It has come to an end. This is part 6 of 6, the final installment, of the Bursting with Bloggers series.
Time is limited. It is priceless. We can always earn more money, or buy more stuff, but once time has passed it is gone forever.
So what does it take to reach success? How should you spend your time? To help put things in perspective I ask 43 of our favorite people…
6. What is your average day like?
Samuel Ayodele of MegaBizFlakes
Let me phrase it in seven words – writing, reading, networking, marketing, email, startups, eat.
Rob Rammuny of Rob’s Web Tips
The only thing consistent in my day is opening my computer to check email haha. Every day is a new day meaning new things to see and do
Sathvik Tantry of There’s Money Everywhere
Wow, tough question! Generally I just go through my “to-do” list and tackle the stuff that is most pressing first. Then, I jump into the stuff that I actually feel like doing that day, until I am tired and need to call it a night. This way, I establish priorities, but also have an opportunity to maximize my personal satisfaction from my work. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–
Dan Andrews of Tropical MBA
No such thing. I write every morning. I hate to work in the early afternoon (1-4 ish) so I generally don’t. I only do things in business that I think are fun, so that allows me to work more than the average person.
Mars Dorian of MarsDorian.com
I spend most of my day on managing my biz, creating content and networking with like-minded crusaders. I also try to do a lot of things in the real world, so that I can use my daily life experience to build a better biz. I want to fully live my life both in the digital and offline world, and the more stuff I do and the more things I make happen, the better I will fulfill my mission of making the world a more creative place. ———————————————————————————————————————————————–
Peter J of Ideas Bubble
School. I’m not a full time blogger, so i’ve still got school to worry about; so most of my day consists of it.
Tristan Higbee of Blogging Bookshelf
I spend at least a couple hours every day replying to comments on my blog. I publish three posts a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), and I write them the day before they’re published. Each post takes anywhere from 2to 4 hours to write, depending on the post. I spend an hour or two working on products or other blogs and websites. And then I spend several hours reading and commenting on other blogs. Twitter, general blog upkeep, and reading books all take up more time every day. I spend between 8 and 12 hours a day doing blog-related activities.
Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle
That’s a difficult question, and it really depends on the country I’m living in, the time of year, the project I’m working on at the time and the people I’m surrounding myself with.
There are times when most of my days are spent exploring new cities, doing my best to blend in or stand out (whichever is the greater challenge), enjoying the simple pleasures of discovering a nearby grocery store or coffee shop.
There are weeks at a time I spend doing little but partying, in apartments with cheap liquor or in four-star hotels with CEO’s and jetsetters from around the world.
Sometimes I spend months at a time glued to my computer, diligently working on a project that has captured my attention or working to take a long-term endeavor to new heights.
Generally it’s a combination of these things, but I view life as a series of moments, and my main goal is to make sure that as many of those moments are good moments as possible. The specifics of ‘good’ are left up to chance and opportunity.
Derek Sivers of Sivers.org
We all go through different phases, right?
For 10 years I was “head down”, just working from 7am to midnight, 7 days a week. Then I sold my company.
For the last 3 years, I’ve been “head up”, lots of reading, writing, speaking at conferences, traveling, meeting people. No structure.
Now I’m about to go back to “head down”. Really looking forward to just working, and applying what I learned over the last few years.
Dele Onibalusi of Young PrePro
I actually don’t have an average day because I’m a little bit undisciplined; I can decide to watch movies for the whole of today and I might not watch a single movie for a week. It depends on my mood, but, I spend a lot of time on my computer everyday (around 8-10 hours).
Jacob Sokol of Sensophy
Being consistent on my fundamentals – the things I know that when I do, I show up as the best person I can possibly be. Meditation, Exercising, Creating, Learning, and Playing!
