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The day in the life of a writer during a 30-day blogging challenge

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Another round of the Ultimate Blogging Challenge is coming up. What is the life of a writer like during a 30-day blogging challenge?

October is another month for the Ultimate Blogging Challenge. However, you can do a 30-day blogging challenge at any point in time. There are some major benefits to doing some sort of daily blogging challenge. While I don’t do them anymore for this blog or other personal blogs, I write daily elsewhere.

Blogging challenges do take up a lot of time. Here’s what a day in the life of a writer looked like for me in the past. This was a look at when I did a 30-day blogging challenge while writing full-time as the sole income provider with two young children around.

The day in the life of a writer

6am: It’s time to get up. I try to get up at this time, but sometimes I need that extra 10-15 minutes. Other days I’ll sleep right through my alarm because…well, children love to scupper plans in the middle of the night.

I’ll grab a cup of coffee and some breakfast, while I wait for the laptop to reboot. I used to never turn it off, but I’ve started to do this every night now.

While the laptop reboots, I can check my emails from my phone, reply to any that need something immediate, and then check out blog posts from other writers in the 30-Day Blogging Challenge and other blogging groups I’m in.

7am: I’ll sort things out for my kids on the days I have them at this time. It’s time to pack lunches, make sure anything that needs to be signed is done, and do any of their medical things if necessary. With the dogs, I’ll walk them and make sure they’re fed to start with. Their water bowls will also be filled if they’re empty.

The kids do a lot of their own things now. They even organize breakfast themselves, which is super helpful. It means I have time to grab another coffee and write down any blog post ideas that come to me.

On days when I don’t have the kids, I tend to start work around 8 a.m. instead of 9 a.m.

9am: The kids have gone to school, and this is when I start work. I’ll always start with my client work. I don’t like doing it so I want to get it out of the way right away.

From there, I’ll work through the list of other tasks. One of the first things I’ll do is the post for the 30-day blogging challenge. It’s important to stay on top of that during the challenge months.

I do take breaks throughout the day. There are two half-hour slots dedicated to walking the dogs. I never miss them as I don’t want the dogs out of a routine. There is also a lunch break and a few five-minute breaks thrown in to stretch my legs. I have a standing desk* that I use on a regular basis, especially on days when I don’t have the dogs so don’t get out for their walks as much.

4pm: The work day is over as the kids get home from school. Even on the days when I don’t have them overnight, I will stop the day at this time. I just don’t like working too late anymore.

During fall TV time, I do end up working in the evening. Stopping at this time is essential for me. However, if inspiration strikes, I will write.

My kids have dance classes, I like to cook, and I just like to chill out with the dogs or my kiddos when I have them. On nights when I’m alone, I like to sit down with a book and read in peace. This is also my time for cleaning if there is anything. I do make use of technology, though!

8pm: During the regular TV schedule, I’ll usually start watching shows at this time. They run between 8 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET, and I tend to watch a lot because of what I cover with work.

Between the ad breaks, I’ll make some notes for blog posts. When it comes to my own blogs for the blogging challenges, I’ll look for images that will work with the blog posts that I have planned to write. This is important for creating the featured image for all blogs.

I am a multi-tasker. I can’t just watch a TV show without doing something, so I’ll often do images, social media, and affiliate linking during this time of the night. I try to shut down the computer by 10 p.m. though, and will often decide to record the 10 p.m. TV show to watch the next day.

MORE: Creating a schedule and plan for a 30-day blogging challenge

What does a day in the life of a writer look like for you? How do you plan on splitting up your day? Share in the comments below.

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