I like to try and keep a routine as it helps me to achieve more by being disciplined with balancing my business, daily chores and family life.
At the start of each week I set myself a weekly to do list as a target to work towards filled with things I want to achieve or need to complete during the week. This list is often quite large and sometimes is a bit too ambitious, but it keeps me on track and makes me accountable!
The beginning of each day is always the same and really regimented and always involves a coffee first thing in the morning whilst I check my emails and social media accounts, followed by some light household duties to get them out of the way and I if I am not too busy I like to go for a morning walk.
Next I select 3 - 5 tasks from my weekly to do list that I plan on completing that day, this way my weekly list is broken down into smaller more manageable chunks and is not too daunting.
I like to start the week by dealing with all the non-artistic business related things such as accounts, admin and planning, to get them out of the way early in the week and off my mind. This then leaves me feeling more refreshed, motivated and free to create and work on my illustrations and designs for the rest of the week.
I am a bit of a night owl so I do a lot of my initial sketches and drawing at night when I have the house to myself and then the next day I will work on final artwork and repeat pattern collections.
Some days and weeks do not always go as I had planned and I juggle my design work in between running a business with my husband so I try to make sure I have at least one day a week where I do not do any work and I am away from the computer.