It’s not real hard. I begin the day around 8 AM when my wife wakes me up. I do the morning routine, get a couple minutes online, and then drive them up to work and school at 8:30.
I enjoy listening to whatever is on KGVO Talk Back, a local conservative radio show that discusses local issues. I get about 15 minutes of that in the car and then I’m back home by 8:50 or so.
At this point I typically have breakfast, which consists of extra dry oatmeal with berries. I prefer more raspberries than anything, though an equal mix of blueberries and blackberries is good. Strawberries are best kept to a minimum.
While eating my breakfast I’ll check the news. That means I look at:
- The New York Times;
- The Washington Post;
- The Missoulian;
- Twitter #mpol.
That gives me a good idea of what’s going on. While doing this I’ll also tally my perma-free sales from the day before on Amazon, check my website analytics, view my advertising earnings, and check any Facebook or Google+ messages.
We’re getting into the morning productive time, and what this means breaks down like so:
- Writing Blog post drafts ranging from 600 to 1,200 words;
- Montana political post drafts ranging from 600 to 1,200 words;
- Miscellaneous writing work for others that could range from editing a few hundred or thousand words to serious research to writing of some sort.
It’s hard to say what happens, but during this time I stay caught up on emails and social media messages and whatnot. I’m engaged. If something happens, I react quickly…unless I’m busy writing something and not paying attention for 15 minutes or so.
Many people think that I do a lot of social media stuff since I have so many comments. Typically I’ll shoot for 3 quick messages on Twitter, but anything else is fast too. It only takes a few seconds away from what I’m doing to spit something like that out. Social media is a cinch.
While I eat lunch I watch the NBC Nightly News to figure out what the silent majority is seeing each night. I’ll usually write something after this, typically in the 1,000 word range. Right not that’s this blog post.
After that I typically do Google+ for the day, which requires me to go around to my various groups or communities to get links, share link, and make comments. This is social media marketing, and I’m good at it. The result of this is the Midweek Content Roundup posts, which get about 300 views a week now.
As we move into the afternoon I keep this up. Perhaps I’ll work on some fiction or some blog posts or some work for others. I’ll do the social media checks about every 15 minutes and just move along. It’s called being productive.
So in the evenings I don’t do as much. I check messages and do more social, and also upload blog posts sometimes, even drafts for the next day, or just templates with advertising and text and image blocks already placed.
Mainly, I keep working into the night, and when I say that I mean I’m doing website tasks, social media, and writing. I write all kinds of stuff, so it’s hard to say what. Sometimes it’s what I’ve been doing for days, sometimes new things pop up, sometimes old things are dusted off.
I enjoy listening to the Dave Ramsey show on the radio at night starting around 7 (unless a damn basketball game is on), and then into Ground Zero and Coast to Coast AM. We don’t have a TV, so radio is the dominant media here. Often I’ll stay up until 12 AM or 1 AM listening to the radio, and then I’ll go to bed.
Before I go to bed I tally the word count for the day and then write down about 10 goals for the next day, things I want to do. And then I go to bed and do the exact same thing the next day, with variations. The weekends are little different, just less busy because I’m not home alone to work. I still do a lot of work each day however, and there are no days off.
That’s my schedule, thanks for reading!
(This post took 16 minutes to write non-stop, and is about 850 words)