I believe a term for someone who works for themselves from home on a laptop is “Solopreneur”. I resemble this definition as a freelance writer. I am a social media content writer who created her own job since the economy failed to produce a viable option within a reasonable time frame. I like to think my choice to write resulted from creative problem solving. Reading, writing, and fine art, have always been a part of my life so it made sense to stick with what I know. Some people express their doubts about the ability to step outside the general 40 hour, 9 to 5, set location career. I like my way better and absolutely stand behind it.
I get out of bed around 6:30 or 7:00am in the spring and summer, and around 8:30am in the fall and winter. Sunlight is my waking catalyst. As long as I determine my own hours, that scenario makes the most sense to me. I wash my face, brush my teeth, make a bowl of cereal with a cup of coffee, and sit down in front of my laptop to begin the day. Always intending to sip coffee while perusing my emails and checking social media, I continue on into article research and writing to find it is 2:00pm already and I missed lunch.
I sit at my kitchen table and it is often cluttered with mail and sticky notes, maybe the occasional snack food wrapper, bottle of water, and often, breakfast dishes, still sitting there. I sit in my pajamas while working because it is a luxury not to be pressed for time and have to dress for work. I take full advantage of that aspect of my job. By the 2:00pm missed lunch time (yes, a quick bite in front of the computer), I am ready for one of three things:
- A scheduled appointment with a client requiring a shower and proper attire
- Errands to run with shower optional. change out of pajamas
- A workout at the gym with a definite shower and change afterward
Some writers have a talisman of some kind on their desk to keep them company or remind them of their purpose. The closest thing I have to that is my Alpaca teddy bear. My sister and I mail it back and forth to each other depending on who is having a bigger emotional crisis. He’s been with me for a while, but I think it’s her turn now. This bear would be the day-shift talisman, replaced after 5:00pm with the occasional glass of wine.
I sit and work silently, no music or TV, and sometimes, my boyfriend who works from home as a consultant, chimes in from the other side of the table to ask a question or make a remark that I only halfway hear. He will go to the gym with me or tag along on errands to step back from the computer for a bit, stretch the legs, and attempt to recover the eyes ability to focus long distance.
Quick food solutions for the afternoon would be cereal, soup, and crackers with or without cheese. I am a “carb-0-holic” and need to be prompted to eat protein. Eggs for breakfast, tuna for lunch, and a yogurt for a snack, would be a goal for me to work on. I will eat more meat in the winter time though, preferably in the form of stew or meatloaf, chicken and fish with rice and vegetables. A healthy lifestyle is important to me. Afternoons, include working again on an article, research, or social media maintenance.
I like to relish my quiet evenings with dinner in front to the TV while enjoying my latest Netflix series “binge-watching” selection. american Horror Story is one I recently finished on the heels of The Walking Dead. I don’t usually gravitate to gore, it just worked out that way. Whether I like it or not, once I start a series, I need to see how it ends. The same rule applies to books for me. I will not set it aside until it is done no matter how terribly it might be written. I once read a book called, “And Something Happened” in which literally nothing happened throughout the entire thing. I had to be sure there wasn’t some unlikely surprise waiting in the last paragraph.
So these are my standard rituals ending once again in my pajamas around a 10:30pm bedtime. I will be interested to see posts of similar stories of all professions with a “Day in the Life” examples. I had fun with this post on a Saturday afternoon recovering from a cold! It is a reply to a post on LinkedIn.com, “Just a Day in a Freelancer’s Life” by Tamara Luzajic.