StyledChic: Style At Work | Day In The Life: Full-Time Professional + Part-Time Blogger Schedule

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Style At Work | Day In The Life: Full-Time Professional + Part-Time Blogger Schedule


Today's Style At Work look reflects my day to day cold weather office and blogger style.  No heels, no dressy looks--strictly business casual.  I tend to keep things classic during the week with black.  It's easier to get dressed in the dark this way, lol.  However, adding these trousers from French Connection, gave me a little more interest that I wanted for this look.  Remember, just because it's freezing out, doesn't mean you have to compromise your style.  These  Jaynee Platform Oxford shoes make walking downtown that much more comfortable, while keeping things polished.  This look also transitions really well if I have a business meeting after work.

Life as a full-time professional and part time blogger can be quite the balancing act.  I have been dividing my free time outside of my day time job with blogging for almost 6 years now.  I often get questions like "How do you find the time to do it all?"   When your small hobby turns into a part-time job, you start to put more into it.  More time, more effort, more attention, and more work.  It can be challenging every now and again.  A lot of the time, I just want to come home, put on my pjs and watch some Netflix before finally dozing off.  Managing the time to spend with my husband, do day to day house work, cooking, personal errands, all while still running a blog can make for late nights and early mornings.  Here's what a typical day looks like for me:

5:30 AM - Wakeup time.  Normally my alarm goes off and I hit snooze for the next 20 mins.  I normally get myself  out of snoozy mode by turning my phone's backlight up and doing some scrolling on the gram for a few moments.  Once my eyesight has properly adjusted (lol) then I'm up and getting myself dressed.

7:15 AM - Arrive at work.  It probably takes me anywhere from 15-20 mins to settle in at my desk.  I get logged into my computer and immediately check my work emails.

7:30 AM - Eat breakfast.  If it's a really good day I eat breakfast at home.  Realistically, I'm heating something up in the office kitchen.  It's easier.  That way I can take my time to eat rather than scarf down a breakfast burrito in the car while driving.

7:45 AM - Daytime Office Mode.  Job responsibilities and tasks.

I like to get through my work day with music or podcasts.  Podcasts I listen to are:  The Casey Crew, Afford Anything w/ Paula Pant, and Myleik Teele.  I like to keep music flowing depending on my mood and what kind of day I'm having.  My playlist can be gospel, jazz, R&B, all the way to trap music.

10:30 AM- Mid Morning snack.  Normally a handful of blackberries, raspberries, and almonds.  Drinking lots of water to keep me focused until lunch.

12 or 1PM - Lunch.  Depending on how my morning went I'm either eating a packed lunch or grabbing food from one of my favorite spots about a block away from the office.  I love eating at SunTrust Bank's Marketplace.  A lifesaver when you don't bring lunch.  Their salad bar is bomb.

If I have blog deadlines, I will bring my personal laptop and type up a blog post that's due or edit something I'm working on whether it be a post or photos.  I also use my lunch hour to make personal phone calls or appointments.

2 PM - Afternoon Office Mode.

4PM - Out of the office.

4:25 PM - My husband and I normally arrive home within 15 - 20 minutes of each other, which is great.  For the next 30-40 minutes we catch up with each other and talk about how our work day went.  Check the mail, talk about important things to get done, and plan for the weekend.

5PM - I start on dinner while hubby is at the gym.  Sometimes dinner will already be prepped (Normally on Sundays) but about mid week I tend to cook again.  I like making something quick during the week, like Fajitas.  We can eat Mexican food a few times a week so this meal is actually a favorite.  When I make fajitas I love making fresh guacamole to top it off.  If it's a Thursday night I'll add in a margarita to toast to Friday, but I'm normally drinking water with lemon and lime or ginger ale.  Then I tidy up the kitchen.  I really don't like going to bed with a dirty kitchen.  Something about waking up to a fresh space in the mornings puts me in a better head space.

5:45-6:30 PM - Shower + Pjs + me time.  I normally am prepping my hair for the next day.  Planning or ironing my work outfit and winding down.


6:30- 8 PM At this point I head into my office and take a look at blogger deadlines I have for the week.  I check and answer emails, continue to write and edit posts, or upload photos.  Go over looks I want to shoot for the weekend.  Unbox a few PR packages, test out new cosmetics I've received, or share on social media.

8-9:15 PM Wind down before sleep.  I'm normally scrolling the gram or watching YouTube videos until I crash.  I really try to be asleep by 10pm.  Depending on my night I could be up for another hour or two working on a post.

This is very much a rough breakdown of what my schedule normally looks like.  There are weeks of course when it changes--anything from a weeknight blogger event to a random date night with hubby (Always the best!), or tackling laundry mid week.  At the end of the day, I do my best to get my projects done for both my day time and blogger jobs as well as keeping my focus mentally and spiritually, all while spending time loving my husband.  I try to dedicate as much time as I can to the things and people I love.

How do you manage your day?






4 comments:

  1. I set alarms throughout the day. It definitely helps remind me and keep me on track with meeting different obligations I may have. Love this outfit as well!! Beautiful as always!!

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    1. Setting alarms is great idea! Thanks for the helpful tip! This outfit has been my winter favorite. Now with Spring here I'll probably swap out the turtleneck for a button down for work!

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  2. Samara....I need these shoes!!! They are so freaking cute. You are so fashionable and Fabulous!!! So about my day...I totally laughed about the alarm thing, because I set my alarm at 5a and I do not get up until 530a. I hit that alarm soooo many times, lol. But my day starts at 7a and some nights not over until 11p at night (part-time job). Hmmm, and I haven't even incorporated blogging back into the routine(bur I need too,lol). Oh and by the way...check out my niece, Ashley and her bestie Fran new podcast "PRESher Podcast" on sound cloud or iTunes....disclaimer...have your earbuds nearby, lol.

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    1. Thank you Bobbie! These were a real good Target buy! I appreciate that!! I really love feeling put together during the work week and this look just does the trick!

      Girl I hit that snooze button so many times it's embarrassing!! I am not a morning person at all okay! lol. I'd definitely love to see you incorporate blogging back into the schedule soon! I'd love to see and read what you've been up to! It's definitely a juggle though. I'll have to check out your niece's podcast too! Thanks so much for reading Bobbie!!

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