Chris Guthrie of Make Money on the Internet
I get up around 9:00 AM each morning (no alarm unless I have a meeting or call planned) and this time is usually a little later depending on which Xbox game has come out recently. i.e. when Call of Duty: Black Ops came out I was playing until 1 – 2 in the morning so I was getting up around 10 – 11 AM. But when it comes to work I’m usually at my desk for at least 6 – 8 hours a day. I generally spend an hour answering emails before I get started working and depending on what project I’m doing but I usually always spend at least a few hours a day creating content such as blog posts, videos for products I’m releasing in various niches etc. Depending on what my friends are doing I’ll keep working later on into the night but if people want to hang out or play Call of Duty early and I woke up late I never turn them down. So some days I don’t work a lot, but I always try and make it up if I feel like I’ve been lazy or unproductive by working on the weekends on occasion.
One thing I’m trying to do these days is to come up with a formal productivity system I can follow aka GTD (Get Things Done) because some days I look back at what I accomplished and feel like I didn’t do nearly enough.
Karol Gajda of Ridiculously Extraordinary
I wake up at whatever time my body wakes me up, eat breakfast (usually oatmeal and fruit), and I write. Or I wake up, eat breakfast, and I do something else. It’s tough to answer this question because I don’t have a specific routine I follow. If I had an average day I’d get bored and not enjoy doing what I do as much as I do. I wake up and eat breakfast every day though!
Dino Dogan of DIY Blogger
One ritual I have is to grab a quad, tall, skim caramel macchiato. I usually carry my laptop with me so I’ll hang a while and do some writing and what not while I finish my coffee. Other than that, I like to mix things up and break out of routines.
Murray Lunn of Murlu
Whew. Do you really want to know? haha
Well, to generalize:
I wake up, take some time to think what I want to do for the day and look over my to-do lists. After I get into work, I dive head first into new product launches, email campaigns, programming and more. Once I’m home, I jump right to my computer to take care of ‘management’ which details me responding to comments, emails, catching up with others – I generally do this for about an hour.
Once all of my normal work is over, I take a good block of my time to work on my major business ventures and projects (my latest has been PLRArticlesNow.com). I try to keep my to-do list short but each action has major gains so I’m not just wasting time.
After business is over, I try to spend time writing a new blog post, commenting on other blogs, connecting with my clients and generally interacting and networking with others. I spend an hour or so just learning what I need to do for the next day – just in time learning is amazing!
I have a bit of insomnia so I’m up until about 3-4am each day. I get about 3 1/2 hours of sleep a night (I know, it’s bad) but it lets me keep up the hustle and, quite frankly, I love the rush of it all.
Tyler Tervooren of Advanced Riskology
This totally depends on what I’m working on. I *do* try to keep somesemblance of a daily schedule – write in the morning, connect with others and work on new projects in the afternoon, respond to email in the evening – because it actually helps me stay creative and focused, but sometimes I’ll spend 14 hours working on a really important project at the complete avoidance of every other aspect of life, only to spend the same amount of time the next day laying on the couch reading books or wandering around town.
So, I keep a schedule, but I break it all the time.
Lori Deschene of Tiny Buddha
I work from home, and I often vary my schedule based on what I feel like doing on a given day, whether it’s meeting someone for lunch or tea or doing something for myself. Most days I work around 8 hours, and then many nights I go to the gym. I’ve just revived my yoga practice, so I’m now planning to integrate that back into my schedule.
What I love about my situation is that I can frequently visit my family across the country in Massachusetts and take my work with me. I’m the kind of person who enjoys new experiences, but all it really takes to make me happy is time with the people I love.———————————————————————————————————————————————-
Dirk de Bruin of Upgrade Reality
Wake up, eat, write/create/test, eat, write some more. I go to gym and take breaks regularly, but on an average working day I spend most of it online working on ideas or projects to grow my online business. ———————————————————————————————————————————————–
Oscar Del Ben of Freestyle Mind
If you asked me this question 6 months ago then my answer could have been more interesting as I had just moved to Madrid and I was visiting the city and doing interesting things on most days. Now I’m focusing on my business for a while.
