How I Work From Home These Days – (A Day In The Life)
Someone asked me on Instagram the other day how I’m able to plan content and work consistently now that I have a toddler and a newborn. I thought it would be fun to do this little “day in the life” post because I always like reading other people’s and this way I can answer that question in a fun way. Here’s a quick look at how I work from home these days.
First of all, my job as a content creator is a little different than someone who has a 9-5, although given all the changes this and last year surrounding the pandemic, I think a lot of conventional work situations also look different these days. There aren’t many times when I’m “off,” although I could be by setting more boundaries. The truth is that I like the communities I’ve built – here and on Instagram, and I like interacting with you all. It’s generally a little quieter on here than on Instagram, where I can actually have live conversations with people, but I appreciate all the comments and emails that come from this corner of the internet as well.
I try and get as much work done as I can during the days when Miles goes to daycare – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This way I’m able to dedicate more attention and time to interacting with him on the other days that he’s home. Since Remy is still in her newborn stage, she really doesn’t need much care aside from feeding and changing. This allows me to get work done while she hangs out with me on my desk upstairs. Also keep in mind that this is a loose schedule and I may change things based on what needs to be done that day.
How I work from home may be different from other people, but here’s what works for me:
7 am – I wake up, feed Remy, get Miles his morning milk, then head up to his room to wake him up and get him ready for the day. I change him, grab his milk, then head out by 7:45 am to go to daycare. Thankfully, he gets breakfast and lunch at daycare, so I don’t have to worry about that, but he always wants his “me me” first thing when he wakes up. If I’m running late (hello newborn sleep deprivation), Neil will take on one of the other tasks such as feeding Remy or getting Miles ready to go.
8:30 am – If I don’t stop anywhere on the way back from daycare, I get home about 8:30 am. Sometimes I run errands in the morning, but generally I’ve been coming right back home so Neil can make me coffee — ha.
9 am – I’ve always loved slow mornings, so I take them whenever I can. These days, that looks like sitting on the couch and reading my daily news updates from my email, checking Instagram and responding to messages, and just sitting for a bit to enjoy my coffee. This helps me try and slowly start the work day after what feels a bit hectic in the routine of taking Miles to daycare.
10 am – Around 10 am, Remy needs to be fed again. She eats roughly every three hours and I wait for her to wake up and let me know when she’s hungry. She’s been great about that so far and I really just follow her lead. She still eats pretty slowly, so it takes maybe 30 minutes or so for her to finish her bottle, be burped, etc.
11 am – Lunch always varies, and I’m really thankful for Neil who seems to have taken over the food preparations in the house. My mind feels pretty occupied with two kids, a dog, and this business, so I tend to forget about proper lunch prep and am generally happy just scrounging around. Since Neil works from home, he has some flexibility and will either make lunch or we will order something.
12 pm – Most of my blog work happens in the afternoon because I’m someone who needs to really sit down and concentrate. I hate trying to write or plan things in bits and pieces because it all feels so disjointed to me. Although I’m more of a morning person and would love to get everything done then, it gets pretty broken up with driving, eating, and feeding, so afternoon is really the biggest uninterrupted chunk of time.
Each day is different, but I try my best to do a few of the following:
- plan out blog content on my master document I keep
- plan out IG content on a diff document
- take photos
- write posts (also I forgot about this post from 5 years ago, but still pretty relevant)
- write captions for IG
- check/send invoices
- update old content for SEO
- administrative tasks for blog
I work at the computer for awhile until I need to feed Remy again, then decide if I will stay there or do house chores. I typically vacuum and things on the weekends when I don’t do blog work, but there are still chores to be done during the week like making sure the dishes are cleaned up, the laundry done, cleaning Miles’ room, etc. Since I’m working on bonding with Remy, I’ll also try and carve out time to hold her, play with her, or take a nap with her on me since some days are definitely harder than others on the sleep front.
4:30 pm – Miles needs to be picked up from daycare at 5 pm, so I generally leave around 4:30 pm to get him.
5:30 pm – Get home with Miles, who loves to babble about anything and everything and we understand about 70% of it 🙂 He eats some dinner, then is generally in bed around 6 pm. Either Neil or I will tackle bedtime; it all depends on who is doing what. Some days he may still be working so I’ll do it or I’ll be worn out and ask him to. Either way, he’s pretty easy to get to bed.
6:30 pm – We have never really been big planned dinner people, so we often fend for ourselves when it comes time to eat. We’ll grab some dinner, then come together to hang out and talk about the day. If there’s a TV show we are into, we will watch that, start a movie, or stay off the TV altogether and talk to make sure we stay connected. Even though we are both in the same house all day, we are often doing different things and sometimes don’t interact much until the evening.
I try and stay off Instagram as much as possible during this evening time with Neil and only check it again before I go to bed. I don’t do it perfectly, but it’s helped me to set that boundary.
8:30 pm – Start getting ready for bed
9 pm – We try to be in bed around 9 pm – sometimes earlier, sometimes later. I bring the crib into the bedroom (it’s on wheels) and feed Remy one last time before putting her down to sleep. That way we are able to get as much sleep as possible before it’s time to get up again for another feeding.
So that’s a rough look at a day when Miles is at daycare which is when I’m able to be most productive with work. As far as consistency, it’s really just about making a plan and sticking to it for me. If I don’t plan, I often get overwhelmed with every possible thing I could be doing and then don’t really do any of them.
Making a content calendar has been a lifesaver, and the fact that I worked to get ahead of content before the baby came really helped out. I’m trying to continue that trend and continue working ahead of the calendar, so hopefully I can keep to that. I’m sure this schedule will change as Remy gets older and needs more attention, but right now how I work from home is really convenient for me!
If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments!