One of the great parts of being an indie author is the flexibility to add it in anywhere in your life. I’m at a point in my life where I have a lot of options to what I want to make it out of it. I work full time during the week, Monday-Friday. While I spend a lot of time doing other things in life, I try to do make sure I spend at least half a day during the weekend working specifically on my career as an indie author. I used to spend a lot more time working as an indie author, but as of this spring, I’ve been in a relationship and I try to spend as much time with the boyfriend during the weekend as possible.
I’ll admit this has made me have to focus, especially as I try to publish two more books between now and the end of the year.
Because everything is moving so fast lately, I thought it would be fun to show you a day in the life of being an indie author. This was September 8th, so just a few weeks ago!
A Day in the Life
10:00 AM – Wake up, get ready for the day and pack my bag to head to a coffee shop and work
10:45 AM, get to the coffee shop and it’s packed. Definitely slept in way too late. Get my drink (Moon Raker) and finally snag a table.
10:55 AM – start editing. This is the last round of edits before sending to my readers, I’m mostly looking typos and making sure the story makes sense. I have one section left.
12:00 PM – finish the draft. text the boyfriend to celebrate and send to my three readers. Grab my notebook to finish my editorial calendar for the year.
12:20 PM – My mom calls me and I talk to her at the coffee shop for almost an hour. We talk about how she feels now that my two younger siblings have moved to college, all the traveling I’m doing the next few months, the two family weddings and my boyfriend.
1:15 PM – After Mom and I both end the call because we have to go to the bathroom, come back to coffee shop table and begin working on ideas for the calendar.
1:45 PM – I think I’m done with ideas for the year, run through my planner to make sure.
3 PM – After finally getting the calendar set (which I’ll end up redoing the weekend after, oops), I head home to eat food and to relax for a bit.
After eating, it’s time to make food for the week. Just as I’m about to get started, I realize I’m missing an ingredient.
4:30 PM – H-E-B trip. H-E-B is a Texas grocery store and if you don’t know what it is, you’re missing out.
5:15 PM – The problem with H-E-B on a Sunday is that half the state is in there with you, so it takes me a while to work my way through the crowds and make it back home.
Once I’m home, I start prepping my main dish, a family recipe. It involves a lot of precooking, adding everything into a pox and putting it in the oven. While that bakes, I take time to prepare some snacks and fruit I can take for lunch every day.
7 PM – After preparing and packing all my food for the week, it’s time to go upstairs and do some exercises. I stick with just my dumbbells and do about 15 minutes of weights before calling it a night. It’s a slow one.
After hopping into the shower, I crawl into bed and read some before putting Kill Bill on before going to sleep. It’s been a busy day and I’m ready for more in the week ahead.
While not every Sunday looks just like that, many have the same idea – get stuff done in the morning and then focus on how stuff in the evening. Do you have a way to split your work up?