Although I've been freelancing for over a decade now, this will be the first full year that I am solely an independent artist without other part-time obligations, however small. I know a lot of people wonder what an artist does all day, so I thought I would share my typical day. Although no day is exactly typical for a freelancer!
I get up between 7-8am, make a cup of tea, and sit with my cat for a while as I check my email and social media, or sometimes just read. I'm more productive in the morning, and used to get right to work as soon as I woke up, but now the cat demands some cuddle time first. I can often cross a few little things off my to-do list if they can be done from my phone.
Then I start my daily workout, which consists of some yoga stretches and light dumbbell exercises. These are carry-overs from the many times I've been to physical therapy for repetitive stress injuries or other artwork-related pains. If I don't exercise before I start work, I will procrastinate and never get around to it. I used to resent the time this takes from my day, but now I view it as just another task that I need to do to keep my business running, like bookkeeping or updating my website. If I neglect my body, it won't be capable of doing the tasks that I demand of it. Some days I will then add a longer workout, usually weight lifting or cycling, but I start every day with the therapeutic exercises.