I felt like writing something a bit different for today’s post. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’ve got an unhealthy obsession with morning routines because I am one of those people who watch tonnes of them on Youtube, looking for a way to absorb all that productivity into my own life. Of course, just watching those videos doesn’t help me all that much. I actually have to do stuff too, urgh.
As well as being a fiction writer, I am also a freelance writer full-time. I work with businesses to provide website content including blog posts to help drive traffic to their site and build authority. You can learn a bit more about what I do here. Of course, when you work from home it’s easy to get side-tracked and unmotivated so I’ve become a little obsessed with routines and productivity over the past year.
So, in this post, I’ve put together an average routine of a writer who works from home in case anyone was wondering what you get up to as a freelance writer. It’s not the most perfect or healthy routine perhaps but it’s a realistic one for me.
Keeping a routine is something I, and many other people struggle with because there’s no guarantee that every day will be consistent. However, what I’ve found useful first of all is waking up earlier and secondly, giving myself a deadline for the morning.
My morning is my most important part of the day
Most people have a morning deadline in the form of a job to go to, but since I work from home, it’s really easy to let your morning blend into the rest of the day. You don’t think it’ll happen but one day you realise it’s 2 pm and you’re still in a dressing gown. We’ve all been there.
For me, my deadline for the morning. My partner likes to sleep later than I do so the dog and I go and wake him up in the morning.
Up until then, the rest of the morning is for me to do what I will. Sometimes, I waste that time, not going to lie, other times I’m more productive and can knock out a chapter and/or blog post.
Daily routine of a writer who works from home full-time
While this routine of a writer is not rigid and I don’t hit everything on the list every day, this is what I’m aiming for most days.
6:00 AM – Wake Up
For the past couple of weeks, I have stopped using an alarm to wake me up. While that means I might not wake up at exactly 6:00 AM, it’s usually around that time. I have a puppy sleeping in the bedroom, and he wakes up at a pretty consistent time which wakes me up. So, I guess I have a fluffy alarm clock.
6:30 AM – Actually wake up
Eventually, I get out of bed as quietly as I can to avoid waking up my partner who prefers to sleep in. I make sure the pets go out and then I’ll play with the puppy for a few minutes because that’s his number one priority in the morning. I also make sure I get a coffee or tea because caffeine.
7:00 AM – Start writing
I try to get some fiction writing done as soon as I get up and before my brain has a chance to protest. I am pretty bad at reminding myself to write during the rest of the day – everything gets in the way so mornings are the perfect time to get some writing done. I’ll usually do about half an hour unless I’m on a roll.
7:30 AM – Work on blog
Blogging is something else I regularly neglect so the mornings are a good time to get something done at least. I will typically draft up a post or finish off one from the previous day. I’ll also create a quick graphic and do some on-page SEO when I upload to WordPress. If I hit Publish, I’ll also make sure I am scheduling a couple of social media posts to let people know about the new post on Twitter and Pinterest.
8:00 AM – Get ready for the day
Finally, I actually get ready for the day so I head to the bathroom and do my stuff, including a little skincare routine.
My partner likes being woken up in the mornings so I take the puppy up to say hello while trying to avoid him jumping on the sleeping man’s head. We chill for a bit and then I get ready to walk the dog.
8:30 AM – Dog walk
It’s time for a dog walk. Not much to say here. I will usually try and find Micah’s friends so he can have a good run.
9:00 AM – Breakfast
I don’t always eat breakfast but recently I’ve been having a bit of granola or porridge and we’ll chill for a bit before it’s time to work.
10:00 AM – Start work
Me and my partner are both freelance writers who work from home so around this time we both head upstairs to the office and see what we’ve got scheduled for the day. We use Asana for a joint calendar and we assign work to each other.
12:00 PM – Lunch
We usually have lunch at around 12, 12:30 depending on how busy we are. We head downstairs to get something to eat and watch some TV. I used to always eat at my desk but Chris has tried to break that bad habit. We need to step away from the PCs.
We also take this time to give Micah some attention and playtime to keep him occupied and exercised. Luckily for us, he has really calmed down in the past couple of months so he sleeps a lot of the day.
1:00 PM – Back to work
We head back to work and finish off some pieces or start new ones. Our work routine can vary because there are busy and not-so-busy days. Our finish time can vary between 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
5:30 PM – Walk Micah
Time for another dog walk around this time. Sometimes it’s a bit earlier if we’ve finished early.
6:00 PM – Cook
I do most of the cooking so it’s time to make a hopefully healthy meal. I’ve been eating a lot of stews and curries lately to get a load of veg in there.
Once all that’s done, I mostly relax for the rest of the evening and play with the puppy. If I’m feeling productive or restless, I’ll work on my novel or blog around this time too or do some business tasks.
My latest routine I’m trying out again is to get in bed by 9:30 PM and read. I want to avoid technology for at least half an hour before bed because I know it’s not great for you. Plus, this is a good time to squeeze some daily reading in. However, it’s so easy to just binge something on Netflix until 11 pm, so it’s all a working progress.
There you have it. That’s my overall typical routine of a writer for the day. It’s not hugely exciting but that’s me on a good day where I get everything I want to do done.
If you’re interested in becoming a freelance writer yourself, I have a post that you might find helpful: How to Start a Freelance Writing Business
Do you have a typical or ideal daily routine to ensure you get everything done during the day? What would your routine of a writer look like if things were perfect? Let me know what yours looks like in the comments.