I see these daily diary posts on blogs and I’m always shocked at how productive everybody seems to be. Man, in comparison I’m an absolute sloth! It got me thinking that my productivity really does depend on the day – some days I’m on fire and by the next day I can be all burned out and completely slack off.
As a freelance writer my days vary wildly and it’s quite an unstructured lifestyle. Luckily I love working from home and I work well as my own boss but while I’m getting things up and running I don’t have work to do every day, which is where the particularly unproductive days come in!
I did a comparison of two daily diaries: one ‘productive’ day and one ‘unproductive’ day. I haven’t edited my activities at all – this is an honest look at exactly how I spent a couple of weekdays, eek.
07:10 – Got out of bed and had breakfast 08:30 – Got out of bed
07:45 – Took my boyfriend to the station 09:00 – Took the dog out
08:00 – Walked the dog 09:30 – Sat on Facebook and Twitter
08:45 – Did stretches, two sets of squats and a cycle 11:00 – Watched a Catfish marathon and spent
09:30 – Sat down to work most of it smdh
10:00 – Cleared out my email inbox 13:30 – Went on Pinterest and felt depressed
10:30 – Wrote 1500 words about my lack of crafting skills
12:30 – Had a break for lunch 14:00 – Made a chicken and camembert
13.15 – Wrote 2000 words sandwich for lunch. Contemplated
16:00 – Scheduled blog posts for the following day making another one. Didn’t
17:00 – Picked my boyfriend up from the station 14:20 – Felt guilty about not doing any work
17:20 – Prepared dinner on my novel. Distracted myself by
18:00 – Sat down for dinner watching South Park
19:00 – Chilled/watched TV/read a book 16:00 – Decided to become a yoga guru. Hurt
22:00 – Took the dog out for the last time my hamstrings doing downward
22:30 – Bed time! facing dog. Raged
17:00 – Picked my boyfriend up
17:20 – Debated the pros and cons of getting a
Chinese for dinner. Eventually went
to Sainsburys and bought burrito
19:30 – Sat down to eat burritos/watch TV
21:00 – Raged when my favourites didn’t go through on Masterchef
22:30 – Got into bed and watched Family Guy
23:10 – Went to sleep
So there you have it! Some days I’m a writing machine, other days it’s just a big of pile of fail. But hey, at least next time you have an off day you know I’ll be there in spirit, eating camembert sandwiches and Pinning crafts I’ll probably never make.