Working for Myself: Day One
Today marked the first day of working for myself as a freelance writer and editor. Some sage advice from freelance writer Rita Flórez and my husband Brendan Hay (who wrote from home for a few months) got me started in the right direction. Rita told me to keep work hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to give myself a work routine. She suggested waking up at my previous job schedule and following the same routines. Brendan told me to give myself some time to adjust and realize that when you work for yourself, you could always be working at every hour, but to find the right working times for myself. He also warned me that I might beat myself up for not getting everything done in one day but to relax and realize that it will get done.
My first day was great. I interviewed photographer Dawn Shields for Rangefinder’s May 2010 issue about her amazing album titled “Legacy” that won a WPPI 2010 Grand Award in Album. Her story is truly amazing. Culling down her story to under 2,000 words is my challenge.
Following my friends’ advice, I got up around 7:15 a.m. (which pales in comparison to my 5:40 a.m. wake up time to get on the 405 from the Valley to Culver City) and went to the gym and started my work day at 9 a.m. I answered emails, interviewed Dawn, wrote out an extensive to-do list, and gave myself one hour for lunch. The positives so far: no more hour-long commutes, working on what I want to do, and seeing a hawk fly by home office window (thank you, beautiful nature of Marin County). The only downside I foresee—tearing myself away from my Mac laptop to stop working! I think the workaholic in me needs to walk away from my computer now.