Today I felt like doing a little behind-the-scenes of my life as a freelancer.
Wake up around 9 or 10.
One of the best perks of working for myself is being able to set my own work hours. I was never one to rise early. I’m a night person, so I go to sleep around 2 or 3 AM. Sometimes I get very inspired at night and work late – past 4 AM.
I like to get 7.5 hours of sleep – more than that makes me sluggish. If I went to bed late, I still try to get up before noon, so I can enjoy the day.
Also, I try to stay away from my phone until I’ve finished breakfast. I had the horrible habit of scrolling through Facebook (and even emails!) before getting out of bed. Now I’m internet free for at least 30 minutes after waking up.
Breakfast: coffee, protein, a little bit of carbs, no sugar.
I’m one of those people that can’t function without coffee. I like to make my own, using my trusted Spanish cafetera. I drink it black or with a little bit of milk, no sugar. I generally avoid sugar in all of my food.
Breakfast is usually boiled eggs (scrambled if I feel like it) with veggies. I also avoid carbs, but in the morning I might have a piece of bread or a rice cracker for energy. Sometimes I switch this meal for a smoothie bowl.
If I’m travelling, I like to stay in places with a kitchen, so I can follow this process. The ingredients are pretty standard so I can find them in every country. I don’t like eating out if I can avoid it. I’m even considering taking a cafetera with me on my trips so I can make my own coffee. I like my coffee super strong, and I hate having to resort to filter coffee or even worse – instant coffee (eww)!
When breakfast is done it’s time to catch up. I answer all pending emails and I also take the time to reach out to new people I want to connect with.
To be 100% honest here, I don’t like dealing with emails and I like to get this task out of the way first, because otherwise I will keep postponing it.
When this is done, I might hit the gym if I’m feeling energetic. However, most of the time I end up doing it in the evening.
Work work work!
At this point, I might go to a café and work there for a few hours to switch things up. However, I love working from my apartment in Barcelona, so usually I stay home.
If I’m travelling in places with bad internet, I will probably go to a coworking space.
As a creative, I work in long uninterrupted blocks – usually 4-5 hours at a time. I focus on one project and assume that nothing else exists. This is usually design or coding work for a client.
Design work includes sketching logo concepts and refining them in Illustrator, putting together brand boards, designing website pages in Photoshop, or creating various graphics for my clients.
If I don’t have pending client tasks, I work on Femtravelers: developing new features, improving old code, or marketing work.
Lunch and fun
I have lunch very late (something you inevitably adopt after living in Spain for 5 years) – 2PM at the earliest, sometimes as late as 4 or 5 PM (that can be considered dinner in some countries, I know). It’s usually a tuna salad, or the leftovers from last night’s dinner. If I’m feeling lazy I might go for a smoothie bowl. If I’m in a tropical place (like Bali), I will have an obligatory coconut with my lunch.
After lunch I do fun stuff! I like to spread out my work in the morning and in the evening, and do fun stuff during the day. If I’m in Barcelona, I go to the beach, or meet my friends in the center, or just play football with my boyfriend in the neighborhood park (love this).
If I’m travelling, I will take this time to explore the city I’m in, or go on an adventure like surfing, snorkeling, hiking, etc.
Gym + more work
For the past 3 months I’ve been going to the gym 6 days a week, and I feel GREAT. I lift weights and that leaves me pretty tired, so I usually do it in the evening – that way I can plop myself on the couch afterwards and spend a few more hours working, then go straight to bed.
The evening is usually reserved for my own projects, such as Femtravelers and this blog. I have tons of fun coding features for Femtravelers, and 6 hours can pass by without me noticing (not kidding), so I often end up going to bed past 4 AAM.