One of the most common questions that I get asked is how I manage my time as a full-time content creator.
I will not lie; I love to be busy; in fact, I have always thrived on a packed schedule. One of the main reasons I always wanted to work for myself is that I often find that my hard work is not as “appreciated” in a corporate setting and often taken advantage of. Now that I work for myself, I know all my hard work is for something I love and my dream career.
Before we get into my schedule, I want to start by saying I am a HUGE To-do list person, and I love to be super ORGANIZED.
I map out my content one month in advance, and I always film my videos at least 1.5 weeks in advance. While I understand this is not everyone’s filming style, this is what helps me stay organized.
I like to treat my brand as a full-time job.
I schedule working hours throughout the day, and I also schedule lunch breaks, vacation days, and proper sick days. This allows me not to overwork myself and prevent myself from burning out.
However, I do make sure that I am working when it is working hours, whether it is testing recipes, filming, editing, doing admin work, or grocery shopping.
Below is an example of how I schedule my workday:
10 am – 11 am Zoom call with my team, answer email, breakfast and also getting ready
11 am – 12 pm posting time (IG + TIKTOK) and answering DMs and comments
12 pm – 12:30 pm lunch break
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm setting up filming station
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm filming
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm clean up and break
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm IG post goes up and answering DMs and Comments
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm break and dinner time
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm editing and preparing deliverables for brand deals and projects
10:00 pm – 12:00 pm blog post and newsletter
I like to schedule my week base on what I am doing that day. I make sure to fill out my calendar every Sunday night to reflect on what is due this week and what I want to work on.
MONDAY – Admin + Meeting Day
TUESDAY – Filming + Blogging
WEDNESDAY – Admin + Recipe Testing Day
THURSDAY – Filming + Blogging
FRIDAY – Meeting (half day)
SATURDAY – Filming (half day)
SUNDAY – DAY OFF
I will detail what recipes are going LIVE this week, what I want to film this week, and what recipes I want to test this week.
This also helps me save money on grocery shopping as I am never wasting products since I know exactly what I will be trying and filming for the week.
During my off days, I will give myself a complete social media break to reset and spend time with family and friends. I don’t work till midnight every night; however, everyone is different. I tend to be more creative at night when I like to write my blog posts.
The best part about working for yourself is that you are in complete control of your schedule; however, it is important not to overwork yourself and also to be efficient with your time as you are wearing many hats.
Here is my FREE 2021 Content Calendar that you can download. I also love to have an agenda to organize my week and a notebook to jot down any creative ideas that may pop up.
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