For those of you who work from home

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For us internet marketers who finally got to quit our day job this question is for you. Now that your "FREE". Whats your daily or weekly schedule like? And how many sites are you managing at once??

I have several sites and niches so each day focuses on 2 different sites.

Here is mine. (everything is "at least")

I wake up early so
8-10 : Eat Breakfast, workout
10-12 : Two Blogs, Two Tweets, Update Facebook, Two forum post, Two forum comments, Two blog comments.
12-1 : Nap
1-5: lunch, work on weekly projects (email blast & weekly video,new ebooks), New ads or graphics, one product review. 2 Tweets. One blog. Post on forums and comment.
8-9pm: Sharpen the saw- Study

Weekly
Check all stats and conversion rates and adjust accordingly.
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  • Profile picture of the author cbreceipt
    Nice. Wish I can take an hour nap daily
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  • Profile picture of the author ConnorMcCreesh
    I tend to stray from schedule, i do try to search forums and buy other products, read reviews etc to get ideas and experience for product launches. Most of my "work" is learning. Though when a product is on sale i do give a couple hours a day to boost it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Theriot
    Originally Posted by awbarton222 View Post

    For us internet marketers who finally got to quit our day job this question is for you. Now that your "FREE". Whats your daily or weekly schedule like? And how many sites are you managing at once??

    I have several sites and niches so each day focuses on 2 different sites.

    Here is mine. (everything is "at least")

    I wake up early so
    8-10 : Eat Breakfast, workout
    10-12 : Two Blogs, Two Tweets, Update Facebook, Two forum post, Two forum comments, Two blog comments.
    12-1 : Nap
    1-5: lunch, work on weekly projects (email blast & weekly video,new ebooks), New ads or graphics, one product review. 2 Tweets. One blog. Post on forums and comment.
    8-9pm: Sharpen the saw- Study

    Weekly
    Check all stats and conversion rates and adjust accordingly.
    I quit my day job but I mostly just do that same job freelance now (launch, blog, and email copy).

    I'd be interested in more detail on how your list above breaks down across the 2 sites you work on each day, and how many sites are you actively maintaining with this schedule?

    I'm trying to get into spreading my info to my own benefit vs. strictly for the people I write for, and I was thinking I need to have multiple sites. I'd love more insight if you care to share.
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  • Profile picture of the author emumbert1
    I tried in vain to come up with a schedule that worked. I put it into outlook as recurring events...made a little 3x5 card w/ schedule on it and taped it to the bottom of my monitor. It worked for about 3 weeks, then started to unravel. I really thought about why the routine was going south on me. This is what I came up with: Every day I learn a little more about Internet Marketing. Slowly my daily needs change and I might write articles for a whole day, if I'm on a roll. Another day, I might be kind of burned out on writing or absorbing any more information...so I'll just hit forums and see what others are doing. Another day might be a combination of back linking, studying keyword lists for something interesting, checking stats to see where my efforts are paying off, etc.

    What I'm getting at is that this IM has to be fun and not so regimented that I can't change things up when I feel like it. I always try to keep my eye on the goal...but I don't let it control my life, either. If I want to go watch a Little League game..I do it. If there's nothing good on the tube Saturday night, I might spend 3-4 hours working.

    I've been working 50 years (since I was 12), owned radio stations, a newspaper, and a real estate office. In that time, I've come to the conclusion that no 2 days are ever alike...so just keep a short list handy of the major tasks that bring success and keep at it every day. Build yourself a to-do list every morning and get as much done as you can.

    The quickest way for me to burn out is to try and be too regimented every day.
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  • Profile picture of the author awbarton222
    I have 6 sites.

    So when I say 2 blogs I do one for two of my sites on monday, then tuesday I do the same for 2 of my others sites, then wed is the same, then start over thursday and i do nothing sunday. So each site gets 2 new blogs a week, plenty of tweets and other back linking (squidoo,ezine, etc.) (I love SEnuke!) Sometimes ill throw a 3rd blog in at the end of the day.

    I totally understand what some of you are saying. I just personally work better with a checklist of things to do with a time line to do them in. I of course switch it up here and there.
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  • Profile picture of the author EthanDenney
    After spending some time living what I thought was the Internet Lifestyle after quitting my job, then getting to sleep late, working whenever I wanted to, staying up late at night knowing I didn't have any early commitments in the morning, etc.

