A post for which I always get inquiries is a “Day in the Life” post. I’ve shared these in the past (2018 here, 2017 here), but so much has changed since I shared these days. And when our little girl arrived later in the spring, I thought I should tell what a day looks like before my schedule is turned upside down! I even convinced Finn to take part in the fun, and next week he’ll be sharing his “Day in Life 2020” showing him juggling a full-time job and helping me blog.
I am someone who lives from routine and order. So it can be difficult to have a job that can be found anywhere. Fortunately, I found out how it works for me. Here are some tips I gave on work from home and another one on how I plan my week as a full-time blogger. These are both great posts if you are someone who thrives in an organized environment!
A day in Casey’s life
Let’s dive into a random day of the week for me today. My days are constantly changing, but that would be a typical Tuesday for me.
Rise & shine
7:00 am: My alarm clock goes off and I jump out of bed. I’m not someone who presses the snooze button. When I’m up, I’m up. I try to get up around 7:00 am every morning, but when I exercise in our basement, I get up around 6:30 am or if we have a late night, I could sleep a little longer. It’s a luxury that I don’t have to be in the office at a set time every day, and I’m so thankful for my flexible mornings.
I go to the bathroom and prepare for the day. I wash my face, brush my teeth, put some curls in my hair (I showered and washed yesterday) and wiped some makeup. I usually only wear concealers, mascara and bronzers since most people don’t see me (except for you on Instagram stories!). I’ve found that preparing for the day makes me a lot more productive, even though I work from home.
7:30 a.m .: I go down the stairs to our living room and open all the blinds to let the sun in. I turn on the TODAY show, wipe the sofa cushions and wipe the living room and kitchen to make sure everything looks good. I also empty the dishwasher and wipe the worktops.
Finns cooks food on Sundays and he made me a vegetable frittata for the week. I heat it up and add some avocado and salsa. I pour myself a glass of water to wash down all my morning supplements. I also sip the green juice I crave every morning. It’s a little bit sour and full of vegetables, so I feel like I have a good start to the day.
While eating my breakfast, I jump on the computer and tidy up my personal and playbook email inboxes. I make sure the daily mail looks good on the desktop and on the phone. I then share the post on Facebook, Instagram stories and Pinterest. I also reply to direct messages and comments on yesterday’s blog post and Instagram post.
8:00 am: Finn comes down the stairs and we take our morning shot. I suffer from blood thinning (Lovenox) every morning for my pregnancy and we have to inject it into my stomach. After three years, Finn has become so good at giving shots. He always gets everything out and prepares for me and I only present him with my stomach! Since my bulge is getting bigger, I have now switched to the areas with the love handles for the recordings. This has resulted in further bruising for me, making my stomach a little purple. It’s not the cutest, but it’s all so worth it!
I say goodbye to Finn and he goes to work. When he leaves, I go upstairs and tidy up our room. I am the kind of person who has to make the bed every day. I also open the blinds in the room, put laundry in our baskets, and make sure everything is where it’s supposed to be on our second level. I find it difficult to go to work when the house is in disarray. So it is very helpful if I take some time in the morning to put every room in order. Anyone else?
Get to work
8:30 am: Since we are in the middle of renovating our office, I work in our kitchen on the island. Our chairs are actually super comfortable, so it’s not a bad job. I turn on our Sonos and listen to the Spotify playlist “Nancy Meyers’ Kitchen”. You gave me so many great playlist recordings in this post, but I keep finding myself returning to this playlist. I like to have some music in the background while I work.
I used a large whiteboard to plan my week, but switched to last year Trello, I love it so much because I can access it from anywhere … on my phone or desktop. It’s also easy to postpone tasks if I haven’t done something and have to postpone it until the next day. I reserve Friday afternoon for planning my week in advance (more on this here). This way I always have a set list of tasks for that particular work day. If I just sat down and tried to work without it, I wouldn’t do much! I would say I work between 9 and 11 hours from Monday to Friday. Then on weekends we usually do up to 8 hours of DIY on Saturday and I get about 4 hours of computer work on Sunday. It’s a lot, but I love it.
I like to write blog posts in the morning because then I do my best work. I’m trying to work on my editorial calendar about two weeks in advance. That’s why I’m writing a post this morning that will go online in two weeks. It’s about the furniture I chose for our renovation. I already have all the photos and assets I need, so it takes me about an hour and a half to write the post. My mother is the official “Playbook editor”. When I’ve finished publishing, I’ll send her an email to review when she has time. She is the best cutter ever and avoids many typing errors here.
10:00 a.m: After sitting for so long, I make an Instagram story about the daily post. I always look forward to talking about the daily blog post and giving my followers a look behind the scenes. Today’s post looks at our integrated offices. So I’m going to take a quick tour of the room and show the progress we’ve made. It’s a great way to get more people to read the post, and I can answer all direct questions directly on Instagram.
