Not every day is the same, but I’m excited to share with you a little bit about the days I spend as a Romance author in the Severn household. It’s really not as glamorous as it sounds, but I’ve had several readers ask me how I keep up on my busy blogging schedule as well as get my own books written.
Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts and articles on America’s most successful women. Specifically, their morning routines. Weird topic, I know, but I’m fascinated with what makes these women so successful in their industries and I’m certainly willing to try new things. No matter what you hear about being an author or any other kind of creative career, it’s not easy. Most of the time I’m running around with my head chopped off while my toddler jumps off high pieces of furniture. However, there is a routine to my day. More importantly, I know what I have to get done for the day and write it down. As long as that list is checked off by the end of the day, I feel productive. But, life happens, and not every day is as productive as the last.
And I love it. Every single moment. I’ve chosen this career path and I work hard at it. But here’s a glimpse into my day and how I survive.
5:45am – 7:00am
Up for the day at 5:45am. I make my pre-workout shake, drink it fast, and head out the door for a run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Once I’m through, I eat my post-workout breakfast, check email, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. This is when I’ll also read through my favorite blogs and websites for updates including: Babbles from Scott Eagan, byregina.com, and So You Think You Can Write. The toddler is still asleep until around 7:00, so I also use this time to plan the rest of my work day [which posts I’ll be writing this week, which chapters of my book I’ll need to work on, etc.] and write down each item I need to get done for the day.
7:00am – 10:00am
The tiny terrorist is awake and he wants breakfast and will cry and scream and whine until he gets it. Around 8:30am on Mondays and Wednesdays, he gets to have a friend come over to play with him while I get a few items checked off my list. At this point in my day, I’m writing blog posts, researching for those posts, answering emails, or any other work I need to get done before I start working on one of my books.
10:00am – 12:00pm
Time to entertain the toddler. Around 10:00am, I usually need a break from my computer and his little friend has gone home. I like to get him out of the house to wear him out before his nap. We sometimes go to lunch together, or the museum. Most of the time, we go to the park to run off some energy. It’s important to me to spend some one-on-one time with him throughout the day so he’s not feeling jealous of my laptop [he takes off with it if I’m not watching him close enough]. I make sure to turn off my phone during this time so I won’t be distracted by work or texts or anything else that might make him feel neglected. Doesn’t always work, but I’m trying!
Oh, this is the best part of my day. Nap time. Sigh…This is also a great lunch time for me (if we didn’t go out) because the boy won’t steal food off my plate and can I work as hard as possible during this time to make progress on my own books. I’ve gotten everything I could possibly get out of the way before this point and should have no reason to get my butt out of my chair for the next 2-2.5 hours. Of course, my butt always goes to sleep or I want a snack, but I don’t move an inch until I’ve made considerable progress on the chapters I listed on my “to do” list that morning.
It’s time to get back to real life. Laundry, cleaning, running errands, making sure the boy gets all of his energy out at the park. I also pick my husband up from work on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but if my son is distracted, I’ll sneak in some more work time if I can. However, I’m usually exhausted of work at this point in my day and don’t even want to look at my phone. We’ll usually spend the time cuddling as we watch a movie and start getting dinner ready.
Family time. We have dinner, go for a walk around the neighborhood, put the kid to bed around 8:00pm and spend the rest of the night watching tv and catching up on our days. My work day has ended and I’m usually spent around this time and just want to pig out on snacks. Occasionally, I’ll sneak in another workout with one of my friends if we’ve planned it, but I’m burnt out and can’t wait to start the next day.
Hope you enjoyed getting a glance into the glamorous life of a romance author. Tell me, do you have a routine throughout the day? What are your favorite things to do in the morning to get your day started?