    I finally decided, that to be able to grow my business to another level, I needed to add a little more structure to my life. So I did. But, in a way that came very naturally to me and didn't seemed forced upon like it is when you have a job, go to school, and what not.

    So here's my schedule (based on activity and recovery), maybe you'll find it works for you too...

    8 - 10: 30 : Wake Up, Stretch/Breakfast, Read/Watch videos that help move me towards my goals, but also help get me into a creative/peak state.
    10:45 - 11: Power Nap (no longer than 15 - 20 minutes)
    11:30 - 1:45 : Creative Block 1, 15 min-BREAK/Time to disengage from work, Creative Block 2
    1:45 - 2:30 : Lunch
    2:30 - 4: Gym or Creative Block 3, followed by another Power Nap.
    4 - 7 or 8: 3 Fulfillment/Content Blocks with 15 minute breaks in between.
    7 or 8 - 12: Relax, catch up with family and friends, etc.
    12 am: Back to sleep!

    During the fulfillment or content blocks I'm either implementing traffic generation strategies, putting content I created in my creative blocks into a deliverable format, maintaining my sites and membership sites and so on. Just wanted to clear that up if it seemed confusing lol.

    Hope this can be of some use to anyone looking for a schedule optimized for productivity and keeping your energy levels high through out the day :-)

    Cheers!
    Ethan

    P.S. I personally am actively managing 1 membership site, 1 personal blog, 1 business site, and have my team managing the rest of our sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Steve,

      The quickest way for me to burn out is to try and be too regimented every day.
      I'm with Steve - it probably wouldn't burn me out, but it would make me deeply unhappy to have any kind of fixed routine.

      The way I see it is that the biggest part of my 'pay' from work is the way that I live my life. I've done the routine thing in my 'previous life' (hence 'exrat') but for me now some of my favourite lifestyle choices are having virtually no need for a watch (except for occasional appointments EG tennis court bookings or client meetings) - so I just use my phone as a watch/alarm and enjoy not actually owning a watch. I don't have a diary either.

      I basically do exactly what I want, when I want - usually on a whim, totally spontaneously.

      The thought of sectioning my day up into fixed creative blocks scares me to death (no offence). I'd rather wait for the right moment to arrive where I feel creative and then on a whim, take advantage of it.

      I go to the gym regularly, but if I didn't go at wildly varying times in the day, I wouldn't get to meet so many different people (because most people do operate a routine.)

      It's a really nice feeling being totally out of the regimented loop that nearly everyone else is forced into. It makes me chuckle how people do different types of things on weekdays and weekends - I don't even really notice the difference anymore.

      The more I'm out of the loop, the more I notice that others are in it. I get the opportunity to avoid stress and annoyance by shopping when the masses aren't, travelling when I know there won't be traffic jams and avoiding rush hours and school runs. In this country holidays (here or abroad) cost twice as much in school holiday times - I can avoid that and get bargains and less hassle and queueing too.

      I get to sunbathe on half-empty beaches on Monday afternoons. My friends still make the mistake of asking me 'what are your plans?' When they really should have clicked by now that planning is something I thoroughly enjoy avoiding. Spontaneity rocks!

      I only mention these things in case someone else reading this gets the opportunity to try it out as a lifestyle experiment - it's brought me great happiness and true liberation from 'the norm.' There's nothing like waking up and then deciding what to do with the day.

      One of my favourite quips is if a friend wants to come and stay over or something I say, 'hang on, I'll check my diary....no, it's completely empty as usual.'

      A word of warning though - once you are out of the loop, the horrors of 'the norm' are pretty much intolerable. Crowded supermarkets, excessive queueing, traffic jams, crowded beaches and unnecessary stress or noise are now pretty much intolerable for me and seem like such a poor choice of how to spend my time.

      I've seen both sides of the coin and I will fight to the death to maintain my current lifestyle - you can slow time down when you're on your own watch and there's not much that's better than never having anyone telling you what to do - ever. For the right price someone can buy the right, but the contract will always be one that allows me to rip it up if it encroaches on my liberty/lifestyle.

      Hi cbreceipt,

      Nice. Wish I can take an hour nap daily
      I often do, or three hours if required. In fact I got woken up by a storm at 2am this morning and have been working/reading through the night, with a nice dawn chorus at 5am onwards from my feathered friends. So I guess a siesta is on the cards today at some point.

