Ever since I’ve been making a living online doing what I love, people have been curious about what a typical day in my life looks like.
At first I thought it was just one or two people who wanted to know, but as time has passed, more and more have asked.
I even had a coaching client ask me last week what a day in my life looks like, so I took that as a sign that I needed to address it in a post and let it all out.
The problem with writing about my typical day is that my schedule tends to change depending on what routine I feel good following, and what my mood is like, but I’ve gotten into a good groove the last few months that I’m going to spell out here.
Even though my schedule changes, the same parts are still there, though they may be in different places at different times of the year.
I do my best to keep my life simple, and relaxed, while still getting things done. I don’t worry about being amazingly productive. I focus on doing what I enjoy, going with the flow, and trusting the process.
Now, obviously I’m not constantly doing what I love, because there are tasks that aren’t fun, and I’m not completely balanced all the time, but usually I don’t worry about stuff as much as I used to.
And as you travel further along this path, you will also realize that trusting what happens is the only thing you can do, because you cannot force the outcome or predict what’s going to happen.
With that said, let’s take a peek at what my life looks like as I write this on the 13th of June, 2011:
Before Bed Routine
I cherish my before bed routine, because it works, and it’s amazingly simple.
What I do is I have a pad of paper where I write down two to three high-value tasks that I am going to accomplish the next day.
I’ve found that this gets me focused in the morning and ready to go. I don’t have to think about what I am going to do because it has already been decided (by me).
I also find that it’s easier to decide before I go to bed than in the morning when I wake up, because my mind tends to want to focus on easier tasks if I do it in the morning.
The problem with easy tasks is that they don’t produce results. If I want to give you value and help you improve your life, I have to focus on what truly matters.
You see, you don’t have to work all day to produce results. You only have to work on the right tasks for the right amount of time, and that is what I do.
Sometimes I work more, sometimes less. It completely depends on what I feel like on that particular day.
08AM to 09AM
The first thing I usually do in the morning is to make a cup of green tea, because I found that it helps me focus and it’s a nice substitute for eating in the morning.
I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for a while now, or a loose version of it. Intermittent fasting for me means that I start eating at 12 noon and stop at 8PM.
It gives my body time to rest for the 16 hours I don’t eat, and it helps me focus and produce inspired work in the morning.
When I sit and sip on my cup of green tea, I usually check my email and see if there are any urgent customer messages or technical glitches that I need to take care of.
Sometimes I sit there marveling at how good life can be. I recently found a life purpose self-test I did two years ago (In May 2009) and I saw that I was pretty much lost in confusion, which is normal when you’re beginning on “the path.”
Now I know what my purpose is. I know where I want to go, and I trust myself and the universe much more.
Other than that, I spend the first hour waking up, and relaxing.
Sometimes after making my early-morning check up, if I’m not grateful for life, I might read something, or listen to an audio course to get my brain into the creative zone and feeling good.
09AM to 12 Noon
I usually work from 09 to noon. It completely depends on my mood and how inspired I’m feeling. Some days I may end up working one hour, while others I’ll work and suddenly the whole day has gone by.
But the standard for me when I’m really producing a lot is three hours a day, because after that I’ve found that my creative juices run out.
And I’ve also found that working in the early morning hours before eating anything big improves my ability to be inspired to write and have that extra bit of clarity which helps me focus on just the right tasks.
I used to be a night owl, but I’ve lately found myself liking being up in the morning more. However, sometimes I find my daily rhythm drifting and I might find myself working later than I want to, and I’m okay with that.
I don’t force myself to wake up early, and I don’t force myself to stay up late. I simply do whatever it is that I feel like doing.
Forcing yourself to do anything is not going to help you in the long-run.
And I realized that it doesn’t really matter if I wake up early or go to bed late, because what matters is what I do with the time that I have.
12 Noon to 1PM
After my work done, I eat some food, relax, and spend some time looking out the window and wondering what I feel inspired to do next.
Two or three days a week I go to the gym at this time. I’ve always liked lifting weights and pushing myself to the limit, so I really enjoy doing it and it helps me re-energize and burn off some steam (if there is any).
This is really an in between time for me, because I just sit wondering what I’m going to do and I might think about the work I’ve done and if there’s anything I can go back and fix that I have forgotten.
In general, I take it easy and just enjoy what is. Now, sometimes I feel overworked, overwhelmed, and frustrated, but I do my best to stay in the present and be with what is.
1PM to 6PM
This is usually my learning and exploring time, which includes meditation. Also, I often book coaching client sessions around this time, because of the time zone differences with the people with whom I work.
I don’t worry about having a rigid schedule, but I have found that during some times of the day, I’m more creative than others, so I pay attention to that.
The learning varies wildly from month to month. For example, currently I’m into improving my coaching, so I’m studying NLP/HNLP, and the feedback I’m getting from my coaching clients has been nothing short of amazing.
Other months I might spend time reading books on personal development and finding new ideas that I can incorporate to my own life and help others do the same.
The common theme within everything that I’m learning is that it improves my life in some way or another.
It could be learning about improving my health, improving my productivity, releasing emotional blocks, or whatever I happen to “bump into.”
It feels weird to me to schedule my time like this, because after I’ve done my work in the morning, I’m very spontaneous about my time. I tend to trust my intuition and do what inspires me.
But for the sake of this article, I spend the late evening hanging out with friends, family, or my girlfriend.
I still often get excited and inspired, which brings me back to my computer or forces me to capture my thoughts so I can work on them later.
This is the beauty of doing what you love, because there really are no set times that you work or don’t work.
You might have a burst of inspiration while you’re sleeping, or you might realize that you don’t really want to work this morning, so you do something else and find yourself inspired while you’re outside taking a walk.
It’s all about trusting your heart and trusting the path that you’re on.
As you can see, my day is very simple, relaxed, and intuitive. And that’s the way I like it.
Your day might look different, and that’s okay, because you have to find something that fits for you. But I’ve found that I really enjoy a lot of learning and alone time.
I’m truly grateful for everything that life has offered me. I’ve never worked a real day job in my life, so I’ve always been able to design my day the way I want to.
And if you’re looking to increase the freedom of your life and go after your passion, you know what to do.
You have to take action, because that is when the puzzle pieces will start falling into place.
Image by Dave