Work tasks I do each day

How I work each day - as a freelance writer

I would say that I am a particularly productive person and very organised girl anyway, way before I became a blogger and freelance writer. When I worked in Human Resources Management prior to having my twins I was as efficient as I could be and kept on top of my work schedule as much as I could. It actually made me feel stressed and run down when I wasn’t on top of work projects or emails.

Now that I work for myself at home (with no manager or team to rely on me) and I only have 3 days alone to juggle it all – it can be more of a challenge making sure that I deliver on everything. I seem to be so busy too at the moment and so my time needs to be well spent!

It isn’t about working harder or longer hours, but sometimes just looking at how you work and changing some of your processes.

So here is how I work each day:

1/ Work on one task without getting distracted.

How easy is it to slide off into social media and then get totally caught up in something else for hours?! Especially when social media is part of the territory. I need it so much for my job but when I need to knuckle down and work on something specific I switch it off for an hour or so.

They key to getting a task done is to schedule set time during the day, which I do. I spend set time writing articles and posts (usually the morning as I find that I am the most productive then). This means that I get my freelance work done quickly and then I can spend quality time on social media at lunchtime and in the evening when everybody is about!

Work tasks I do each day

2/ Check emails. I check my emails at set times throughout the day and make sure that I have replied to everything that comes in that day – even if it is just a quick one to say thank you and that I’ll be back in touch in a few days. I am always professional and polite in my reply and I don’t often ignore an email (unless it is clearly junk!).

Once I have finished with an email or the communication is over I file the email under one of my email folders (such as PR, freelance, admin etc) and then if I need to refer to it again I can quickly find it. I hate having too many emails clogging up my inbox!

3/ Lists. Yeah, yeah…you KNOW I love a good list. But they are the key to my organised working life. I keep one handwritten list by my side at my desk and then another spreadsheet for financial information on the iMac. I refer to both each day.


I must add that since the twins started preschool 3 days a week I have been able to take on more work. But that time still runs away with me. And as my work and blog continues to get much busier being efficient is therefore more important these days in order to stop the plates falling! Plus I aim to spend the 2 full days during the week that I have on my own with the children solely with them and not working.

How do you stay organised? I’d love to know!

Love, Jess x

Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. May 3, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Great to get to know how you get it all done lately. Your blog is truly so gorgeous and amazing and you are doing so so well. I am so proud of you in the awards babes. Your photography looks so glamorous post after post I am coming over for some lessons babes I could do with inspiration and tips lately. Loving your work schedule. I think this is half my problem of not setting things down in stone for myself and getting frazzled.

    • Jess
      May 3, 2016 / 1:06 pm

      Wow thanks Jenny…so honoured that you said this! I do work hard but as there are only so many hours in the day sometimes I have to be more efficient with my time! Your blog is amazing and congrats to you too – good luck because you really, truly deserve to win this year xxx

  2. May 3, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    Great post! I would absolutely love to work as a freelance writer – would you consider doing a blog post on it? Or have you already done one.

    Also, I absolutely love the rose gold lamp in your photo above. Gorgeous! Loving your blog xx

    • Jess
      May 3, 2016 / 7:27 pm

      I have! Check out my blogging & business section or do email me too, happy to chat xx

      • May 3, 2016 / 7:32 pm

        Thank you very much xx

  3. May 3, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    I am usually very organised but can sometimes find myself flitting from one thing to another when I’m really busy and end up so stressed out, trying to run a business, a blog, be a mum and manage all of Archie’s appointments, therapies & paperwork really gets on top of me. It’s so true about not necessarily working harder or longer hours. I found myself doing that and that was the problem. I’ve scaled back & my sister is taking over the bulk of the business so I can concentrate on my boys & my blog. PS love the work space lady, gorgeous!

    • Jess
      May 3, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      Good plan! I agree – sometimes asking for a bit of support helps too. I have got my hubby doing some more chores around the house! and said no to a few things lately that weren’t worth my time xx

  4. May 3, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    I’m reading this with great interest…Having set out a rough plan of action this week. I end up over working on my freelancing because I want to impress and then run out of time for blogging or housework….ahhhhh xx

    • Jess
      May 3, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      Good to hear you have a plan of action! I find it hard to balance it all – and prioritise! Especially when it all seems important! xx

  5. May 3, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    Great post and something to take note of. I used to be so organised until I had LB but I would work constantly. Now I have 3 hrs while he’s at preschool 3 days a week and it’s so hard to keep on rope of it all. I really should set out time slots like you say as my to do list keeps getting bigger rather than smaller. Also Jenny is completely right you are doing a fab job with this blog, keeping posts flowing and a real mix of topics. Congrats on your nominations-all voted for of course x

    • Jess
      May 4, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks lovely – MUCH appreciated and really kind 🙂 xx

  6. May 4, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    You are seriously organised it takes me about 3 days to reply to an email let alone have folders for them haha

    • Jess
      May 4, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Ha ha !! Love this xx

  7. May 5, 2016 / 11:33 am

    Ooh I love this, I’m such an organisation-lover it’s unreal! I wrote about how I stay organised early last week, and I love hearing how others stay organised too. Have you seen the US blog, ‘I Heart Organizing’? It’s one of my favourites, I reckon you would like it too lovely! x

    • Jess
      May 5, 2016 / 12:57 pm

      Off to look!! Sounds amazing 🙂 xx

  8. September 19, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    I really need to get myself organised to be more productive! It’s so hard when social media is part of the job to not slip off into the black hole that is procrastination!! I haven’t yet get a child free day but once little one is in nursery I will have one morning a week to really get some freelance work done and grow my client base. Sometimes I think something’s got to give. I do love a good list too! x

    • Jess
      September 19, 2016 / 8:40 pm

      Child free days are very productive and they do help – I do have to work here and there around the twins but tend to find thats mostly emails. Good luck!! xx

  9. October 31, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Great advice, I need to get better at sticking to my schedule, I am a fine one for wasting hours writing in my bullet journal, planning my days with precision, and then everything going out of the window when I get distracted. x

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