      Again, my point is - a lot of people could have this lifestyle, if they wanted it. You just have to want it enough to do what's necessary and you need to 'dare to be different.' A lack of 'other commitments' helps too. I recommend it, if you hadn't guessed
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      • Profile picture of the author Brad Campbell
        ExRat - couldn't agree more with what you said right here:

        "A word of warning though - once you are out of the loop, the horrors of 'the norm' are pretty much intolerable."

        I had to set my alarm for the first time in about 8 months the other day to catch an early flight and couldn't believe how horrible it seemed until I thought back to the days of the dreaded 5:30 beep beep beep...having to climb out of bed just hating life and the 10 hour shift that awaited me, lol.

        It's sad how quickly we get spoiled and tend to take the lifestyle for granted. I'm with you - I'd do just about anything to ensure I never had to spend another weekday doing a job I hated and living according to someone else and their thoughts about how I should dress, when I can take a 15-min break, and the list goes on and on.

        Sometimes I think I should be more organized and serious, but it's a great feeling when you never really "have" to do anything on a given day if you don't feel up to it.

        Naps, workouts and pool time account for a lot of my day and I try to save any work for that 'magical window' of time where I really feel focused and motivated.
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        • Profile picture of the author ExRat
          Hi Brad,

          Ah, a like-minded soul. Welcome to the forum.

          Sometimes I think I should be more organized and serious, but it's a great feeling when you never really "have" to do anything on a given day if you don't feel up to it.
          Yeah, I enjoy asking myself the same sort of question, examining it rationally, then coming right back to the exact same conclusion, which is - no, being more organised and serious is not going to improve my life.

          I have tested that approach many times just to make sure I'm not deluding myself, but for me it doesn't work. The stress of being organised and serious ruins my ability, productivity, creativity etc and I end up going at a million miles an hour to achieve nothing. Being free, being relaxed and being happy just plain works for me.

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          • Profile picture of the author Brad Campbell
            haha, nicely put. thanks for the welcome - i typically avoid forums at all costs, but this seems to be really legit and i've actually been able to answer quite a few random questions over the past few months, thanks to some of these threads...

            see you around....
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            • Profile picture of the author ExRat
              Hi Brad,

              haha, nicely put. thanks for the welcome - i typically avoid forums at all costs, but this seems to be really legit
              Well in truth, I spend as much time avoiding the forum as I do participating. Nothing's perfect.

              Time for that siesta.
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      • Profile picture of the author darthtoon
        Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

        A word of warning though - once you are out of the loop, the horrors of 'the norm' are pretty much intolerable. Crowded supermarkets, excessive queueing, traffic jams, crowded beaches and unnecessary stress or noise are now pretty much intolerable for me and seem like such a poor choice of how to spend my time.
        That's an excellent point - I've been self employed for 6 years now, working from home for the last 2 and I find the longer it goes on the more unsociable I get, I just can't be bothered with the day to day BS I used to accept as inevitable.

        I find I work best early in the day, so my daily routine tends to look like:

        Get up at 8, work till 10
        Breakfast
        Work again until 2, have lunch then a nap and that's pretty much me done for day!
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      • Profile picture of the author Ron Douglas
        Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

        Hi Steve,

        I basically do exactly what I want, when I want - usually on a whim, totally spontaneously.

        ExRat, you are my hero LOL.

        Financially I could ditch any semblance of a routine, but my desire for even greater things often pulls me back to this computer. At age 35, I have as much free time as I like but I still have lots to accomplish.
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        • Profile picture of the author ExRat
          Hi Ron,

          Thanks.

          I hope I explained myself adequately because we share this -

          I still have lots to accomplish
          The 'sunbathing with a cocktail' smiley might have given the wrong impression? (post#11)

          My main point is that how we go about this can be anything we want it to be, no matter how successful (or not) we already are.

          To put it another way, we all find ourselves somewhere on the spectrum between 'thinker' and 'doer'.

          Obviously, if we focus solely on the one extreme, that can have detrimental results -

          EG

          A thinker who never does, might struggle to pay the bills.

          A doer who never thinks, might find themselves enslaved by those looking to enslave them on a permanently low (inadequate?) wage with no means to escape.

