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How I Stay Productive and Motivated Throughout The Day

A woman sitting on a couch with a coffee and laptop being productive

I started my online entrepreneurship journey in early 2018 and a common reaction I got from people was confusion. When I tell them that I’m a full-time Pinterest Manager and content creator I’m pretty sure most people understand I work online. However, being a productive work from home solopreneur, and creating content as a way to earn an income online involves so much more, and that’s where I lose people.

This is especially true when I bring up things such as Pinterest marketing, sponsored post writing, affiliate marketing, virtual assistance, and other online revenue streams.

Making money online means thinking outside of the box. A lot of the monetizing strategies we’re using are new, such as working with brands through sponsored content. So, I understand why it can be difficult for some people to grasp the idea.

The Solution To All Your Questions: Why I’m Talking About Being Productive and Motivation

I came up with this great idea of sharing my daily routine here! What I do during the day to stay productive and motivated. That way, anyone who had questions about what actually goes on each day as an online entrepreneur could get a better idea.

Content creation is so much more than writing a blog. I’m hoping that sharing my daily routine I can help dispel that myth, and hopefully inspire others to follow a similar path.

So, what does a full-time online entrepreneur actually do? I have the answer below. Well, the answer to my own routine at least!

First, A Little Background…

I’m a single woman with no children, so my daily routine probably looks a lot different than mompreneurs who work around their family’s needs. I also don’t have another job that demands my time!

My side hustle is my main hustle.

Most of my day consists of my work, managing my life and learning.

I’m a content creator, meaning I create content online for my website, social media, and Pinterest. I’m also a Pinterest Manager, which means I work with small businesses to help them grow online through Pinterest marketing.

While each day is different, it usually looks something like this:

A hand holding a Starbucks mug in a Starbucks cafe.

Actually, I wish I could sit at a cafe each day and work. I used to live within walking distance of a Starbucks and would work there more, however, since moving back to my hometown it’s a little out of my way, so I usually end up staying home most days.

Now, cafes aside, here’s what my current daily routine looks like in 2020.

How I Stay Productive As a Full-Time Soloprenreur, Content Creator, and Pinterest Manager

8:30 am – 11 am (a productive morning is a must!)

I usually start my day between 8:30 – 9:00 am. I would love to be a productive morning person, getting up at 5 am and conquering the day, but it just doesn’t work for me. And, honestly, I have no reason to be up that early.

A typical morning for me involves waking up without an alarm, immediately brushing my teeth and then coffee! Ever since my oophorectomy surgery, I’ve enjoyed my morning cup of coffee and it just makes the morning that much more enjoyable.

I’m not a breakfast person, so I brew a cup and head to my desk to start my day! I’ll usually do work until I finish my coffee or the most important tasks are done, whichever comes first.

The tasks I like to focus on first thing in the morning are:

  • Check my workflow on ToDoist, my favorite task management app to see what tasks need to be prioritized that day
  • Check-in on Slack to see if there are any important team messages
  • Check my clients’ Tailwind queues to make sure they don’t have any last-minute Pinterest scheduling to keep their queues full
  • I’ll spend a good portion of my morning creating new pins, and scheduling in Tailwind.

I like my mornings to be focused on top priorities first, and leave tasks that don’t take much thought for later in the day. I find I’m more productive this way.

11 am – 12:30pm (mid-afternoon break)

Once I finish my coffee and get my morning work done, I then hop in the shower, enjoy lunch and take a little break by catching up on a television show episode. The Real Housewives anybody?

A photograph of me working on my laptop at a desk, being productive

1pm – 3 pm (more work!)

I usually dedicate the afternoons to:

  • Interacting with Tailwind Tribes
  • Finishing any work I didn’t complete in the morning
  • Engaging on social media
  • Managing my blog and website
  • Checking analytics and writing reports

Lately, the work I do in the morning spills into the afternoon because of the large workload I’ve taken on.

Previously, I would do some writing in the afternoon but this has been pushed to days when I have a window of free time. The truth is, my Pinterest clients make me money while my blog doesn’t (well not directly), so it’s secondary at this point.

3 pm –  5 pm (fight the fatigue!)

To break up my afternoon work and give my brain a rest, I like to take a breather until after dinner.

This might seem counterintuitive, and less productive, however, research has shown that frequent breaks fights fatigue and makes you more productive!

This doesn’t happen every day, but when I do take a good couple hours I usually chat with my Mom, make something tasty for dinner, watch some tv, or go out and do errands.

5 pm – 7 pm (wrapping things up)

From 5 pm – 7 pm I start wrapping things up. I’ll check my email and answer any that are urgent. I’ll also use this time to plan the following day.

The odd time I’m still working I’ll go sit at Starbucks for a pick-me-up to get through the rest of the work.

Most of the tasks I do in the evening don’t require me to be very focused and rested to do, so the evening is a perfect time.

7 pm – 12 pm (the most important time of the day)

I don’t like to work past 7 pm and like to give myself time to unwind and relax. That’s why I intentionally stop working around 7 or 8 pm, or I won’t stop and burnout.

One of the drawbacks of working from home is it can be hard to switch from work mode to home mode!

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Life as an online entrepreneur is great. I set my own schedule (I get up at 9 am!) and I get to work on what I love all day. It’s a work at home career choice that allows me to be creative and continue learning, so it’s never boring!

DO YOU WORK ONLINE FULL-TIME? WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAILY ROUTINE LOOK LIKE? 

Comments

    • sarah.fournier says

      Thanks for commenting! Earning an income through affiliate marketing is definitely difficult to predict but I’m also a virtual assistant, which is more consistent (though finding clients can be stressful sometimes).

    • sarah.fournier says

      Thanks for commenting 🙂 I thought people would enjoy it. I know I always like to see how other bloggers break down their workday.

  1. Micheala Rennaker says

    Thank you for writing this post, Sarah! I am looking to commit more time to blog in 2019 and it is so helpful to see how to better be productive and still maintain a balance as a full-time blogger. I would love for you to come over to Jute & Ivy. I will take any suggestions you may have.

  2. Laura says

    Hey Sarah, I love this post! I’m leaving my job at the end of April to work on my blog full time, and I have no idea what my days are going to look like yet. I was thinking about creating a plan but I think I’ll just go with flow at the beginning and see what works for me! But I loved reading how your days look 🙂

  3. Lori Fournier says

    Great post. Your a great writer. I may not be a blogger or entrepreneur but I love to read what people do to help themselves or get through a day. I’m slowly setting up a routine for myself in the hope that by the end of the day I still have some down time for myself and family.

  4. Amanda says

    Love this post. I started a blog not too long ago and I wish I had the discipline and focus you have to work on it at a certain time everyday.

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