I always start with the daily Tasks in Explore, do a few PvP unless I'm already Rank 1 with my breakfast. I usually don't have the time in the morning to do GW battles, so I do them at the end of the day. I'll also work a bit on the Event Stones in Explore after GW.
I only donate 1 Million a week, sometimes 2. So there is no need to grind PvP for gold as I have enough saved to cover a few months if need be. (I suppose if everyone gave 3-5M per week I'd follow suit and grind a bit)
All in all I'm pretty relaxed about the whole thing. Which is why is despise things that interfere with my relaxation (Justice/QMab).
Edit Oh, I'm VIP5. level 1.1k 'ish