7:00 — wake up! I don’t set an alarm, so this varies, but not usually by much.
7:01 — flip on the coffee pot I prepped last night. Ahhhhh…
7:02 — the dog squints one eye at me and snuggles deeper into his bed.
7:05 — curl up with my cat, my coffee, and my phone. No, not for social media or email! It’s time for my current YouVersion reading plans. One is always a variation of the-Bible-in-one-year with several members of my reader group, and I often have one or two additional reading plans on the go as well.
7:45 — shower time! And, oh, the dog may or may not be ready to head outside by now to do his business…
8:15 — breakfast
8:45 — check my planner, check email, check messenger, but no checking Facebook! That’s a rabbit hole I don’t need to go down. Also, has the dog been outside yet???
9:00-12:00 — three writing stints of 45-50 minutes with 10-15 minute breaks. This is usually a chapter of my current work-in-progress. It is also my cat’s happy time. I often write in bed, and she is curled up on top of my feet or tight against my hip. Or eyeing me suspiciously…
12:00 — lunch! I’m trying to get into the habit of matching scripture memory to lunchtime. It’s a hard connection for me to maintain, so maybe I need a different time?
1:00 — another writing stint if needed, or if I just want to get ahead. Or I might have errands to run in town or groceries to pick up.
2:00 — if this is Monday – Friday, I’m now leaving to pick up my son’s 10yo daughter from school. They live next door, so it works out great, and I get some grandgirl time. Also some prayer time when I’m outbound.
3:00 — home again. Must be snack time!
3:30-5:30 — this might be the first time I log into Facebook, but now that it’s spring/summer, I might grab this time to mow the lawn or do other yard work. Or, you know, the house might need a bit of cleaning! Or I might have editing to do from a story that’s back from beta readers or my editor, or marketing tasks to do. Maybe a newsletter or Inspy Romance blog post to write.
6:00 — dinner time
7:00-9:00 — If I’ve got book-business related work to do, it might overflow into the evening. Or I might zone out with Facebook for much too long, but I usually also take a walk and play a few rounds of Woodoku. The dog demands to be fed. The kitchen needs a quick cleaning. And I rarely forget to set up the coffeepot for morning!
9:00 — snack… and check my day planner to make sure I didn’t miss anything vital. Send the dog outside one last time.
9:30 — obey the cat’s insistence to head back upstairs so she can lie across my feet. She is obsessive about this. Yes, she is crazy making! I read fiction for about an hour then review some memory work.
10:30 — Lights out!
Because my hubby works four-on-four-off, my schedule flexes with his. Weeks when he works across a Sunday, I almost always take Sunday off and only have three writing days. I count my writing days with that in mind when planning a project.
When he’s home, I rarely write. We’ve been renovating our house for the past thirteen months with probably another year to go, so on his days off, we’re either working on a house project or purposefully away, doing our best to relax. We also make an effort to go for a walk, a bike ride, or a paddle in our kayaks together once on his days off.
Ask twenty different authors what their typical day looks like, and you’ll get twenty wildly different answers! Many authors have day jobs out of their homes. Some homeschool their kids. Even those who, like me, get to do this gig full-time will likely have very different schedules.
Some authors flip their time and take care of business items first thing and write later in the day. Some are night owls and prefer to write in the evenings and on into the wee hours. That doesn’t work for me. I’m so thankful to have found what does suit me, and that I can set up my time optimally for how my brain and personality work.
Friends, what is your best time to work on think-heavy tasks? Are you at your best in the morning (like me), in the afternoons, or in the evenings? Are you able to structure your days to take advantage of that?