Ever wondered what it’s like to work behind the scenes with Woody and I? I’ve been running The Cornish Dog and freelancing as a photographer and content creator for nearly a year now and have loved every second. I get to be creative everyday, meet new people and share my passion for dogs and Cornwall with you each week. Today I thought I’d share with you a typical day in the life of The Cornish Dog!
Before we continue, I must confess my work weeks tend to vary. Some days I’m stuck at my desk while others are spent out and about, shooting photographs for clients. It’s a very mixed bag but I’ve tried my best to share with you our realistic daily routine!
8:30am – Wake Up
I’ve read countless business/productivity books, articles and blogposts that swear by waking up at ungodly hours to start the working day. While I’m sure that works for some people, it’s definitely not for me! I was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E) when I was 12. I’ve written a whole post about my experience with M.E, so I won’t go into too much detail here. If you’re interested in finding out more or have any questions about M.E, please send them my way.
As a result of my M.E, I’m very aware of my energy levels and how much sleep I need. I experimented for months to find the ‘ideal’ time to wake up and have settled for around 8:30am. Fortunately Woody is a fan of lie ins and happily snoozes in until this time with me. Once I’ve woken up I try to read in bed for half an hour. Though I must confess, this does usually turn into a social media scroll!
9:00 – To do list, Emails and Household Chores
I like to get up and out of bed by 9:00am. Working from home eradicates a daily commute, unless of course you count the walk downstairs! While Woody and I eat breakfast, I like to consolidate my to-do list for the day. I like to outline 2-3 tasks for the day, as well as quickly complete any household chores.
9:30 – Morning Walk
We keep our morning walk fairly local, unless we have a specific meeting or photoshoot planned. I always make sure meetings fall in one of our walks, so they don’t intrude on my more focussed work. If I’m not shooting images for a particular project, I tend to leave my camera at home. I find our morning walk is a great opportunity to start thinking about the day’s workload and my strategy for tackling it!
We tend to walk for about an hour and we’re always out, whatever the weather. It’s important to wear Woody out, so he can rest while I’m doing work.
11:00 – Client Work
I find I’m most productive from around 11am onwards. By the time we’ve returned from our morning walk, I’m ready and raring to go! I tend to tackle the larger, trickier tasks first, as my mind is its most alert. If I’m working on a client project, I’ll often listen to business podcasts in the background. I’m particularly enjoying It Starts with a Click by Olivia Bossert and Letters From a Hopeful Creative by Sara Tasker and Jen Carrington at the moment!
I’ve recently been reading Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang* who suggests breaking down your work day into 60-90minute sessions. I’ve found this really successful so far and it’s added a reliable structure to my working day.
12:30 – Lunch
I always try to cook something for lunch. Whether it’s leftovers, scrambled egg or cheese on toast, I like to make sure I’m away from my desk at this time. Separating work from breaks is really important, particularly long term if you want to avoid burnout! I tend to eat my lunch on the sofa with Woody, who may or may not get the odd tidbit himself…
I tend to watch YouTube videos while eating. Lifestyle videos are my favourite during lunch, as it helps me properly take a break. I enjoy watching Madeleine Olivia’s videos, as well as Sustainably Vegan, Lucy Moon and Minnie Small.
After about 20 minutes or so, I feel refocussed and ready to return to my desk.
13:00 – Creative Work
If I’ve been busy with client work in the morning, I like to switch things up come afternoon. I’ll create blogposts for The Cornish Dog or work on the many projects I have planned behind the scenes. When I’m doing more creative tasks, I prefer to work in silence. I find noise, particularly spoken word, distracting particularly when I’m trying to write!
14:30- Afternoon Walk
Our afternoon walk time is flexible. If I’m feeling productive, sometimes I’ll continue working. It changes with the seasons too. In winter, we have to squeeze it in while we still have light. However, come summer time, it’s likely to be delayed until after dinner.
I like to change up our afternoon walks and include something fun from time to time. Whether that’s a new location or route, or something more adventurous like taking out the kayak. In summer, I’ll often go sea swimming with Woody too.
15:30 – Admin and Emails
There’s just enough time to send a few emails. I tend to properly look at my inbox only once or twice per day. Unless there’s something urgent, I find most emails can wait a few hours. It’s also important to properly consider my replies. This method works well for me at the moment but like everything in my routine, it’s subject to change depending on circumstances!
16:30 – End of Work Day
I try my best to finish all my tasks for around this time. My boyfriend typically returns from home around 16:30 and I don’t like to work when he’s around. It’s important as a freelancer or business owner, to schedule in family time. Otherwise work will soon take over!
I’ll switch off my computer and finish off any household tasks. The rest of the evening is spent cooking dinner and relaxing on the sofa together. We’re usually all tucked up by 22:30!
We hope you enjoyed joining us for our day in the life. Are you a dog business owner? How does your daily routine compare? I’d love to hear your experiences working from home in the comments!
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