Freelance, Month 9

Freelance Month 9

 

If you’ve been reading along, you know that this past month was pretty hectic. I had a couple setbacks, which taught me a few things about time and project management. However, the most important issue this month was work/life balance.

I am very good at maintaining a work/life balance when I don’t have a lot going on. When a project comes by, and it’s bigger than I anticipated, the whole work/life thing goes out the window. It’s not healthy.

I am all about some extra work when it’s necessary.  To me, there is nothing more satisfying than knowing I am giving something my all. Staying up late to meet a deadline is not a problem for me – although my ultimate goal is to be so good at planning that all-nighters never happen, sometimes you just have to get it done.

What I don’t like is how I allow my entire life to become consumed by work when I’m busy. I can talk endlessly about the minutiae of my projects, I check my email first thing in the morning, and last thing before bed, I procrastinate on simple projects and spend more time worrying about them then it would take me to just do it. It’s a fine line to walk, between passionate and obsessed, and as someone who fell on the wrong side of the line for the better part of a month, I am finished.

I am making a promise to myself:

+ to be honest with myself about how long something will actually take me

+ to stop worrying about how much I think my prospective clients are willing to pay, and start worrying about what will be fair compensation for my work

+ to focus on work when I’m working, and play when I’m playing

+ to go outside and enjoy the sunshine every day

+ most importantly to stop thinking that being stressed out is going to do me any good.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming months, and to finding the joy in what I do every day.