          Previously I was more like the latter and I was very unhappy. I realised that this was due to conditioning by those who are smarter than I. So I stopped beating myself up for thinking and now enjoy playing around with the doer/thinker balance and examining what I learn.

          Many threads by successful people here have helped me to understand that it is as dangerous to act without thought, as it is to do nothing - put another way, just working hard isn't smart at all, if what you are working on is a complete waste of time because it hasn't been thought through.

          But 'society' (IE global marketers) have a vested interest in maintaining the myth and making sure that the masses are working so hard that they don't have time to think - this is the nature of 'the matrix'.

          So I try to help others by encouraging them to value their 'head-real-estate', protect it from insidious influence and unplug themselves from 'the loop' in order to help them to re-discover their own abilities.

          Financially I could ditch any semblance of a routine, but my desire for even greater things often pulls me back to this computer.
          You can still achieve great things with your computer even without a routine.

          I hope that explains a little better.
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  • Profile picture of the author fortress
    I spend 4-5 hours on internet marketing. For my time to be wisely spent, I read and research more on the relevant and important trends nowadays to double my income. For me, I should take a good look to what the people interest most. Time management is actually important and it's good to have like yours.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Baker
    Originally Posted by awbarton222 View Post

    For us internet marketers who finally got to quit our day job this question is for you. Now that your "FREE". Whats your daily or weekly schedule like? And how many sites are you managing at once??

    I have several sites and niches so each day focuses on 2 different sites.

    Here is mine. (everything is "at least")

    I wake up early so
    8-10 : Eat Breakfast, workout
    10-12 : Two Blogs, Two Tweets, Update Facebook, Two forum post, Two forum comments, Two blog comments.
    12-1 : Nap
    1-5: lunch, work on weekly projects (email blast & weekly video,new ebooks), New ads or graphics, one product review. 2 Tweets. One blog. Post on forums and comment.
    8-9pm: Sharpen the saw- Study

    Weekly
    Check all stats and conversion rates and adjust accordingly.
    That is a great time schedule you got there! I wish I could do the same but then I would have to throw my wife out.....

    Hhhhhhmmmmm....I wonder.....
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  • Profile picture of the author theemperor
    Originally Posted by awbarton222 View Post

    10-12 : Two Blogs, Two Tweets, Update Facebook, Two forum post, Two forum comments, Two blog comments.
    12-1 : Nap
    1-5: lunch, work on weekly projects (email blast & weekly video,new ebooks), New ads or graphics, one product review. 2 Tweets. One blog. Post on forums and comment.
    So did you start this thread while you were asleep?
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  • Profile picture of the author webcreationuk
    Really great that way. Here is mine:

    8 - wake up
    8-9 - coffee, cigarettes and breakfast
    9-20 - work (break for smoking, eating and seinfeld)
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    • Profile picture of the author WritingMadwoman
      I agree with Steve and Roger, I tend to get a lot more accomplished if I don't schedule my work too rigidly. I do make lists of things I'd like to get done, and most of them do get done. I just juggle them around, a LOT. lol :p

      I also get a lot of "inspired ideas" that I need to put into motion quickly, so it helps if I'm not bogged down with things I "have" to do.

      One major thing I do is try to focus most of my daily activities on the tasks I know will boost the bottom line: writing and submitting content, product reviews, mailings, creating new products. Everything else gets done when I feel inspired to do it (which is pretty regularly as long as I'm not forcing myself to do it - I guess I resist being "managed" even if I'm the manager!).

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      • Profile picture of the author Elle Holder
        I have 7 sites that I spend a significant amount of time on.

        As far as scheduling goes, I can't be too regimented as that makes me crazy. I prefer to take some time on the weekend and outline what I need to do for the following week. And then get it done. Whenever I get it done during the week, as long as it's done. If that means cramming the following weekend--and sometimes it does--I still try my best to get everything on my list done.

        Having said that, there are a few things I always tend to do first thing in the morning. A few mindless tasks that just help me to get my head in the right space for the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author duia
    From where I stand, it seem that you are a little lazy.
    For me, it is really not easy to find time for a short nap.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I have over 100 sites. I've been working for myself for over 10 years and never had a "schedule" of sorts. I get up early and start working either building content for my sites, checking out what's going on here , building a new site or product, etc.

    I frequently take a few hour break in the afternoon and read or garden and then work a few more hours in the evening.

