How do I juggle my contract work and growing Women in Web Dev as a business while working from home? Women in Web Dev is not just a Facebook group anymore – it’s a blog, job board and paid membership – there are lots of moving pieces!
The answer is lots of planning.
Here’s what I do on a weekly and daily basis to set myself up for success.
- Sunday night – Plan out my Week
- Mentorship Hours – 2x a week for the Learning Circle
- 2x Coaching Sessions (30 min each)
- 2 hours blog post writing
- Friday afternoon – reflection on the week – what worked well, what didn’t, what projects I need to pick up on Monday
How I Plan Out My Week
On Sundays, I plan out my week. I follow a process called Monday Hour One. You can learn more about it in this podcast.
In a nutshell, I write down everything I want to do in the next week, decide what is realistic to handle and put it in my calendar. Everyday, I have at least one block of “Focus Time” for 2 hours, where I do deep work.
I have recurring appointments and tasks that are already in my schedule, like lunch or Mentorship Hours for the Learning Circle.
After, I review my calendar to make sure that I’ve given myself enough buffer time. For example, if I have a workshop, I make sure I have at least 30 min before and after. Before the workshop, I need to prepare – get all documents ready, set up my computer and put a little bit of makeup on. After the workshop, I like to have a little break as a reward.
For me, morning routines is about taking care of myself first, so my mind and body are ready for work.
8 am: Wake up
8:45 am – 9:30 am: Shower and eat breakfast
9:30 am – 9:45 am: Journal for 10 minutes.
9:45am – 10 am: Daily check-in first thing in the morning
Contrary to conventional wisdom to start with project work first, I like to do some tidying up before I start my day – emails, Facebook group, Learning Circle Slack. If I don’t, my brain is distracted.
10 am – 12 pm: Work on contract work
12 pm – 1 pm: Lunch
1 pm – 1:30 pm: Women in Web Dev Admin – Facebook group moderation, respond to emails, etc.
1:30 pm – 5 pm: Work on contract work or Women in Web Dev projects (e.g. blog posts, social media, new content for the Learning Circle)
Most nights, I am not working. Instead, I play games, catch up with friends, read or put together a puzzle.
Sometimes I do work 1 or 2 nights a week – simply because I’m building a business, and there is lots of content and set up that I need to do.
For example, when I’m writing this blog post, I’m in the process of hiring a Social Media and Community Coordinator, so I need to review applications and update training materials – all of this don’t fit during the week.
I generally work about half a day on the weekends. Sometimes more if there are upcoming deadlines.
As I mentioned above, I’m building a business while working 20 hours as a contractor right now. I have to make a little sacrifice for my long-term goal of having a self-sustaining business.
To be honest, I don’t often take time off for stat holidays – while on one hand I would like to take those days off, I don’t feel overworked. I enjoy what I’m doing and only work about 7 hours a day with no commute, so this works for me!
I hope this was helpful to you to get a sense of how I structure my day and stay productive while working from home.
My schedule is always being refined as my business changes, and I find more effective ways of doing things – so it might look different in a few months! What will stay constant are my morning routines, lunches and evenings.
It took me about 2 years to experiment and find the formula that works for me. If you’re new to working from home, play around with your schedule and see what works for you!