My New Daily Routine

by | Apr 22, 2024 | Personal Development

Sometimes you need to change your approach.

The world is a changing place. And while evolving with it can often be frustrating and uncomfortable, it is a necessary part of life, according to the principle of entropy.

So, I’m evolving, and this is how I’m structuring my days for the next couple of weeks.

7:00 AM – 7:30 AM: Breakfast

Breakfast, at least for the time being, will probably amount to supplements, spirulina water, and a bowl of rice. I should be able to upgrade to oatmeal (and hopefully some fruit) soon.

7:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Content Creation & Distribution

I’m frontloading the day with the most mentally intensive work – content creation. Three hours per day will allow for the creation of email campaigns, articles, podcast episodes, and videos.

Without naming specific projects, I have many backlogged pieces to pump out. This may be my last run at trying to be a content creator, at least in the capacity I have done to this point, so it’s time to make the last stand and tackle the unfinished business.

Additionally…

The current economic collapse isn’t just here – it can now be tangibly felt. While I don’t claim to know all the right things to do during a downturn, one thing I do know is people will be turning more to content (including, of course, YouTube, Netflix, and video games) while they sit at home waiting for things to improve.

My theory is if I can make a small dent in the content power wave, I will at least make a decent income on viewership, if not on affiliate sales, sponsorships, and my products.

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM: Opportunity Hunting

While there is a near-limitless set of opportunities to explore, there’s only so much time in a day, so I had to narrow my search to a few key areas.

I will be routinizing scanning the following:

  • Local jobs. I’m not very good at jobs, don’t enjoy them, and generally don’t last long at them. But I’ve at least got to be willing, even if just temporarily, to humble and submit myself to another’s employ. Experience shows just some employment income helps around tax time too.
  • Classifieds. Odd jobs allowing me to earn $50+ will all be considered.
  • Pet sitting. Looking back on past income, I have done considerably more pet sitting (and sometimes caregiving) than I even thought. I have at least three pet owners who should give me good references now, so it’s in my best interest to keep seeking opportunities. For the most part, I have a very good rapport with dogs, though there are a few large breeds I don’t seem to get along with.
  • Upwork. Remote contracts are still ideal for me. I have a lot of experience with them, and their scope is usually limited enough that I can keep my focus and enthusiasm long enough to get the work done. I’ll be focusing on writing and virtual assisting unless I see something else that appeals.
  • Pro Blogger Jobs. One of the most popular online destinations connecting businesses with writers. New opportunities are popping up daily, and I occasionally see some with my name written all over them.
  • Podcast sponsors. I’m keeping an eye on Podcorn.

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Live Stream

It has come to my attention that live streaming for 10 minutes per day is not that big of a deal. I have already live-streamed twice in the last two weeks, reading chapters from my latest book, so it is quickly becoming habit. In the future, I can also host webinars or bring guests on to talk, adding some variety to the streams.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM: Lunch

Rice and beans. Maybe potatoes.

12:45 PM – 2:30 PM: Client Work

I don’t have many clients at the moment, but I do have a few. Their projects do not necessarily require a ton of work, but either way, it would be in my best interest to set aside some time to serve them each day.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Networking

I have been attending a daily call for those looking to grow their business through content for the last four to five months. This group is set to open to the public soon, so that means besides being a good opportunity to learn and receive accountability, it may also become a great place to connect with new people and earn business.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Exercise

I usually lift weights twice per week and do aerobic and lower-body exercises in between. Since I’ll be getting up a little earlier than usual, my default will probably be light, aerobic exercise but we’ll see.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Promotion

By this time, most of the heavy lifting for the day will be over, and I’ll be able to focus on admin tasks.

