A day in my life can be rather interesting and I thought it would be fun to share how things get accomplished around here because y’all have started asking.
My time is very spread out and normally everything revolves around the weather. I check the forecast almost daily and have been doing this for the last 5 years because most of my time is spent outdoors. It’s surprising how much this little detail has helped me be more productive.
Since we’re heading into the hot season this means most of my outdoor activity happens early in the morning before 10 am and later in the evening after 5 pm. This means I have many hours in between to do other things like writing, marketing, creating projects, working on our Tiny House and so on.
Early Morning Hours
My day begins early around 6 am; after breakfast I check email before heading outdoors, right now I’m busy cutting grass. I allow myself to cut until a full tank of gas runs out; this is about an hour.
I move pretty fast which allows me to accomplish a lot in a short period of time so if I decide to extend that hour it’s because I’ve found a shaded area to keep working. What I don’t get done one day will be rolled over to the next and I’m good with that.
For a long time rolling over unfinished projects drove me nuts but it’s been amazing to see how effective this has become; I actually accomplish more without feeling exhausted afterwards.
Needless to say, the mornings are pretty productive around here and when I’m not cutting grass well I’m helping Robert.
When Do I Write?
Writing this time of year takes place in the early afternoon. I don’t write every day, on the average 1 -2 hours, 4 days a week. It doesn’t always happen and sometimes I can spend 3 hours writing.
I also try to complete desk work Monday – Thursday. This time involves marketing, editing photos, making graphics and so on. Honestly it never ends and I break that up with making projects because I don’t like to sit for more than an hour.
To keep it all organized so I don’t lose my mind I created a simple business planner that’s instrumental for Garden Up Green.
Clean Up and New Projects
This particular day was Tuesday, following a workshop from the night before. This stuff normally gets dumped at my work station for clean up later. This mess wasn’t so bad and once I finished putting things away I started in on a new project. I’ll be sharing that piece next week so stay tuned because it’s for my garden!
I love projects but with this new simplistic lifestyle I’m finding new projects are becoming fewer unless they’re for a Make and Take workshop.
The New Ladder Project
I’ve also been working on a ladder for the Tiny House, Robert built this awhile back so it would be easier to get up to the lofts. A much safer and very sturdy ladder…
Well I decided to jazz it up; you can view that project here.
So, when it’s too hot to be outside, I’m being productive inside it’s that simple.
But not all days are like this sometimes we go to the movies or I just sit down a read. I’m currently finishing Common Sense, by Thomas Paine and what a fantastic read.
Those Evening Hours
The evenings are probably my favorites because sometimes we go fishing so Dixie can swim, she LOVES the water… Other times I like to tinker around in the garden or where ever outside.
Some evenings I just like to watch a show and call it a day…
This particular evening, I decided to move the Chocolate Mint and plant the additional into a pot. This herb is growing like crazy and the transplant was successful because it was pretty late and lots of water was involved.
About twice a week I tend to the gardens in the evening.
I also pick up rocks for our walk path. This space is a labor of love and yes, I really have been picking up rocks and dumping them into this space one bucket at a time.
We’ve filled in 14 ft. and have another 12 ft. to go; this path leads us from the Tiny house to the creek. The process of picking up rocks gives me time relax and think about things; there’s been a lot of thinking here…
Sometimes mowing takes place in the evening because this weekend we plan to add fence wire on that first property. We got rained out last week and it took several days for things to dry out.
So, that’s what a day in my life looks like, I’m constantly moving but I also take moments to sit and relax because I enjoy iced tea once in awhile.
I keep things simple and focused and if you watch the video I’ll share important tips I’ve learned that have really helped me be even more productive.