For those of you that have been freelancing for a good deal of time, you know how difficult getting the right balance between work and life can be. In fact, until you get that balance you may feel like work is your life. In fact, some freelancers feel that feeling forever, but you don’t have to.
If you’re new to the freelancing lifestyle, have no fear, no can make money on your own terms doing what you love, you just need to have a plan. You are the boss of yourself, so you need to be a good leader and continually be learning. You will learn from yourself and from your clients, and you will sometimes learn things that hard way. But, if you follow these tips you may at least make it through without wanting to get a “real” job again.
Set A Schedule
Even if your work schedule changes day to day because of the type of work you do or how much you’ll have available to do at any given time, you still need to have some sort of plan in place. Have certain hours that are for work and devote the rest of the day to your life.
Your schedule needs to allow you time to get everything done you need to do. You may even want to take your scheduling experience with you to your general life and schedule what days you do laundry and run errands, which can help you get more done in work and in life.
Write Down Your Goals
Making a schedule is a good start to your day-to-day freelance work life, but you need to have a plan of what you’re going to do in that time frame. That’s where your daily goals come in. You can also have weekly and monthly work goals. If your work focuses on deadlines then you want to make sure you’re paying attention to those as well.
Create achievable goals. If you’re putting too much on your to-do list you are going to get discouraged really quick. You will also pretty likely experience job burnout if you’re trying to cram too much into your day.
Take Some Time Off From Work
Even if you don’t mind when work sucks up most of your day you still want to make sure that you let yourself have some time to relax and take a break. Many freelancers work seven days a week, so you need to take some time for yourself if you don’t want to resent your career choices.
Even if you can only give yourself a half a day once a week for something completely unrelated to work, do it. Go for a walk, take a hike, take a yoga class, or join a sports team. Step away from work and you’ll feel more refreshed when you get back to it!