The nice thing about what I do…every day is different.  So I am going to give you a consolidation.

I am going to tell you the unadulterated truth and you are going to be shocked!

5:00 a.m.  I wake up without an alarm clock and reach down to the floor and pick up my laptop.I get through all my night time emails and Facebook happenings before 6:00 a.m. – unless it is something that requires “hook up” to Infusionsoft to follow through.  My team get a lot of their emails forwarded to them at this time.  My IT team is in France…so it is midday for them…I can have a lot of back and forth communication in my pajamas.

6:00 a.m. If it is my strength training day – this is my 1/2 hour for workout….if not…I sneak into my office and get some work done.

6:30 a.m. Wake Kora up to get her in the tub and then fed and ready for school.  We eat breakfast together.

7:40 a.m.  Kora is off for school and I walk on my treadmill and watch any videos that come in at night…or I didn’t get to the day before.  If I don’t have anything to watch…I watch something fun or listen to music and just think.  That is nice.  Sometimes I hop off my treadmill and do something that pops into my head.  The treadmill is in my office.

9:00 a.m.  I am clean and ready for the day…I get my 3 goals for the day “looked at” and any emergencies taken care of…  I work on my first goal… until

10:00 a.m. Phone meeting with the new affiliate director.

10:30 a.m.  Check email and facebook

11:00 a.m.  Phone meeting with Infusionsoft Tech

12:15 p.m.  Phone meeting with IT people and project manager on delivery platform  (You will be jealous here – my husband brings me beet juice and green juice) – sometimes home made soup.

1:00 pm.  Skype and watch grandkids in UK take bath.

1:45 p.m.  Check email and facebook

2:15 p.m.  Goal #1,2 and/ or 3

3:15 p.m.  Hug time from Kora (home from school)  We clear a spot on my desk and she does her homework with me.

5:30 p.m.  Stop for dinner

6:00 p.m.  Some more work

7:00 p.m.  Pick up my laptop and work from my living room chair.I check Facebook and email again…I answer some and save some to morning if I can’t easily answer.

9:00 p.m.  Fall asleep with my laptop…

10:00 p.m.  My husband wakes me up and I go to bed.

Some days are different.  Not too much.

Over the years, I worked from home off and on.  I love working from home.  There are some boundaries I set.

  • I don’t answer the phone before 10 a.m., after 5 p.m. or on the weekends.  It helps to make it all work with my family.
  • I have a good chair.  I have the best chair I could afford.  I sit in it too long…so I want it to be ergonomic.
  • I have tons of windows.  I worked downstairs for awhile…it turns your skin gray.
  • I don’t mix family chores with office time.  I don’t stop to clean the house or do the laundry.  work time is work time
  • I stop for hugs anytime someone wants to give me one.

On Mondays – I don’t take appointments.

On Tuesdays – I always skype with my son and his kids.

On Wednesday – I take phone calls

On Thursday – I go to church in the morning because Kora’s class goes to church and she still wants me there.  I shoot for getting next week’s blog done on Thursday…that is hard for me because blogs are like presents – I can’t wait to give them.

On Friday – I try not to take calls so I can finish everything that was on my list that didn’t get finished.

Saturdays – 8 a.m. conference call with Buiding Abundance.

I like not having a schedule.  I like getting a wild idea to create – and be able to do it.  Right now my business is at that stage where I have to constantly make the decision to run it instead of letting it run me.  I am working on saying “no”.  More gets done when I say no.   I am working on moving my body a little more than I do.

Right now, my business is in the position where we have a lot of followers, clients and respect in the community.  That brings a lot of opportunity seekers to my doorstep.  It also brings a lot of opportunity.  Discernment is important right now.

I REALLY enjoy what I do.  My day may sound boring to you.  It is hard to see it unless you see the ins and outs and the actual production.

Last week, I crossed my entire Thursday off because of all the deadlines…plus we were in the middle of switching merchant accounts. My merchant account has been a pain in the neck for a year.  This day was intense, but it was something I knew I needed to do and it is done.

Friday was an entire day of phone calls.

I talked to Amy Lippmann for about an hour.  We were putting the last couple touches on a project she is working on for us.  She has created a marketing system for our 12 Day Cleanse.  Amy does beautiful work.  She releases that next week.

