Take a peek into my lifeI get a lot of questions from other bloggers and just people interested in how I run my blog, business, and my life in general.  While I love talking to people over email, I figured I would take the time to talk to my readers about how I manage it all or at least make it look like I manage it.  Remember, most of my life is organized chaos.  It might look OK from the outside, but there is a little tornado going on inside my head.  A common misconception I hear a lot about me is I work full time on my blog.  I don’t!  I actually have a full-time job which I love and enjoy.  I run my blog and business as a moonlighter or side hustler.  I find it much easier for me to do it this way.  So, without further ado, here is a day in my life as a employee, blogger, business, owner, husband, and father.

I’m No Early Riser

There are some of you who could get up early and be ready to start the day. I’m looking for a new alarm clock because I have beaten the crap out of the snooze button.  I am not an early riser. I love to sleep in, but life doesn’t really allow me to do so.  I can’t complain much because my wife gets up around 5am to go to work, so getting up at 7 is not that bad.  Since I have a full-time job, I do have to go into the office every day.  I typically arrive between 8:30 and 9, but that all depends on the traffic.

My son wakes up anytime between 6:30 and 7, but then there are days like a few days ago when he work up before my wife and wanted to watch his favorite movie, Cars.  I used to enjoy themovie, but that has since passed.  It’s my responsibility to get him ready for daycare and fed before we go out the door.  Since I brown bag my lunch everyday, I have to make that while he is eating.  A typical day in the life of any parent. Nothing out of the norm.

I Have to Multitask

There have been studies showing men are not good multitaskers.  There are days when I agree and days I disagree. I am fairly proficient at it. The reason is I have a good amount of practice. I am a project manager by day, so I have to juggle different things going on at once. Projects need to be completed on time, so I am the guy who keeps things running smoothly.  I am not going to say I kick butt at doing it, but I make a living from multitasking.  This specific skill has allowed me to flourish as an entrepreneur and side hustler.

During the day,  I will answer emails when they come in, but that is on my phone. If there is an emergency going on with someone’s blog (I deal with many of them), then I will take care of it on my lunch break.  Remember, I offer blog management services for anyone who is interested.  I hope you don’t mind my shameless plug.  Most of my customers know me to be incredibly responsive and the reason is I have my phone with me all the time.

Since my day is filled with work related stuff, I leave my blog and my freelance business to the night time.  Right after I leave work, I start my most important job.

My #1 Job is as a Husband and Father

I wrote an article on the Huffington Post about two month ago about how my number one priority is my wife and son. It didn’t get much traction, but I think that is because I’m a man.  My job is to provide for my family and be there for them.  When I pick up my son from daycare, then I head home and spend time with him and my wife. We play outside, make dinner, take a bath, and then off to bed.  Depending on what is going on, my wife might do some tasks and I might do others. Remember, we are also new home owners, so there are a lot of things which need to be done.  As I love working with my hands, this is the time I get my projects done.  Life doesn’t stop just because I want to spend time with my family.

Some bloggers have asked how I manage my time with my family as they feel I am very active with blogging and my business. It’s true, I am active, but most happens at night. After my son goes to bed (around 7:30), my wife and I cook dinner or heat up leftovers. We eat together and maybe will watch a Netflix show.  We are hooked on The Blacklist right now!  Since my wife gets up early, she also goes to bed early.  Typically, I will start my blog and business work around 9pm.  This is when I am most active. I am a night owl and get a burst of energy around 8:30.  I work to around midnight before my battery power just runs low.  After that, it is time for bed.

My blogging consists of creating new posts for Debt Roundup and Sprout Wealth.  It also consists of managing those two blogs along with Eyes on the Dollar.  I just added a new blog to my mix, but it is still brand new. I created it because I love doing reviews of products and services. I called it Empowered Shopper (still under construction), to help those looking for information get it when they need it.  I also write my articles for other sites.  Some I have consistent articles to be written, then others just contract with me for a few freelance articles. If you are in need of some articles or staff writer, please contact me!  If there is any business stuff to be done, like fixing a problem with someone’s site, then I will do it at night.  I am a very fast person when it comes to WordPress issues.  I have been using the platform for years and know what I am doing.  If I can’t figure it out, then I will research the problem until I can. That is the only way I can expand my skills. Knowledge!

I repeat this all week long until the weekend.  On the weekend, I spend time with my family, blog, run my business, and do house projects. My weekends go by incredibly fast, so when I get a little vacation, I love it.  There is a reason I go on vacation in places where there is little to no cell reception.  There is nothing better than going from being connected all day long to dropping the technology like a brick.

Anyway, that is a typical day in my life as a blogger, business owner, employee, husband, and father.  I wear a lot of hats as do most people. There are days I struggle to keep all of those hats from falling off my head.  It’s a balancing act for sure.  If anyone ever tells you that starting a blog is easy, smack them.  That couldn’t be any further from the truth!

 

OK, enough of me, what about you?  Give me a glimpse into your life!  If you have a blog and want to write a post, I would love to read it, so stop by and leave me a link.

 

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18 Comments

  1. Fun! I love hearing how other people spend their days. It seriously fascinates me! Our routines are actually fairly similar. I too have a full-time 9-5, so I’m blogging in the mornings, evenings, at lunch, and on the weekends. Mr. Frugalwoods works on the blog with me (he’s more of the behind-the-scenes tech guy) and so it’s a nice way for us to spend time together and collaborate. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. I definitely work beyond the 9-5 schedule as you do Grayson mainly due to blogging and freelance writing but I also strive to put the needs of my family above my career and side hustles. I do work a lot yet I feel very blessed to be able to have a great life and I manage my time very well so it doesn’t seem impossible.

  3. Life is busy but when it feels productive its not so bad. Sometimes it is overwhelming…I always think maybe next week or next year it will slow down, but it never does…I just learn to deal with it and prioritize what really matters. Thanks for sharing your routine. Managing your day is as important as managing your money. It is hard to do one without the other.

  4. “I’m looking for a new alarm clock because I have beaten the crap out of the snooze button.” Lol, I’m pretty much the same way sir. I can relate to the organized chaos as we have that going on most days, especially with the kiddos running around. That said, my days usually start around 5-5:30, mainly out of necessity so I can get some work done before the kids get up and then usually work some after they go to bed and we both head to bed around 11:30 most nights. It is a lot of hats, but it keeps life interesting. We’re going to need to check out Blacklist ourselves. We’ve been meaning to but haven’t taken the time yet.

  5. Nice to know about you and quiet intrigued to tell my story on my blog. Except being a father I can certainly relate to all these. I have a day time job and two blogs only. I manage projects and typically spend 9 -6 at work. Blogging start at 8PM for me, probably as we don’t have a child to play with.

    We are also a new home owner (2 months ago moved to new house). House is still in mess but yard is nice as my entire weekend goes to yard work. I just love gardening.

    I know its a tough world but there but the extra income I bring in makes it all nice.

  6. Very interesting! I always love reading about how bloggers manage their time while they still run a day job. It is a constant struggle balancing family, day job, blog, and side hustles! Very impressive!

  7. I always love getting an inside look at how other bloggers work. I’m in *total* agreement on not being an early riser. I’m much more of a night owl. I’ll work from 10-6, take a break to spend time with my fiance, and then I’m typically back to work around 9-12. I’m trying to make adjustments to have better balance, but that’s almost laughable. =) I have no clue how I’d fit a kid in there!

  8. You are a super dad, Grayson! You have a job, hustles, and role at home. Wow, I can’t believe how you manage it on a daily basis. Good luck! Congratulations on your article published in Huffingtonpost by the way.