Greetings folks! I'd like to introduce a new series I'm working on called Day Time (working title). As a freelancer, I'm constantly searching for new productivity hacks, tips, tricks and better ways to structure my work days. I'm curious as to how other entrepreneurs make it happen. When do they wake up? When do they stop working? What boundaries do they set for themselves? What books are they reading?
Who better to start with than my good friend Candice. Let us begin!
Candice runs Oh! Fox Creative here in Austin, TX. I met her through a Ruby event (may it rest in peace) and we've been pals since. I can't say enough good things about her character, friendship and professionalism, but I'll just tell you that she's a GEM and you're lucky if you know her. Now for the juicy stuff! Candice is going to walk us through a very typical day in 3...2...
Candice! Will you start out by telling readers where you are from?
The thriving metropolis of Baytown. In the heart of East Texas, it's a spectacular oil and refinery town on the way to the Louisiana border.
What do you do?
I buy one of a kind, for the trade. Essentially, I work closely with interior stylists and hotels to source unique items for their projects.
Walk us through your day. Not your greatest day, but not your worst. What does a good-to-ideal day look like for you?
I roll out of bed around 7, and my husband brings me coffee in these gorgeous stone mugs we brought back from Mexico. Breakfast is usually smashed avocado on toast, topped with a fried egg. The mornings start with prayer and meditation or journaling. Practicing quiet really centers me and then I get less lost in social media, comparison, etc. After a second cup of coffee, I'll meet up with a friend in my business class to brainstorm a problem or touch base with potential clients.
I spend most afternoons in the studio, keeping up with inventory, product photography, and shipping. Spending time looking through paper catalogues and books keeps me inspired and dreaming up new ideas. A brilliant friend of mine, Becky Murphy, told me to write down ten new ideas a day, and while ten ideas usually takes me two days, it's truly the best advice I've been given since launching OH! Fox Creative. So I'm constantly writing ideas down in my notebook.
Pouring a glass of wine and getting dinner started begins around 5 pm. I love taking that time of day slow. Working for myself, I know I'll be on email later or working at night, so I never apologize for that time, but savor it instead. We will check email or finish projects a little after nine, and try to be in bed by ten most nights. Ten almost always means eleven.
First of all, thank you for the shout out. Secondly, there is so much inspiration in the above three paragraphs that I don't know how I'll handle it. Do you have any boundaries throughout your day? I'm at my best when I don't look at Instagram until ten a.m. To be honest, I think it's rude to have a phone out at lunch or be texting in the middle of a meeting, even if it's social. When I'm present with someone, I'm happier, so that's my biggest boundary: choosing to be present and putting down my phone.
Because my clients' projects are time sensitive, I don't really have an "I don't answer email after..." boundary. But when I take vacation, I do my best to wrap up projects completely and create an away message so I can really unwind.
The last note I'll add here is that I rarely say I'm busy. Even Beyonce has 24 hours in a day, so if I practice saying no and practice minimalism in my schedule, I almost always have time to invest in people I love and projects that I'm excited about. That's maybe the best boundary — never saying "I'm sooo busy."
What are the top three most influential books you've read recently (or ever)? 1. E Myth Revisited transformed the way I think about business. 2. I quote Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In almost weekly, so I have to include that. 3. Book club is reading A Moveable Feast by Hemingway right now and I am totally mesmerized. Not sure about long term impact, but I'm eating it up.
Love love love it all. You inspired me to start my morning more intentionally. Thanks, Candice.