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I really enjoy reading about people's daily routines. I like to know how they schedule their time each day, when they do their most important and challenging work, and when they do their mundane tasks. As a freelancer, I am constantly adjusting my daily routine and trying to figure out the best ways to get more done. I became even more interested in how other people organize their time, and specifically their days, when I was researching and writing a series of articles on Daily Routines.

The interviews below are insightful, inspiring, and provide a view into how some busy professionals use their schedules to get as much done as possible each day.

My Daily Routine from Amy Shojai

Amy Shojai
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Amy Shojai is a writer Amy Shojai, CABC is the author of 23 pet care books. She is About.com's expert on Puppies. A few tips from Amy:
  • Amy begins her work day about 90 minutes after she wakes up
  • Each week, Amy schedules time to enjoy hobbies
  • She creates a weekly To Do list that includes appointments, work assignments, and presentations she needs to complete
  • Amy tackles task work, such as reading emails, in the morning, and saves more creative work for late-morning until she finishes up her day sometimes as late as 8:30p.m.
Read her full interview: How Amy Shojai Stays Organized.

My Daily Routine from Elizabeth Weintraub

Elizabeth Weintraub
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Elizabeth Weintraub is real estate agent, writer, and About.com's expert on Home Buying & Selling. A few tips from Elizabeth:
  • Wakes up at 5 a.m. and makes a beeline to her desk with a quick stop at the coffee maker
  • Regularly cleans off her desk and computer desktop at night to be ready for the next morning
  • Takes breaks throughout the day by weeding her garden
Read her full interview: How Elizabeth Weintraub Stays Organized.

My Daily Routine from Katherine Blackdorf

Katherine Blocksdorf
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Kathy Blocksdorf is a writer and horse owner. She was raised at her family's training and boarding facility, where she met horses with a wide range of needs and problems. She is About.com's expert on Horses. A few tips from Katherine:
  • Katherine begins working immediately at 6 a.m.
  • She plans her breakfasts for the next day at night
  • She schedules time for her hobby--riding horses--into her calendar
  • She uses a modified version of Getting Things Done
  • Tackles more challenging work in the morning and save mundane tasks for later in the day/evening
Read her full interview: How Katherine Blacksdorf Stays Organized.

My Daily Routine from Mariette Mifflin

Mariette Mifflin
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Mariette Mifflin is a freelance writer, and About.com's expert to Housewares. A few highlights from Mariette:
  • Mariette starts her day by pressing the "On" button on the coffee maker
  • The first thing she does at her desk is check the news, scans emails and gets down to serious work
  • Recommends spending 10 minutes the night before getting lunch ready for the next day, food for the slow cooker and having your outfit picked out
  • Keeps music a priority by fitting it in every day
  • Organizes her To Do list by priority
  • Tries to minimize social media and web browsing to get work done
  • Advice: "Make a to do list every day, but make it short, sensible and realistic"
Read her full interview: How Mariette Mifflin Stays Organized.

My Daily Routine from Tonya Lee

Tonya Lee
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Tonya Lee is a freelance writer and designer with more than 15 years experience and specializes in encouraging others to make the most of their homes within a tight budget. She is About.com's expert on Budget Decorating. A few tips from Tonya:
  • Tonya (like me!) starts her day with coffee
  • Finds she is more productive at reading and writing work in the morning
  • Goes over her schedule and To Do list at night in order to prepare for the next day
  • Keeps a notepad in the kitchen to jot things down on the fly
  • Recommends banning procrastination
  • Follows a regular daily and weekly routine
Read her full interview: How Tonya Lee Stays Organized.
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