A Day in the Life
I've had a lot of people asking me how I handle working a full-time job as well as launching my own company so I wanted to share some insight into how I make it work and why it's required a lot more sacrifice than I thought.
To start, one of the few blessings in disguise from working my banking job was that I got very used to working 16 hour days. As much as I hated it then, I realized when I was able to leave my new job at 6pm, I was left wondering what to do with myself for an extra 6 hours a day! For those of you that know me, you know that I can't just sit around and watch TV. I usually can barely make it through a 2-hour movie at times. I love to be busy and I love to be running around, so it was almost inevitable for me to come up with a project to keep me busy.
The second really helpful factor was that I had just moved into my own apartment, so I had a lot of quiet alone time to be productive and get things done. I loved living with my friends, but I somehow always got talked into going out for drinks or brunch, which I eventually had to really cut back on to dedicate time to building this company. Part of cutting back on some of these activities was due to timing and the other was due to saving money - starting a sustainable apparel business is not cheap!
Finally, I found that when I started doing work that I was really energized and passionate about, I'd stay up until 1 AM and not even realize it. Working on a credit risk report for your boss until the early morning versus sketching and designing your passion project makes for a very different late-night experience. I'd almost have to force myself to close my computer and go to bed because I'm also someone who needs at least 7 hours of sleep a night or I start to get very testy and emotional (hence why the banking job reeked havoc on me).
I really don't have a set schedule that I hold myself to, but I do try to spend at least 2-3 hours a day working on Reprise. Some days that means waking up at 6 and working at the Think Coffee near my apartment before work, while others it means staying in on a Saturday and dedicating time to blogging and promoting the brand. It has really become a big balancing act for me. The internet is flush with stories of people who wake up at 4am every morning and I've just found that, not only does that sound incredibly painful, but it's not doable for me. Nor is staying up until 4am every night. So I've had to find ways to incorporate work into my schedule and sometimes that means skipping things like drinks with friends or Netflix nights.
I do find that time blocking certain hours has helped keep me accountable, while my newly formed love for bullet journaling pushes me to meet my daily goals or posting, tweeting, or promoting. It's all still a learning process for me to try to have a well-balanced life, while still growing a startup company!
If you have any tips on how you set aside time for yourself and your to-do list, I'd love to hear them!