Long phone calls – some were 1-2 hours long.  It was a hard day for me.

One of the phone calls was to go over the new multi coach delivery system.  OH WOW!  This thing is SO nice.  You are all going to be THRILLED when this is released in the next couple weeks.

Another call was to firm up the last few things as our new affiliate sales manager begins.  I am excited.  We will now have a way that our affiliates can actually make a full living of residual income from our programs.  Our new director’s job is to coach them through.

I felt like the entire day was spent on the phone.  I don’t really like that very much…but it was huge for getting close to releasing  fantastic products.

The final thing I did was to check our merchant accounts to be sure everything got through okay.  ARGHHH …some transactions went through the new one, some went through the old one and my Infusionsoft guy who worked with Infusionsoft to be sure everything got done correctly…was no where to be found.  My old merchant account was to be shut off that day…and I didn’t have a clue how to fix it. That is one of those things you just have to let go of.  Somethings you can fix…and somethings you can’t.  I sent him an email with EMERGENCY in the subject line…and I laid my sore head down on a pillow and fell asleep.1800168_10152237806182042_325056108_o

Saturday I woke up at 5:00 a.m. looked at my emails and found that 3 people were working overnight to fix my merchant account/Infusionsoft problem and got ready for my 9:30 appointment (I am down to only 1-2 appointments for my old business per month).  We conducted a really good 8 a.m. conference call for Building Abundance and I beat it out the door after to get to my appointment and make it back for our 25 hour 10 year old’s birthday party.

Now, because I didn’t get time on Thursday, I am finishing this and laughing as the kids are playing “Hed Banz-Act Up”….I guessed wrong…I thought the suit was a penguin.  Life is good!

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35 Comments

  1. Sharon

    Thanks for sharing! I found it interesting and didn’t surprise me how much work it takes to run “The Health Coach Group”. Keep up the good work.

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  2. Russell Elleven

    “My day may sound boring to you.” It did not sound boring to me. It sounded incredible!

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  3. missy

    It sounds like you don’t have a schedule but you have time blocks you are able to move around. That sounds perfect to me. You inspired me to set some boundaries and make more time for me and my family.

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  4. Cathy

    Thanks Shari, that is the one thing I worry most about. Taking enough time for things that are important.

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  5. Cathy

    That is a good way to say it Missy! Blocks. That is great…you can never get back the time you don’t spend with your family.

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  6. Krystal Bernier

    Wow, are you ever organized and busy. My day is hectic but more of an unorganized smattering of tasks 🙂

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  7. Elyssa

    Your day is ah-may-zing! Emphasis on the ZING! I don’t know how you do it without a nap. When do you grocery shop?

    I love the part about discernment. I get so caught up in “in the moment” activities that I have to remind myself to focus on the bigger goals or they will never get done.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Cathy

    Elyssa, my grocery shopping secret is my husband! He goes to the grocery store daily…thank goodness.

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  9. Suzanne

    I love your discipline! Setting a schedule and sticking to it really does make a person more productive. Thank for the inspiration!

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  10. Jodie Cope

    Well put Cathy! I love seeing how other people manage time being self employed. I admire your honesty. Thank you again for creating this program.

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  11. Susan

    Incredible…do you also still own your design studio?

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  12. Beth K Bedbury

    I like seeing other peoples days. Its so fascinating to get a glimpse into how others structure their time and how they find balance in life. Its great you set our priorities and that family is high up on that list.

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  13. Sheila

    As a fellow entrepreneur, I smiled as I read through your day, such is life isn’t it? Yet all so very, very worth it!

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  14. Cynthia Djengue

    Yes, the life of an entrepreneur/mother. I am glad your husband brings you goodies to nourish you. I also like your sense of boundaries. I am sure your family appreciates that.

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  15. Ana Verzone

    love this – thank you! I appreciate how you “admit” it is a lot of work to be an entrepreneur, and at the same time, how working hard can also have balance and loving family time. Thank you for the glimpse! Also, I don’t answer my phone AT ALL during the day. I listen to messages then call back if necessary. Saves me tons of time!

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  16. Christine

    Wow, youare amazing! I just realize I’m probably too lazy to ever run my own business like you do, ha ha. Cannot do the early mornings and then too easily distracted. But there is always room for improvement, and I like the way you schedule your week. When I get all my ground work done I hope to do something similar. Thank you!

