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Finding Balance As A Freelance Writer

I woke up this morning, after a good night’s sleep, feeling tired. At least that was my initial reaction to how I felt. The first cup of coffee cleared my head a bit, and I realized I wasn’t feeling tired, I was feeling stale, weary, and uninspired.

When I look at all I’ve done the last week or so, I’m not surprised. I’ve taken care of a bunch of personal business. I’ve reworked two proposals. I’ve kept up with this blog, met with my Master Mind group, done some service work and even spent some time at the clay studio.

I tend to think time will expand along with the work. It doesn’t, in spite of my acting as if it does.

It might be time management

Some might say that my problem is time management, and it certainly has an element of that. It took me more time than I expected to do the proposals. I spent most the of one day meeting with a potential new client. I had to go to my accountant twice this week instead of once.

You know, it’s called doing life!

It’s really about balance and self-care

But more than time management, it’s really about balance, which I’ve come to call self-care. When we work a regular job, things are pretty predictable. We know the hours we work, the time it takes to get there and back, and we know our days off and our vacation time.

When we freelance, there are no official constraints on our time. We can work a twenty hour week or put in an eighty hour week.

It’s so easy, for instance, to work through lunch, eating at the computer, or to start an hour earlier than usual or work an hour or two later.

While there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with any of those decisions, we often make them unconsciously, and over and over again.

The result is exactly what I woke up with this morning – lack of inspiration and a feeling of being stale.

Feeling rushed? Pause!

I’ve been rereading Catherine Ponder’s classic, The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity. This morning, under a subhead called “Avoid Hurry” I found this:

Whenever you find yourself hurrying along trying to force a result, call a halt… A saleslady I know says that when she gets the feeling that she has “so much to do,” she does nothing. Instead, she goes off for a little while to relax, have a cup of coffee and regain her equilibrium, after which she can usually accomplish twice as much in half the time.

Don’t you just love that? Don’t you sense, as I do, that this will actually work? This is self-care at its finest.

Now, I’m going to pause for, guess what, another cup of coffee. Come to think of it, I think I’ll make that green tea instead!

How do you find balance?


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  • I like the excerpt from Ponder’s book. That’s such a wise practice. Every time I feel overwhelmed, I just stop. Take some time to gather my wits. Then, when I go back to work, somehow everything seems more do-able.

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    Self-care indeed begins at home, usually between my ears as a start 😉

  • Anne, this is exactly how I have been feeling today – weary, stale (and grumpy). I’m feeling all mommy’d out, taken for granted, and tired.And decided unhappy with my writing work at the moment.

    But self care begins at home, yes? Tomorrow is another day, as Miss O’Hara said.

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