Hey guys!! Today, I’m bringing to you a post that I’ve personally waited to be making for YEARS: it’s my part in the blog tour for Abbie Emmons’ NEW BOOK, 100 Days of Sunlight!!! I’ve been following Abbie for about 4 years now: she is so inspirational as a blogger/indie author/self-employer (and she has a KILLER Instagram page, check it out if you haven’t already!!), and I’ve been WAITING for her to publish her book for SO LONG. I’m SO EXCITED because that day is finally here, and I’m super honored to be a part of her blog tour!
So today, as part of the blog tour, we have a guest post from Abbie, with a Productive Day in the Life as an Author! Take it away, Abbie!
A Productive Day in the Life as an Author, by Abbie Emmons
I’ve always been obsessed with productivity. Even when I was a little kid, I loved making task lists (though you couldn’t have called them “tasks” back then, haha) and to this day I’m always on the lookout for new ways to improve my output and make the most of my time.
Now that I’m a published author (!!!) there are even more demands on my attention – so many problems to solve and not enough time to solve them. Needless to say, I’ve had to be more diligent than ever when it comes to managing my time.
Before we go any further, I want to give a big THANK YOU to Hanne for inviting me to guest post on her lovely blog today! We’re going to talk about time management – what a productive day in my author life looks like. Let’s go!
Let’s begin at the beginning of the day. Mornings are essential because they are the time I feel the freshest and most energetic. Making sure my day gets off on the right foot is critical to staying happy and creative throughout the afternoon and evening. A bad morning usually leads to a bad day – but a good morning can lead to a wonderful day.
When I first wake up – regardless of what season of life I’m in and what projects I’m currently working on – I never miss my morning routine of tea and journaling.
I love to journal because it’s a great way to get all your feelings, hopes, and worries out of your head and onto the page. I tend to bottle up emotions too much, or pile on more work so I don’t stop and think about what’s bothering me – but journaling has helped me to quietly address emotional issues without stressing over them. It also helps me sort out problems with my goals or habits by self-reflecting objectively.
After showering and eating a healthy breakfast, I sit down to begin my work for the day (with another cuppa, of course). Many of you might already know that I’m obsessed with calendar blocking. (I usually calendar block my day the night before, so we’ll get to that at the end of this post.) The morning block of my calendar is always reserved for the most time-sensitive tasks (ie: anything that will matter tomorrow if I don’t get it done today). This might include editing a video for my YouTube channel, sending books off to someone, doing an interview, creating a promotion, or anything in between!
I work on stuff like this from 8:00 to 12:30, then I pause and take a half hour break for lunch.
Afternoon tasks are important, but not as time-sensitive (ie: anything that will matter next week if I don’t get it done this week). Afternoons are sometimes difficult for me to push through, as I start to lose focus around hour 7 of working. That’s part of the reason why I like to make my afternoon tasks not quite as important as my morning tasks. The pressure isn’t as intense, and if I don’t accomplish everything on my list, it’s okay because there’s always tomorrow!
My last work-related task for the day is usually answering emails and DMs. I do this after everything else because I’m an introvert. (Ha!) Interacting with people (even via email) takes quite a bit of energy, so I don’t like to spend a lot of my “battery life” on that first thing in the morning. After all, it doesn’t require my most creative energy, so I’ve found that late afternoon is a good time to get this done.
Around 4:30 p.m., I usually break for yoga. It’s nice to move my body after sitting in front of a computer all day, plus it’s a good way to refresh for my evening tasks.
As you might have guessed, evening tasks are the least urgent. They are still important to me, but for the distant future. For example, I might work on outlining or editing a future novel, or brainstorming a new idea for my YouTube channel or blogpost.
This is also the time of day when I turn my phone to airplane mode and “disconnect” from the world. Because I work from home, there’s no getting away from my work – but disconnecting from the internet in this free time is paramount to my mental health. Before I get off the computer completely, I’ll calendar block my tomorrow and make my next task list. I’ll prioritize my tasks in the same way I did everything today.
After dinner comes my night routine, which consists of stretching, reading, and spending time with my family. I stay off electronic devices (unless a lightning bolt of inspiration strikes and I simply MUST WRITE) because we all know that glowing blue light makes it harder to fall asleep. I try to get to bed by 10:30, but sometimes I break my own rules. (Hey, I’m young, I should enjoy that extra 30 minutes of reading a book. ha. ha.)
So there it is! In a nutshell, that’s what my average productive day looks like as an author.
Comment below and tell me: do you use calendar blocking? What is your favorite way to prioritize your tasks? Do you have a morning/night routine? Let’s talk all things productivity in the comments!
Thank you again to Hanne for having me on her blog today!
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