What does the day in the life of a content assistant look like? Here, I go behind the scenes and show you what a weekday in my life often looks like.
It was an eye-opening experience writing this, because while I don’t heavily structure my days in general, there is a definite pattern!
I wanted to write this primarily just to share with you what a day in my life looks like because I know a few people in my community are interested in it. But as I was drafting it, I had a couple of epiphanies:
By writing out a day I was able to analyse it
I’ve had some serious realisations about where I’m often sabotaging my own content creation and delivery, and now have a list of things to work on.
Hello World! 7 – 8 am
Like a lot of people, a day in my life starts with coffee!
Then, there’s showering and getting dressed and usually a little bit of tidying up – because I have a toddler and two cats, my partner and I struggle to stay on top of it all.
Setting myself up for success 8 – 9 am
Working! Here I usually tackle Steven Covey quadrant two type work – e.g. the stuff that isn’t urgent, but is important. So, this is often where I’ll write blogs, newsletters, etc.
I’m a “morning person”, so my brain is usually best at this time.
Firefighting 9 – 10 am
Emails and anything urgent. Around 9 am I usually look at my emails and deal with the urgent things. I’ll also start client work around this time. I look at my to-do list from yesterday and my emails and prioritise my client related tasks, whether it’s writing, scheduling, creating.
Then, I get into it!
Breakfast and client work 10 am – 1 pm
Breakfast/brunchfast and client work.
I know! “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. But here’s the thing: if I eat too soon after getting, I feel sick. Yup. It’s a thing.
So, I usually wait to have breakfast and it’s usually around the 10am mark.
I usually eat this meal at my desk and get deep into client work. I’d like to say I don’t check email throughout the day, but I do. Usually I’m waiting on emails for content or go-aheads, or any number of things.
Stop! Lunch time 1 – 2 pm
Lunch! I usually eat lunch around 1pm. I try not to eat at my desk. But who am I kidding,this often happens.
Couch or cafe time 2 – 4 pm
My office is actually in a corner of our bedroom. At the moment, my toddler naps at around 2pm, so it’s easier if I evacuate and work in lounge room or head to a cafe.
Sometimes, I’ll take my kid to the park at around 3.30-4pm.
The final stretch 4 – 6 pm
Depending on the day I either finish up here and spend some quality time with my family before dinner, or I cloister myself away again in my office to finish up a few things.
The evening 6 – 9 pm
There’s dinner and sometimes an episode or two of a TV show. My child will have a bath and be in bed by about 8pm. Sometimes I’ll work for another hour or so, but usually I’m asleep by about 10 ish.
And that’s what a day in my life currently looks like!
Things I want to improve on
I hadn’t actually stopped and catalogued my day like this before. It’s utterly fascinating to see my patterns, my habits, flaws and all. So, here are things I’ve uncovered about my day that I want to improve on.
I know that my creative brain is better switched on when I’m more physically active, so I’m going to trial moving more. I used to love doing some of the Neila Rey workouts (visual guides) and you can find them on the DAREBEE website.
I’m sure I can find ways to get outdoors more often too.
Be more protective about my 8 am to 9 am time.
My clients are everything to me and their success is absolutely crucial to me and what I do. But currently, I let my client projects overrun my own business growth projects. This, in the long run means I can’t serve more people and make a bigger difference. So, I’m stating here, to the world, that I’m going to be more protective of this these 5 hours a week, because that’s key.
What do your days normally look like? I’d love to know! Anyone else have that weird issue where they can’t eat too soon after waking up? Or is it just me?