This 60-minute block will be spent:

  • Executing a long list of book promotion tasks I’ve documented
  • Pitching and cold calling individuals and businesses I can help
  • Promoting my products and services on Fiverr
  • Exploring other places where I can share my products and services (forums, classified sites, freelancing sites, etc.)
  • Delivering on other promises I’ve made

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Profile Refresh

I’ve noted several channels that are due for a refresh. This includes:

  • My resume (I will probably end up creating multiple versions)
  • Most of my social media profiles
  • My LinkedIn profile
  • My YouTube channel (specifically, the banner image)
  • My Amazon author profile
  • My ValuedVoice profile
  • My website (for instance, I could add my work experience to the about page)

I should be able to tackle these categories in short order, though updating my website and resume will be an ongoing thing, so I may keep this task in my routine, even after the above channels have been brought up to date.

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Meditation

Time to take a well-deserved rest, even if brief.

I don’t know how much I buy into “High vibes attract what you want,” but I do the things required to get into the right state anyway.

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Supper

One should not attempt to fight a war on an empty stomach.

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Inventory Management

I have dozens of listings on Facebook Marketplace. I will need to keep them updated and renewed. I may still want to add a few things too.

I probably won’t need to spend a ton of time on this, but for the time being it has proven an important income source, so I will keep at it until it doesn’t make sense anymore.

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Errands

I may need to buy groceries or run to the bank. I may want to attend a Meetup or an open mic. I may want to begin the process of creating a local community or find one I can plug into. I may also want to cancel some of my subscriptions to save some money.

This 60-minute time block also plays into the three basic scenarios I see playing out in the next one to two months or less:

  • Scenario 1: I do exactly as planned. I find good-paying work, I find a home in Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley, and life continues as expected.
  • Scenario 2: I find a few things locally (job, contract, community, girlfriend, etc.) that make it worth staying on the Island, and I find a place to live locally.
  • Scenario 3: Things don’t work out and I return to Calgary for a few months. This is probably the most desired outcome so far as friends and family are concerned. I am still weighing the pros and cons but I can accept that this is not the worst possible outcome, given the home base connections I already have in Calgary.

I have no reason to believe that Scenario 4, where I end up living out of a tent for a while, will play out, so I’m not planning for it.

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Phone Calls

Making phone calls to maintain and build relationships is something I should be doing anyway. I’m not great at it, and I don’t always enjoy it, but its value has been instilled in me through network marketing and the recent leadership program I’ve completed.

Others may be aware of opportunities I’m not, and I’ll be honest – even a few small cash injections wouldn’t hurt my financial standing (or mental health) right now.

8:30 PM – 10:30 PM: App Testing

This largely falls under the category of “Esoteric and experimental,” but at least it’s easy to do, even if I’m low on energy.

You may already be aware of the hordes of survey sites, games, gift card & cash-reward apps, review sites, and micro-work sites that exist.

I’ve been testing them out and documenting my journey on Better Ways to Survive.

As anyone who has tried these will attest, some are more efficient than others, but it’s hard to earn more than a few dollars per week this way.

In April, I have only earned about $13. But.. that is $13 I would not have earned otherwise, and I have done worse on Medium at times.

So, it’s still an income source, even if measly. And one of these times, I may come across an app that turns out to be a decent income earner (decent is good enough for me, especially if I’m only dedicating a couple of hours per night to the pursuit).

If I hope to find anything good, though, I think I will want to tear through the apps a little faster than I have been.

Delivery and other fetch-quest work also isn’t off the table, though locally these shoes mostly appear to be filled.

10:30 PM – 11:00 PM: Prepare for Bed

I’m going against my circadian rhythm a bit by getting up at 7:00 AM. I’ll want to get into the habit of readying myself for bed at 10:30 instead of idly watching YouTube videos or playing games on my phone until I collapse from exhaustion.

Reading might be a better habit to insert here, but no pressure.

Closing Thoughts

I am interviewing for a five-month contract this week, so if all goes according to plan, I won’t be sustaining the above schedule for longer than one to two weeks.

That said, I believe I have set myself up with enough possible avenues (without being too scattered), to find my way even if that contract doesn’t pan out.

Are you making any changes to your schedule? Are you doing anything to adapt to current economic conditions? What has been working for you?

Let me know in the comments.