Working for Myself: One Month Later
About a month after I started working for myself, I learned a few things. Mainly, that I’m working 12-hour days. My first obstacle was learning that working all the time doesn’t mean that I’m making more money (even though that’s what I told myself). There are so many writing projects I want to work on and so many craft projects, that I found myself working all the time. And that led to me being sick for an entire week with a sore throat and a high fever.
A chapter of My So-Called Freelance Life by Michelle Goodman encapsulated my recent dilemma, “Fun with Time Management.” The chapter description, “Stop wasting time, start asking for help, and get a life outside work,” was like she was writing to me.
So I put together a workable schedule for myself with a built-in lunch break and actual office hours. I’m trying to wean myself off working all the time. For a workaholic like me, this is my own 12-step program. But slowly, I’m teaching myself that I’ll get everything done — just not in one day.
The big lesson learned: Turn off the computer and stop working. Enjoy life.