10:30 am: I have a conference call with a brand I’m working with for our upcoming nursery design. We’ll talk about the results of the sponsored blog posts I’m going to publish and review the dates my posts will be published. I always think it’s easier to talk to someone on the phone than to go back and forth 100 times with email.
11:00 o’clock: I’m starving, so I’m pulling down a banana to fortify myself until noon. My contractor Patrik then comes over to take a few measurements in the nursery. His team will install the fixtures there, so we’ll review the plans and determine the date of installation (the closets will arrive next week!).
When he leaves, I sit down to get some things for kindergarten. I am looking for a large vintage carpet for the room and a chandelier. I check my online sources and create a large list of potential winners for the room. I take some measurements up there to further narrow things down and then put a reminder on my Trello board to show Finn the options later that evening. He usually lets me run with a design, but I like doing things from him first.
12:15 p.m .: I longed for salads during this pregnancy. Fresh and crispy sounds so good! There is this one salad from a restaurant in my home town (Gastons) that I always want to have. I’ve done my best to recreate it, and although it’s not the same, it will do the job! This salad consists of a spring mix, walnuts, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese (pasteurized, don’t worry), sliced pears and chicken, which is tossed in a sesame-ginger dressing. While I’m not cooking, I can easily chop a few items and throw them together.
I sit down for lunch and take some time to respond to comments on the blog and social networks. I also read some of my favorite blogs and save some links to my favorite articles to share in the upcoming break room post. A brand sends me a contract for review. So I spend about ten minutes checking him out to make sure we’re all on the same page.
1:00 pm: I try to do my job in batch to manage my time more efficiently. I have to take a few photos for upcoming blog posts, so I’m trying to get them all done in one fell swoop. I take out my camera, lens and tripod You can find all of my photographic equipment here) and then I go around the house and take the pictures that I have to take. I always try to take some fresh, pretty photos of my home for Instagram, so I spend some time shaking styles, pillows, and getting things out of the way to get the perfect shot.
Today I also get some pictures. It’s always difficult because I’m a one-man band and I don’t have anyone around to take these pictures. I set up the recording on my tripod and then use it this remote control to snap the pictures. I usually move and take a lot with me because you never know what might work. I’ve really loved photography for the past seven years. I’m definitely not a professional, but it’s a great skill and I’m happy to be able to take pictures of our baby.
When I’m working on a project or taking photos, I try to get videos and pictures behind the scenes for Instagram stories. It’s easy for me to forget this, but I’m trying to get better!
3:00 p.m .: I sit down and upload all the photos to my computer to edit them. I use clearance When I edit images (tutorial here), it takes me a little time to edit all of them, organize them into folders on my desktop, and upload them to the folder WordPressand saved on my hard drive. I also upload some of my favorite pictures to my phone to save them for Instagram.
16.30 o’clock: At the end of the day, I take some time to tidy up my inbox, respond to comments, and prepare for the day ahead as I engage in Trail Mix. Finn and I have other DIY projects on the books this weekend, and tomorrow night we’ll go to Lowes to buy supplies. So I review the steps for our upcoming project, make a list of the things we need, and send a reminder of his calendar that we’ll be shopping tomorrow.
5:45 pm: I look at my watch and notice that I have to put on some workout clothes when I come to the yoga class. Fortunately, it’s a three-minute drive from my house so I can get there on time.
6:00 p.m .: I do prenatal yoga once a week during my pregnancy and I love it (I go to Wildlight Yoga when you are there!). It’s not the hardest class in the world (I don’t get so sweaty …) but I love to stretch and take time to get in touch with my baby.
7:15 p.m .: I go home from yoga and find that Finn has just walked through the door. He often works later (he’ll tell more about his schedule next week!), So I’m so happy to see his face when I get home. We are catching up on our days when he heats up some of the food he prepared on Sunday (I say yes, the food preparation saves us!). We eat roasted broccoli, sweet potatoes and chicken and I pour some marinara over mine. Delicious
8:00 pm: We go to the couch and look around on TV. We both love the New Amsterdam show, so let’s watch the last episode we recorded. I sneak into the pantry and find all the sour candies that we have on hand (I want to have all sour things these days). I’m glad we added sour gummy bears on our weekend trip to the grocery store, so I take them while we watch TV (and I also answer comments on Instagram during the show).
9:30 pm: I go up to bed to read something. I have read a lot of books about parents and babies lately. I’m reading now The confident parent and really dig it.
10:00 in the afternoon: I am writing Finn to put me to bed (hahaha, I could scream for him in our old apartment, but our house is too big now!). He comes up and gets dressed our white noise machine and humidifier, closes the curtains and puts me in. He puts me in every night and it’s the best way to end my day. I cuddle up with my pregnancy body pillow (I may never be able to give up this thing!) And digress within minutes.
There you have it … my day in life 2020!
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