Most days I work from home. I do software consulting for many startups, so I get to work on what I love from my computer. When I’m not working for someone else I either work on some personal projects that I give away for free (a blog post, an open source project), or I work on some iPhone apps that I will later publish on the app store. That’s what I do most days, I also go to martial arts classes two times per week and I spend all Saturday with my girlfriend.
Albert Fang of Moola Days
I am still a student so after I am finished with school, I try my best to write a post every now and then to keep my readers interested. Then, I seek more ways that I could be doing to help improve my website through tools like Google Analytics, user feed, resources from the web, and so on. I try my best everyday to try to keep the website in the best possible shape it can be.
David Garland of The Rise to the Top
If there was one, I’d be bored. For me days include things like: Prepping for interviews, interviewing interesting people, working with sponsors, spending LOTS of time talking and interacting with fans of the show, too much email, sometimes local segments on TV and whatever the day might bring. Always time to spend with my soon-to-be wife and working out. No matter what.
Justin Wright of Life of Justin
I prefer living a fairly simple life so it’s not as crazy as you might think.
For the most part, I keep a pretty simple routine where I wake up whenever I open my eyes and then enjoy a nice breakfast. From there, I start working on various tasks in my to do list until I finish everything I want done for that day. After that, I get outside and hike or ride my bike since I love the outdoors. I also spend a lot of time reading and searching used book stores and record stores for new albums and books to add to my collection. And that’s about it.
Tripp Lanier of The New Man
I wake up and hang with my wife and daughter. We usually walk the dog and have breakfast together. I will then do 30 minutes of meditation followed by a workout. Afterwards, I’m on the phone with coaching clients, doing something for The New Man or answering emails. Since we live near the water, I try to sneak away for some time on my stand up paddleboard. Then dinner together as a family, followed by another walk in the park. Depending on the night, I may rehearse with my band — Sex & Bacon.
Scott & Christy of Ordinary Traveler
On weekdays, I wake up around 7 am, check email, reply to comments, then write for at least 30 minutes to an hour. I go to my day job for about 5-6 hours. Then come home, surf or go for a walk, and work on the blog some more.
On the weekends we surf and spend as much time as we can outdoors.
Marko Saric of How to Make My Blog
I spend quiet a lot of time on my Macbook – I read a lot, I monitor social media a lot, I write a lot, I think a lot. Basically everything I do comes from that little machine so on the average day I spend quiet a lot of time working on it. Good thing is flexibility – can be anywhere, anytime, doing anything I want – but still being able to do the same job – Macbook and Wi-Fi.
Neil Patel of Quick Sprout
I spend most of my day on sales calls, responding to emails, and working with the KISSmetrics marketing team.
Ayngelina Brogan of Bacon is Magic
The great thing is that there is no typical day and I love that. Right now I’m working in a hostel bar so usually I’ll wake up and do the breakfast shift, which also allows me to work on my blog, then head to the market for lunch and walk around with my camera in the afternoon.
Marcus Sheridan of The Sales Lion
Typically I wake up between 7-8am. I’ll spend about 30 minutes with my wife and kids and then head downstairs to my office. Because I own multiple businesses at this point in my life, and also run 4 separate blogs, I write at least one article a day. Often times 2 or 3. In order to promote the growth of TSL, I actively engage with other bloggers so as to build relationships and allow synergy to do its thing.
After I spend time writing in the mornings, if I don’t have to leave to go on a sales appointment, I often do virtual consulting on the phone with small businesses.
If I’m home in the evening, I’ll always eat dinner at the table with my family and spend the next 2-3 hours having quality time with them.
Every night, around 9pm, I workout for an hour on my elliptical in the basement and also get in my sauna for 15-30 minutes as well. For me, physical health is just as important as anything else I do. Then, usually around 10:30pm or so, I’ll start writing again, often until 12:30-2am, depending on what I’ve got going on the next day.