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  17. Kathleen Bloom

    Cathy – you totally Rock! Thanks for sharing your day and insights. Love it!

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  18. Stephanie Garcia

    What really stood out to me was the fact that you found time to work out. I struggle with that sometimes. It’s important for me to work out too because when the blood is flowing I get really creative. Exercise really does help with productivity. Keep up the great work!

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  19. Fatma

    Wow Cathy, that is a fascinating insight into a day of your Life and Business. I love it that anytime is Hug time! 🙂 I am a Mom and can relate to the joy of family. How wonderful to have the support of your awesome husband. Behind a successful woman is a man!Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  20. Karen Yankovich

    I love the peek into your days! You’re one of the people I know I can count on when I have a 5AM question. Great tips for those of us who aren’t as good as you at segmenting our personal and work lives. Thanks!

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  21. Brenda Tolentino

    This day sounds wonderful to me! I enjoyed the read, thank you!

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  22. Sue Ann Gleason

    It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we love what we do! Thanks for sharing a slice of your life, Cathy.

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  23. Angela

    What a wonderful way to live and work. Inspiring. Thank you for sharing and giving me something to look forward to in my own business.

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  24. Zoe

    How fabulous to get a peek into your day. Thank you for sharing.

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  25. Cori

    Great post Cathy….I love that you prioritize and work on goal #1, 2, 3 for the day. I think this is the absolute key to accomplishing a lot in a day!

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  26. Elizabeth MacLeod

    My day flows like that, but not quite so organized! Thank you for letting us have a peak into your day, the flow and the joy. I’m away at the moment and notice a little more structure in my world that is calming. Your post, also made me look into this a little more. I think I’m going to take a peak into my day and see what comes out of it after reading this. Thank you.

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  27. Michelle

    Yes. You shocked me. At the 3rd line in. 5 a.m. with no alarm? This night owl/non-morning person nearly fell off of her comfie couch. hahahahaha!!!!

    I love “take a look into my world” types of posts. It’s kind of like the blog world’s version of reality tv. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your secrets with us, Cathy!

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  28. Cindie Borg

    Wow, Cathy, it sounds like you get a lot accomplished in your day. Love the part about making sure to move more and get your workout in. You go girl!

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  29. deb

    Sounds like my day!! well almost. Years ago I became self employed but it was in the days when you still had to go out. Yes my office was at home and it was also in other people’s offices as I worked as a facilitator, face to face with companies. I used to have my 3.00pm meeting and pick up my kids etc I always blocked out school holidays. etc etc

    I took a few years off taking care of parents and other important things.

    Last year I started an online business and now I truly do work at home as the computer means I can have Skype coach calls etc – I love it even more than my first phase of work from home.

    so yes I understand totally how your day works.

    Love it

    xxx

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  30. Bon

    I like that you say you don’t have a schedule… yet, you do. It’s just always different. How blissful! 🙂 Really inspiring to see it broken down. I’m going to add the stopping for hugs to my schedule. I tend to keep my head down when I’m working hard and that needs to change when a hug is being offered. Thank you for the reminder!

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  31. Heather

    I am seeing more and more the importance of a schedule, at least blocking time for emailing, phone calls, etc. and not wavering. I know I am not alone in the fact that distractions are all around us – in terms of computer, internet, social media, etc. and it is all to easy to waste time that way.

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  32. april

    love getting a day-in-the-life glimpse into your world, cathy! witty, insightful, inspiring. thank you.

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  33. shelley ugyan

    Thanks for sharing Cathy ! I love to hear how others navigate this world of ” doing” we all are so much a part of in the West. When we are passionate about our ” work” it certainly does not come across as work- but more like a purpose on this planet- adn I hear ya…it makes it all worth while 🙂

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  34. Jennifer

    I appreciate your personable communication with your group/followers. I feel as though your speaking to me and not at me! What a day! Best part of this all is your honesty, wit and passion to helping others find their own self truth; You are the prime example of reaching the highest height without feeling boggled down daily. You have maintained such passion and vigor while simultaneously attracting thousands if not millions of people –a true testimonial of truth. I am inspired by your commitment and feel valued as a part of the Inner Circle.

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