, because I will keep responding to things online otherwise and it'll go cold.

    -Then do my computer work. I'll schedule interviews for after breakfast and try to get all my phone calls/whatever I need to do during business hours. If I find myself checking social media too much, I'll generally log out of it to try to avoid it, and only access it via my phone when I'm on breaks. It's when I'll get invoices out or check on payments... basic business management stuff that isn't creative.

    -When I get hungry again and I'll make myself a smallish meal. Usually a salad or reheat leftovers or something quick to prepare. More watching stuff, reading articles, responding to social medias, etc.

    -I'll do semi-focused work at this point. Writing longer emails to people I've been putting off, sketching out stuff, researching something, etc. The emails start to peter off and so I won't be distracted by those things. If I need to clean my apartment or go to the grocery store or other house-y things I plan to do them around now too. (This is also when I'll go to my studio, but when I get there it's really all about setting up everything for printing - adjusting files, fixing separations, shooting screens, cutting paper, mixing ink, etc). It's half faffing, half working as I settle down. I find myself taking breaks a lot during this time and being really restless.

    -Depending on my previous meal, at this point it's either a full dinner or just eat endless snacking foods (chips and salsa/hummus or something). I have also taken naps at this point, if I didn't get much sleep, making sure that I'm up again by 10-11pm.

    -Because late at night is when I hit my full focus projects. Usually no one is going to bother me, cause it's when they're out drinking at bars or they're watching tv shows or preparing for sleep, depending on the time. I'll get into art projects, tackle a piece of code that's been broken for a while, or get into the long haul of screenprinting.

    My days usually run from around 10-11am (when I'm in my waking dawn) and can end anywhere from 4am-7am. When I'm stressed, my breaks in between can go on for a few hours due to anxiety and it'll be hard to reel it back in to do work. Or sometimes I'll be in the middle of working and just get distracted by social medias & procrastination.
    I go into my printshop at least once a week, which is when I'll usually be up until 6am-7am, have at least 3 of these days of straight working at the desk (showers only happen if I'm leaving the house, I'll usually just wear a robe and shuffle about the apartment if I'm not going anywhere because it seems like a waste to put on clothing or just keep on whatever clothes I woke up in/started my day with) and I have one evening that around 9-10pm I'll go out and see someone/have my main dude come see me. I try to take a day and a half off for proper "weekend break" though I'll usually bring my laptop with me to answer some emails for an hour that couldn't be done from my phone.

    It's really structured as though I have a day job that just has no commute, then I attend my creative, personal work at night. Or else I sacrifice that to go see people. Looking at it spread out on this post, I might see if I can change things up, since my biggest is gripe is that I spend too much time on all the business stuff and not enough doing the actual production work. It's kind of the only work structure I've known, which is probably why I fell into it.
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    Oh WOW. Thank you so very much for that; especially the explanation of all the choices you've made! That is amazing, and just what I was looking for.

    (And thank you for making me feel like less of a creep for rarely getting properly dressed; I often think of the pointlessness considering it's unlikely that anyone will even see me, and washing is only going to cost money and weather my clothing. I'm going to seek out a decadent house robe.)

    I may have to try and teach myself biphasic sleep and follow a similar schedule that you describe, because I've always been a night person, but so much of my calling and arranging and just LIFE DOING needs more access to business hours. I am in a constant panic of THINGS TO DO, and I'm really really trying to get my shit together so I'm not so frustrated and stressed. Being a person that wakes in the late afternoon definitely has to end, because I end up in a panic from the moment I wake to get something done before everything closes.
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    As someone who works in the field as it were, I would wholeheartedly recommend getting changed into work clothes. It puts you in the right mindset to do work rather than piss around on social media etc.

    Another good technique I've learnt is that when ever I have a bunch of computer based work to do, I'll do it in a coffee shop rather than at home, as I am again less likely to piss about
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2014
    As much as I like my big expensive computer rig and its monitors for making games, I am completely ineffectual at working at home. I do have a regular day job, but on the occasion I get time to work on my own projects it is still really important to get out of the house.
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    I am considering trudging to the Library that's just three or four blocks away on days that I'm doing lots of computer stuff; it's another incentive of not being a night person. Oh, how I long for an all night cafe!
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2014
    This is a wonderful post. It's good to see what other's are thinking/doing. I do not work at home exclusively, but I have a large part of each day after my commute/job/commute that I spend working on my writing and it used to be very easy not to get anything done. I depend on this segment of my day and it used to be easy to blow it off or dawdle it away. Same with days off, where I pretty much want to spend as much time possible orchestrating my time for maximum results. Everyone is different but personally I 100% agree with two things Scrymeour said that are very important to my workflow - I change clothes after work or get dressed on days off from the 'job' before beginning to write. It helps me feel as though it's a different segment of time/mental space and it very clearly delineates my time. Second, I also often go to a coffee shop. I actually ritualize this a bit, and begin each 'ritual' with a little gesture meant to be my theoretical 'swiping of the time clock once I enter the coffee shop and procure my beverage.

    Author Joe Hill recently wrote a very helpful entry about this here.
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    Subbing... what I have been doing is not going to work with a need to actually generate some income, or with a need for non-disturb time for recording (unless I can get the apparently mythical income sorted in which case I shall run away and buy studio time!) There is a need for change, and I need to ensure that I get out in daylight because I get so miserable without it!
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2014
    I have discovered that wrap dresses make an excellent "not a house coat but still not the effort of real clothes" day wear, if you should feel inclined.

    Secondly, if you want a ridiculous list of every famous person's living schedule, I picked up this book:

    Which is basically a book on exactly what you're asking about based on artists, writers, etc. It also shows where some people just worked insanely hard through day jobs and bad living situations and others were just mindblowingly privileged.
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    I use an app called 30/30 on my phone to create a schedule, so i don't miss lunch and the like, but that's for the weekend mostly i work full time and freelance, the jobs at the moment are fun. so my mon-fri routine would be up at up at 7 go for a cycle, shower, eat/tea, walk to work, work is 9.30-5.30, then home decompress and get to work on freelance stuff, two projects at the mo, one is i get sent stuff and have 3-7 days to colour some images, if that's on an off week the other project is concepts and much longer time frame. weekends are more laid back, and are set a goal with the deadline taken into account, and use the app i mentiuoned to remind me about lunch/dinner and meetings.

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