Caz & Craig Makepeace of yTravel Blog
This is the hardest question for us to answer as we don’t have an average day. Our life is currently in transition. We have no home, and are deciding where to go to next. We both work casually so one day we may not be working and another we might, so each day is determined by the rise of the sun and may be vastly different.
Whatever we are doing we do have some things that are pretty standard. We spend time with our daughter, we work on our blog for a couple of hours, and amongst that we fit in travel however we can.
Alex Whalley of AlexWhalley.com
OMG Where do I start?
It starts around 2am because my children are very young and do not sleep very well. From 2am until 6am my wife and I take turns getting up to each of them at least twice and then at 6am I am up and watching ‘Playschool’ with them in the lounge room. I fire my laptop up and ‘attempt’ to reply to comments on my blog and do some blog commenting myself. This does not usually go too well because my almost 3 year old insists on ‘helping me formulate an opinion’ mid comment – usually resulting in a submitted comment with no input or an error from a completely different application (how he manages to do this I do not know!)
I usually do not get a chance to start working again until after they are in bed, so from
7pm it goes like this: Dinner, TV – or time with the wife playing games or watching a movie or something. about 9pm I head into the study and start working.
I usually go to bed around 2am (which is bad) but again, from about 10pm onwards I am interupted every hour or so to change a nappy or heat up a bottle or just settle a child. Productivity is not the beset in my house at the moment and I am definitely looking forward to when things calm down a bit and I can actually have 20 minutes straight. ———————————————————————————————————————————————–
Jason Castellani of 2 Backpackers
Currently, I work about 10 hours a day on our blog. That would include sifting through thousands of photos, editing new videos, selling ads, searching for trip sponsorships, marketing 2 Backpackers and keeping the website running smoothly. But, its something I enjoy doing, it’s something we created, which makes it all that much better than before we became travelers.
Henrik Edberg of Positivity Blog
I get up at around 8. Then I work for about 6-7 hours on writing and other things for my blog and business. I usually squeeze in some exercise, running errands etc. during those 7 hours too. In the evening I may hang out with friends, my girlfriend or just watch a couple of episodes of my favorite TV-shows, a movie or read a book.
Jenny Leonard of Where is Jenny
Right now all my days are different. I really never know what’s going to happen. For the most part, I wake up when my body is ready (not by an alarm clock) and take my time getting ready in the morning. Then I check my e-mail and spend a few hours doing creative work. Depending on my workload depends on how long I’ll work for the day. Afterwards, I’ll go skate, hang out with friends, or head to my next destination. I’m always open to an adventure or opportunity so everything can change on a moments notice.
Elise Moreau of Elise’s Review
Haha, I don’t think I have an average day, really. My schedule is all over the place. I’m a post-grad student, so I juggle school and commuting long hours downtown during the week with this stuff. I try to post a blog post every Monday and Friday, and get a YouTube video up on Friday. It’s A LOT of work. I usually film my YouTube videos on Monday and work on them in small time blocks from Monday to Thursday. That’s probably the only “average” schedule I have going on right now. Keeping track of comments, homework, and my other niche sites is a whole other story!
Eric Gati of My 4 Hour Workweek
Wake up, check e-mail/read blog updates, go to work, get home around 6 or 6:30, eat dinner and spend time with my girlfriend, and then with whatever time is left in the evening, I try to work on either my blog or niche websites. Free time is definitely rare when you work a full time job, but I’m enjoying my job right now, so I like the balance of being able to work on my internet projects when I want to, but not feel like I absolutely have to or need to. My long-term plan is still to start and run my own business and get away from the “9 to 5″ work world, but I’m in no hurry right now. ———————————————————————————————————————————————-
Steve Roy of Ending The Grind
My average day is like this. Take daughter to school, go to a job that I hate, waste 8 hours doing work I have zero interest in, come home to a 2 screaming children, play with them, put them to bed, and go to work on my blog. That’s basically how things go down every day so you can see how getting out of my job would improve my lifestyle immensely. Most of the stress in my life is brought on by my extreme unhappiness with my job. It carries over into my family life because I have a hard time letting go of all the negative emotions I have.