    I don't have set days off. I take off when I want to. Nothing scientific or structured about the way I work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
    I work many more hours now then I ever did at a regular offline job. It is much more enjoyable for me though so the time goes by so fast! I probably work too many hours.

    I don't stick to a rigid schedule because it seems like there are always unforseen issues that demand my attention. I am slower at computer, security, web page building and other tech issues. I am faster at writing, marketing etc and get much more done when I can concentrate on those.

    I would love to get to the point when I could hire or outsource for my weaker areas. I could develop a much better daily schedule and be more focused on my stronger areas.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ernie Lo
    This is all so motivating guys...yet makes me very jealous!

    I can't wait for the day I can start living free like yous can,
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    • Profile picture of the author thatgirlJ
      Oh how I wish I could have a schedule with more time to focus Actually, it's easier now that the baby is a little older.

      We wake up around 8 and I get both boys up and ready for the day. We tend to lounge around and watch "Thomas" or read in bed for a while (why I LOVE being a stay at home mom).

      The baby usually naps around 10 or so, and I try and get some work done while my toddler plays (doesn't always happen).

      My wonderful husband gets home in the afternoon, and he'll often take both boys so I can get an hour or so.

      Finally, everyone is in bed by 9 or so...and I do a marathon of work until around midnight.

      Any time I can find to work is precious, because I don't get much of it

      I've found that you do what you have to do in the time you have to do it in, no matter what the circumstances. Working with a baby and a toddler is extremely challenging, but I'm motivated and it works for me!
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      • Profile picture of the author ExRat
        Hi Jenn,

        We tend to lounge around and watch "Thomas"
        Ah, I have fond memories of Thomas the tank engine. It's actually more beneficial for the parents in my opinion, as it speaks to the children in their language - one that they already understand, but that we have often forgotten and can gain from being reminded about.

        I credit Thomas with helping me change from being a troublesome truck into a really useful engine
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      • Profile picture of the author TiffanyB
        Originally Posted by Jenn Dize View Post

        Oh how I wish I could have a schedule with more time to focus Actually, it's easier now that the baby is a little older.

        We wake up around 8 and I get both boys up and ready for the day. We tend to lounge around and watch "Thomas" or read in bed for a while (why I LOVE being a stay at home mom).

        The baby usually naps around 10 or so, and I try and get some work done while my toddler plays (doesn't always happen).

        My wonderful husband gets home in the afternoon, and he'll often take both boys so I can get an hour or so.

        Finally, everyone is in bed by 9 or so...and I do a marathon of work until around midnight.

        Any time I can find to work is precious, because I don't get much of it

        I've found that you do what you have to do in the time you have to do it in, no matter what the circumstances. Working with a baby and a toddler is extremely challenging, but I'm motivated and it works for me!
        My schedule sounds a lot like yours. Usually get up around 8 or so and then I usually don't start working till around 10 and then I only work for about an hour while the two little ones play (my son is obsessed with Thomas and still talks about how he got to ride Thomas last month).

        Then after lunch around 1:30 or so my youngest takes a nap and then I will work for about 1-2 hours more.

        The kids are usually both sleeping by 9 and then I work from 9pm-1am and then I am back up at 8. For awhile I was working until about 3am but that got to be way too much with only a few hours of sleep at night.

        I squeeze in as much focused work as I can whenever possible. I love the fact that I can stay home with my little ones and still contribute to the family income.

        I do have a daily to-do list that I try to accomplish but often times the list gets rolled over to the next day, which is fine. I just prioritize each week on what I have to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vishal Mahadik
    I love writing value added content. So most of my daily time goes for content writing for my own sites... I mostly spend 6-7 hours on Writing, Publishing and on keyword research.
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  • Profile picture of the author txconx
    I have over 50 sites, building up to double that number.

    I've worked from home for years before IM. What I like about IM is no clients, no billing, no deadlines.

    I'm a bit of a workaholic and I don't require a lot of sleep. My children are grown and I only have 1 adult child still living here (low maintenance!).

    I get up early, usually around 6 a.m., and start working on my daily caffeine intake. I switch on the computer, check e-mail, check social networks, read the forums.

    Then I check the site stats and start working. From about 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 or 5:00, I'm working on existing sites, article writing, site promotion, or prepping a new site for launch. During breaks, I might do some housework or some baking. By about 5:00, I'm fried. I switch off the computer and fix dinner and don't go back to the computer unless there's nothing to read and/or nothing on TV. If I work late in the evening, it's doing stuff that's fairly mindless. I've learned from years of experience that I'm most productive in the mornings, so that's when I do things like article writing and keyword research.

