Working 9-5: Why I’m Live-Tweeting my Wednesdays

For the first time last week, I shared my virtual workspace via Twitter. An open invitation for my friends and followers to experience A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer was released on social media, along with a 9am-5pm schedule.

Working 9-5: Why I'm Live-Tweeting My Wednesdays

My plan: to Live Tweet my regular old workday on Wednesdays. But why?

I’ve been a stay-at-home freelance designer for 8~ish years. There’s a lot to like about being able to work from home. Flexible hours, comfortable environment, no commute.

With the recent influx of productivity advice and work from home hacks since this spring, I’ve been inspired to share about my own work from home lifestyle. But I’ve quickly learned that handing down lifestyle advice isn’t really my jam.

I went back to the drawing board and decided the simplest way to share how I work from home was to keep doing what I do, and invite people along for the ride.

Inspired by “Day in the Life” videos on YouTube and the word crawls from NaNoWriMo, I created a work from home schedule that would be reflective of what I really, truly do every day. Just add structure and some cute graphics. Voila!

A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer. Work 9-5 PST with @ElzaKinde on Twitter. Wednesday, August 12.
My 9-5 schedule puts an emphasis on mixing blocks of focused work with regular breaks.

In hosting this “productivity crawl” once a week on Wednesdays, I hope to prove that working from home doesn’t have to be a constant struggle to stay focused. You can stretch, rest, cook, and it’s not the end of the world if you’re interrupted for 20 minutes. You may be surprised by how much can be done.

By sharing fun facts and a peek behind-the-scenes throughout the day, I hope to inspire a little more “social” from my social media. Sometimes we make friends by playing together, but perhaps stronger bonds can be formed by working together.

If you’re tired of working all alone, struggle to find structure in your week, or need some extra accountability to keep up with the daily grind, maybe my virtual workspace offers the kind of WFH solidarity you need.

You don’t have to be a graphic designer. You don’t even have to stay all day. But you’re welcome to give it a try. I hope to see you there!

Do you work from home? Share your productivity tips and tricks in the comments!

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