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The Hungry and the Beautiful

a blog by Neharika Gupta

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A Day In The Life Of A Writer

I am incredibly grateful to be currently working from a home office. If you're a creative person who manages their own hours, a freelancer, a student on holiday from university, a person who works from home time-to-time, or you're wondering how to get your side hustle going on weekends, this may be the post that helps lay things out for you!

Wake up!

I wake up to my favourite music of the week. These days it's my mixtape on YouTube Music.


Next I meditate, journal and set an intention for the day. The longer this process, the earlier I wake up, but I'm finding this exceedingly easier, thanks to Robin Sharma's The 5AM Club.


I get my blood pumping, with training or Yoga With Adriene. This really helps get the day off to a good start.

The Creative Hours

I try to write fiction, blogs, catch up on reading in the first ninety minutes of everyday. Sometimes this has to be before work hours. But it has to be first thing in the morning.

The Work Hours

This can be social media, a freelance project that I'm working on and lasts anywhere from late morning to evening. I take plenty of frequent breaks as the idea is to conserve energy and delay decision fatigue as much as possible. This post on combating creative blocks has tips that can also be used for mid-day recovery. Staying connected to what inspires me is also always on the agenda :) so work feels like play.

The Rest

Depending on my work day, I alternate between play and rest. Rest means getting in touch with my life mission and where my work is going. It could be things I want to accomplish in the year or getting facetime with a real book. One podcast I listen to is Jay Shetty's On Purpose during this hour.

The Play

More yoga, or actual playing of tennis or dancercise.

Wind down

Winding down means a redo of morning reflection. One big tip that really helps me is to pin down the top 3 things I'm going to work on the next day. So even if it's a little tough, when I know it's gotta be done, the frog is eaten in the morning. The remainder of the day is always pretty smooth.

Thanks for reading!

Stay tuned for a lowdown on having a creative weekend or a #staycation at home.


My fiction book Adulting published by HarperCollins India is out on Amazon.


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