    Sometimes I work in the house. Sometimes I work by the pool. Sometimes I take a couple days off and go play blackjack. I enjoy what I do so it doesn't feel like "work." I probably work just as hard as I did in my other home-based business, only I don't feel the pressure because I have no clients to please and no deadlines. I'm happy to put in 12-hours doing something I love that's low stress.
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  • Profile picture of the author ExRat
    Hi theemperor,

    So did you start this thread while you were asleep?
    I'm not sure if you're basing that on the post timestamp, but unless I'm mistaken it changes based on the timezone settings you have chosen in your control panel.

    Hi duia,

    From where I stand, it seem that you are a little lazy.
    For me, it is really not easy to find time for a short nap.
    I find this interesting. Obviously, I don't know your circumstances, so no offence intended. The way I see it is that even the busiest person in the world can find time for a nap - as long as they want it enough (and they are not enslaved) and are willing to make the necessary sacrifices.

    A big part of freedom for me is freedom of thought/the mind/the will - the freedom to totally cast off any external recommendations about 'how life should be lived' - if one so wishes. It's taken me some time to understand this concept, but now I never 'waste' any time.

    If I am staring into space, I am in deep contemplation and I appreciate the value of that activity.

    If I'm reading (or writing, like now) I'm learning and increasing the value of my 'head-real-estate' and possibly increasing my hourly rate.

    If I am watching a spider build a web outside my window, I am analysing that creature's life and actively looking for comparisons and lessons. Sometimes, these simple activities can inspire a new article or a new way of looking at something - sometimes even a business breakthrough.

    If I am driving on a long journey, it's no longer a hassle. It's free time where I can safely sing to my favourite songs without anyone hearing the awful noise. It's a chance to take in different surroundings and benefit from 'a change is as good as a rest'.

    I could waffle on, but my point is that in the past I was conditioned to think in a certain way that involved regularly cursing my luck, having a blinkered, rigid view of the world, my place in it, my choices about my time, my activities and my way of life - and most importantly a rigid perspective, similar to 'the masses' that made me a typical consumer, a prime target for global marketers way more savvy than me.

    I decided that they were not going to continue to win this battle with my mind, thus shaping my thoughts, my actions and my life. It was then that I found a new type of freedom I didn't truly know existed (freedom of the mind and the will).

    With this new perspective I see things way differently than I did before and I see many who are still blissfully ignorant, like I was before (no offence to anyone intended).

    Each day of my life is now a personal development adventure and the main beauty of it is that I have no idea where it is leading me, except that it gets better every day. Work is a part of that, but it is of secondary importance and it's main purpose is to pay for necessities and sometimes luxuries in order to sustain the primary purpose. I find this approach way more healthy on every level. I need and desire much less, but get more. Envy is a rare occurrence. I want for nothing because I am rich in time and philosophical about the rest.

    I have met many people who probably think that my perspective on this is a bit 'out there'. But to be honest those people tend to be the sort who typically get agitated if they miss an episode of their favourite soap opera, even though they have read the week's plot in advance in the weekly magazine. They surreptitiously start believing that 'real' life is what they have seen presented in the soaps - which in truth is a figment of one writer's imagination.

    These same people get their kicks playing the lottery - discussing 'what they would do if they won' then cursing their 'luck' when they don't win (again). They rush to spend all of their available money on the latest must-have gadgets in a never ending game of oneupmanship, yet constantly moan about their lives and their lack of control over it and lack of time and satisfaction - yet they interrupt their conversation with me to check who their latest text message is from (usually it's a 'false alarm' sales message from the phone company).

    I think that they're a bit 'out there'. :rolleyes:

    They don't appear to have the time to pay attention to anything. Perhaps it's easier that way?

    Hi Darthtoon,

    I've been self employed for 6 years now, working from home for the last 2 and I find the longer it goes on the more unsociable I get, I just can't be bothered with the day to day BS I used to accept as inevitable.
    Obviously, I totally agree with the 'BS' part of that. As for the 'unsociable' aspect, possibly not so much.

