Ask DN: Freelancers, what's your daily schedule like?

over 3 years ago from Matt Soria, Web Dood @ mattsoria.com

  • Philip KarpiakPhilip Karpiak, over 3 years ago (edited over 3 years ago )

    I just started freelancing again recently so I’m also using the days I worked remotely for my last business in mind. Times are approximate and I’m actually trying to put in less work hours in a given day now.

    • 5:30-7:30 - Wake up to my custom-designed, one-of-a-kind bespoke alarm clock app. Kidding, I don’t use an alarm clock and when I wake up depends on the season (thanks Canadian weather). But as soon as I get up I make some Bulletproof coffee and head to the gym if it’s a lifting day.
    • 8:00 - After the gym or doing some light reading, I head home or to the co-working space. First apps I launch are GitHub and a chat app (either IRC or HipChat depending on the projects I’m working on that day).
    • 8:30-11:00 - Actually do, you know, work
    • 11:00-12:00 - Open up email for the first time. If it was a gym day I fit in a pre-lunch meal for gainz. Some days I go to yoga, which is a great mid-day break since there is a yoga studio near my house and another in the same building as the co-working space.
    • 12:00-1:00 - I usually get lunch at this time when I’m at the co-working space or meeting someone, otherwise I go on a bit longer without eating
    • 1:00-4:00 - Moar work. If I’m at the co-working space and there’s an interesting workshop going on, I’ll join that for a bit as a break.
    • 4:00 - Wind work-related things down and do final checks for email, GitHub and chat
    • 5:00 - Whatever: cooking, Hearthstone, meetup with some friends. I don’t think about client work during this time but gladly continue to hack on open-source stuff
    • 10:00 - Final wind down for the day (or wine down on some nights :D) with a novel. If for some reason I need to use a computer very late I’ll use some blue-blocking glasses so my circadian rhythm doesn’t go out-of-whack (yes I use f.lux too, but found that that wasn’t enough).

    EDIT: formatting

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    • Matt Soria, over 3 years ago

      Wow, you're day sounds really productive, work and health/lifestyle wise!

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      • Philip KarpiakPhilip Karpiak, over 3 years ago

        Yeah, it’s required a lot of tweaking with my work + health activities to find the right optimization. I used to hit the gym in the afternoons but was finding myself too drained to work. I don’t find the same negatives with yoga.

        That’s the thing with daily schedules I guess: the one I posted, and the ones others have, will vary widely until you find that sweet spot. Even then you may switch things up for variety’s sake. It’s about finding the right balance between what you want, what your body needs and what your clients ask for.

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