Michele Welch of New Biz Blogger
Well there’s nothing average about my days these days; with constant projects, ever growing do-to list and distractions. But mostly my day consists of:
-Checking my email in the morning for some quick reply’s
-Creating my action plan for the day (I usually keep it at about seven tasks)
-Planning quality time with my kids
-Working with clients
-Writing on articles for my site or guest posting
-Social networking on Twitter, Facebook and groups.
-Working on my training program and other information products
-Working with my JV’s
-Research, learning and reading to feed the mind
Just your normal day…
Earl Baron from Wandering Earl
Well, I don’t think I’ve ever had two days that were even remotely similar With that said, most of my days include some sort of balance between working on my websites and blog as well as trying my best to explore whatever town, city or village I happen to be visiting. Most of my days begin around 10am as I’m not much of a morning person and I do tend to stay up working until 1am or 2am quite often as well. Also, I do try to include some yummy street food and a couple of hours of wandering around on foot every day as well.
Zac Johnson of ZacJohnson.com
Wake up, have breakfast with my fiance Reena. Check some emails, work on various things online. Usually hit the basketball courts for a few hours a day. Somewhere in between all of that I will usually write a new blog post every other day, while taking care of the day to day operations.
Yaro Starak of Entrepreneur’s Journey
My average day is quite fluid. I usually have one or two major “work” projects that might be anything from write an article, work on a report, record a video, respond to my emails, test software, do an interview, liase with one of my contractors or a combination of these things. I will spend anywhere from two to four hours per day on these kinds of tasks.
The rest of the day is spent cooking food and eating it, exercise (I’ve been doing the P90X program), socializing with friends and my girlfriend, reading books, watching television shows or movies, eating out, parties, listening to music, laundry, dishes, all the usual.
The great thing about my day is that I choose when and where I do all these things. I have 100% control and even if I don’t do any work, I still make money because of my previous work. The work I choose to do is the work I want to do, so it’s a wonderfully blessed situation to be in.
Julien Smith of In Over Your Head
I am lucky enough that I can spend most of my days doing whatever I like. These days, that means getting up at 6:30am and going straight to my desk to work until noon.
Christina Crowe of Cash Campfire
Each day will vary, but on average, I get up at anywhere between 6 to 8 in the morning. Then, I shower, get dressed, feed tropical and freshwater fish (I’m a fish hobbyist), and, depending on whether I’m still groggy or not, make a pot of coffee to help me get through the day. This usually takes about 30 minutes. When that’s done, I start my morning exercise routine, often executed while running P90X. This can last anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour depending on how busy I am and what else I need to get done throughout the day.
By 9, I’m ready to start working – taking breaks here and there, stopping for lunch, and then finishing work around 4 to 5 in the afternoon, which is the time I usually sit down for dinner. I spend the rest of my day how I like, sometimes getting an extra 30 minutes of exercise in. How I spend my time will vary, but usually I’ll either read a book, paint, browse the Web, plan the next day, play a video game, watch a movie, have a few drinks, and simply enjoy myself.
When 11pm rolls along, I’m usually exhausted and simply read some fiction until I’m ready to go to sleep.
Theresa Bradley-Banta of Big Fish Top Dogs
I consciously set out to make that an impossible question to answer.
It wasn’t easy but eventually I figured out that scrambling a day was the best way to get out of my own way. Routine is completely uninspiring. Compartmentalization stifles creativity.
It took me a while to get here. The hardest part was getting permission (from myself) to do things during non-traditional times. I’ve learned to be more quirky in how I do things.
For example, I have strange ideas about when to answer the phone. Or when to hold meetings (if at all).
And now, with technology providing amazing freedom of location, it’s even easier to turn ‘normal’ on its head.
There is one thing I do with consistency. I get out of bed at 5:30 in the morning. 7 days a week.