    I did struggle with it at first and did/do spend a lot of time alone, but that was my default preference right from the start and I'm happier in my own space than anyone I have met. I'm never alone though - I have the spiders outside my window and the birds singing for me

    In general though, I don't find socialising a problem when called upon. The only problem I have is that most people I know are living in a slightly different world to me, so their idea of 'good socialising' is somewhat different to mine and my enjoyment of my own company tends to mess with other peoples' brains a bit. It annoys me to get unwanted sympathy off people at certain traditional 'family' times of the year, because if they could understand my perspective a little, they would see that in fact I pity them for their lack of control over their time and environment and therefore their sympathy is truly ironic.

    Sorry to waffle, but I find it interesting. I don't mean to dominate or 'turn' the thread or suggest that those (like the OP) who have set timetables are any better or worse off. I just find it interesting - fascinating, actually.
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    • Profile picture of the author theemperor
      Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

      Hi theemperor,

      I'm not sure if you're basing that on the post timestamp, but unless I'm mistaken it changes based on the timezone settings you have chosen in your control panel.
      Yes on the timestamp - then I realised the time zone would be different. But didn't want to waste a good (or bad) joke he he
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    I have to be honest.

    When I first started, I used a schedule, and it kept me on task.

    But now I am living proof of Parkinson's Law.

    All the best,
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  • Profile picture of the author Leslie B
    I have some sort of schedule, although I change it if I don't feel like working at a certainn time or need to do other things


    4am: wake up, take care of breakfast and lunch Ludo
    5am and 6.30am: housework. I don't like doing housework in the evening, so I do it when he's gone to work and before the kids get up.
    6.30am and 8am: shower and then wake up the kids and get them ready for school.
    8am-8.30am: bring kids to school and enjoy my morning for a bit
    8.30am - 11.55am: work
    11.55am - 1.10pm: kid are home for lunch hour
    1.10pm - 1.20pm: bring kids back to school
    1.20pm - 3.20pm: work
    after that I enjoy my kids, have dinner (which my husband made, he likes cooking I don't) and when the kids are in bed I either get back to work or browse around on the internet seeing as my husband will go to bed around the same time as the kids. Usually I'll be in bed between 1am and 2am.

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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Leslie,

      You get either 2 or 3 hours sleep?!!

      I'm intrigued by 'lunch ludo'.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leslie B
    Hi Roger,

    I don't sleep much during the week, but I get to sleep in during the weekend as Ludo (my husband) can't sleep in. He always wakes up early.

    And when I said "take care of breakfast and lunch Ludo" it means I make sure that he eats a decent breakfast and that his lunch is ready to take with him to work. If I don't he spends too much money on junk food.

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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Leslie,

      Ah, thanks for explaining. I was imagining some kind of 'ludo' based game which randomly selects different flavoured sandwiches or types of fruit for the kids to eat at lunchtime Perhaps I should get out more...

      I make sure that he eats a decent breakfast and that his lunch is ready to take with him to work
      Following the time-proven principle I see - 'the way to a man's heart is through his stomach'. Smart lady.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
        Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

        Hi Leslie,

        Ah, thanks for explaining. I was imagining some kind of 'ludo' based game which randomly selects different flavoured sandwiches or types of fruit for the kids to eat at lunchtime Perhaps I should get out more...
        Or maybe the Ludovico Technique?



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        • Profile picture of the author ExRat
          Hi Michael,

          That's the second time in this thread you've made me visit Wikipedia It's lucky I've got the 'research word' firefox addon installed for Wikipedia and dictionary.com, what with you and Paul Myers around.
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        • Profile picture of the author Leslie B
          Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

          Or maybe the Ludovico Technique?



          ~M~
          Sure Mike, make fun of my husbands name. Wait till you need a favor from me :p

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  • Profile picture of the author Toby Lewis
    I get up earlyish (8am) because I don't want to waste the day, but then I end up staying awake till the early hours of the morning because that's when the US comes alive (Im in Australia)

    As for a schedule, I have a giant wall-sized white board full of stuff to do, then I just do whatever is most urgent and least overdue Launches, content for monthly subscribers, getting stuff up on elance, giving work to my indian and filipino friends etc

    Then every hour or so I go outside and shoot some hoops so I dont get RSI!
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Toby,

      Then every hour or so I go outside and shoot some hoops so I dont get RSI!
      I think my activities during hourly breaks are what's giving me RSI!
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