A day in the life of a freelance designer, but make it concise. Okay, let’s (try to) do this. Freelance is very dynamic and each day for me looks different. To have a bit of structure, I try to have a routine to keep me sane. My normal day starts at 8 am and ends at 4 pm. If my morning doesn’t start with coffee and a nutritious breakfast, I can confidently say, productivity will be low.
Before the morning starts, you sleep. What a concept, I know, but t has to be that way! I try to go to bed around 10 pm each evening to get a good night's rest. If all goes well, when my alarm goes off, no tears are shed. After ripping the blankets off and putting the slippers on, I walk myself to the kitchen and make a cheeky pour-over and some oatmeal. I prefer to get my day started right away so while I’m enjoying my fuel, I check emails and make a mental note of what the day is going to look like. After taking inventory of the emails and reviewing project schedules, I’ll start to plan out the tasks that I have to stay on track. I’ll set priorities, and deadlines, and make many many to-do lists.
At this point, my brain is usually very overwhelmed, but I must persist and stay focused. The core of my morning is spent working on design projects. As a jack of all trades, this can include a lot of things: graphic design, web design, creative copywriting, and social media planning. Whatever the client needs, I’m there to make it happen. Once 11 am rolls around, I’ll take a little break to grab a snack, walk the block, or just stare at something other than a computer screen.
I try to keep my mornings clear of meetings and save them for the afternoon. If any are scheduled, those take priority. On the other hand, if I don’t have any scheduled, I’ll reach out to clients to check that everything is running smoothly and there aren’t any issues. If the time allows, I’ll continue working on actual projects, but a lot of times these three hours are full of client communication.