Welcome to Day in the Life, where we peek into the lives and schedules of solopreneurs and freelancers. Today we’re chatting with Nicole Longstreath of The Wardrobe Code. Nicole is on a mission to save women from the dysfunctional shopping experience. She is a virtual wardrobe stylist working with women across the globe to build personal brands that command attention and influence. You can find her at her home base, theWardrobeCode.com.
6:30am: My alarm goes off on my phone, but I turn it off and stay in bed. It’s not that I’m ignoring my alarm - I just like to lie in bed for a good half hour before I actually get out of bed.
7:00am: Time to get up! But the cat is usually draped over my legs, so I have to nudge him to get up. After a bit of human/cat banter, he concedes and moves to the edge of the bed. I learned last year that my best tool for staying on track with my business (and personal life, too) is daily meditation. I created a meditation spot in my office with a small coffee table and a large, square cushion. On the coffee table, I keep candles and meditation prompts written on index cards. For 10 minutes, I reflect on my chosen card. I try to select a theme for the day I think will help keep me productive and positive. Ohmmmm …
7:10am: After meditation, I get in a bit of exercise. I’ve never been a fan of working out, so I keep it to about 30 minutes - max. I just don’t have the attention span for a 90 minute workout, so I do either a quick HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout or a 30-minute yoga routine on an iPad app I use called Yoga Studio.
7:30am: This is where I should get in the shower, but I usually spend about 30 minutes in my yoga pants checking emails and reading the news.
8:00am: Shower and morning routine (make-up, hair, etc.). I try to put on a full face of make-up and get dressed in a respectable outfit at least 4 days of the work week. This morning routine is a part of self care that I’m afraid a lot of women who work from home skip because it’s time consuming. When there’s no commute, it’s so tempting to get right to work on the computer and start your day. But I think that self care is important for your confidence and the success of your business.
9:00am: Oh, wait - breakfast! Somehow, I always forget to plan for breakfast. If I’m not feeling rushed, I’ll make an omelet with cheese and avocado. But today I’m anxious to get my day started, so it’s a green smoothie.
9:15am: At my desk and working, finally! I program some tweets for the day - a mix of promotions for The Wardrobe Code, shares for my other solopreneur friends and interesting stuff I think my audience will like. Next, I’m hunting on LinkedIn and Jigsaw.com for prospects. In addition to my virtual coaching for speakers and coaches, I produce a workshop for corporations to help them get their employees looking fresh and profesh.
11:00am: Social media break! I’m a social butterfly, so I love interacting in my online groups and forums. First I start in a Facebook group for solopreneurs, Thrive Hive. I’ll ask a question or share a helpful tool I found. Next up, Twitter. I’m sneaky and have several secret Twitter lists. I try to curate lists of people I want to work with or want to engage with because they’re influential - so I cruise these feeds for engagement opportunities. Finally, on to Google+. Lately, I’m having a lot more luck connecting with people on Google+ versus Facebook - so I check in to a few groups I belong to and usually share what I shared on my Facebook page for The Wardrobe Code (which has been getting fewer and fewer views due to their ever-changing algorithm).
12:30pm: Time for lunch, which is usually leftovers. I’m going to have to eat quickly today because I still have to pack for a conference I’m speaking at ... then see a client later today via Skype.
2:00pm: I have to admit, ever since I started using this easy system, packing for a trip takes me about 45 minutes. Crazy, right? Here’s how you do it: Choose your favorite cardigans, blouses, pants, accessories and a jacket. Lay everything out on the bed (or on a sheet on the floor) and just start making combos. Start with something you really like, and just plan around it. Then take photos of each outfit and save on your phone for reference during your trip.
4:30pm: Now it’s time to see a client. We’re going to review her homework, which was organizing her closet and creating outfits.
6:00pm: Almost done for the day! One of my friends hosts a weekly web show, so I’m going to jump on her live feed to show my support.
6:30pm: And now the work day is done. My husband is finally home, so we’ll make dinner together and watch our shows. I may sneak back to the office one last time before bed to check emails.
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