My daily planner: A copywriters’ day

morning

I always check my Trello. Trello is genuinely the only way I can keep track of home and work-based tasks. Since the lockdown I’ve become quite fond of DIY, so I like putting up shelves and finding little space-savers on Ebay that can make life more efficient.

In the morning, over a cup of tea, I set or have a look at the tasks I’ve set for the day. I open the reference sites I’m going to need and any other apps. I then split them between desktops and move to whichever task is most urgent. Paid work always comes first. I love to volunteer but paying bills has to come to first.

midday

Exercise time! Well it’s often something active. It might be grocery shopping, some back breaking yoga or even up-cycling DIY. Now I’m not one of those people who feels peace and tranquility with yoga and I am not particularly bendy. I honestly do it because it’s good for me, not because I like it. Personally, doing something you hate because it’s good for you is a great sign of discipline and as much as I hate it when I’m doing it, the rewards are great.

I love DIY though. It’s only since the lockdown that I’ve found this all-consuming passion for it. I’ve honestly never felt so much pride in my life. It’s almost like a puzzle that needs to be solved, which I have to say is why I like it. As a believer in climate change and responsibility for local environments, I think it’s important to up-cycle. During the restrictions, huge amounts of people have seen this as an opportunity for spring cleaning. You name it and I’ve found it – dining room tables, mirrors, beds, cupboards…Some needed a clean, others I’ve re-upholstered, painted or made into floating shelves. It’s just really satisfying to see how it all comes together.

I do this things in increments though. I prepare spaces and take a couple of hours out and then back to work. If I was stuck on a piece of work here though, this is where the creative juices start flowing. Get active, to get writing.

afternoon

Usually this is when I get started on some admin. It usually means making sure I’ve written down anything that needs to be passed on to the client to track my progress. I make sure my accounts are in order and I check on any outstanding orders or invoices.

I create educational resources and tutor in the afternoons because it’s usually when I feel most enthusiastic about learning. I’m a life-long learner myself so my Pinterest is devoted to learning new skills as well as my joining courses on Hubspot Academy & Coursera. Some I take for fun and others I take to learn some more professional skills.

evening

I usually work long into the evenings. I shouldn’t but then I actually enjoy work. I try to get in some time for Sketchaday, which is community app for budding artists. It’s often the time when I start writing emails specifically so they go out in the mornings. I might not be fully awake but I’m definitely awake enough in the evenings.

Bed before midnight if I’m lucky!

Published by Lola Small

Postgraduate Londoner. Podcaster & Writer. Life is always political.

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