10 Tips to Balancing a Freelance Career with Your Life
It is often difficult to balance a freelance career with everything else that is going on in your life, but it is not impossible. There are steps you can take to ensure that every part of your life is tended to as it should be, from spending time with family to cleaning your home.
Schedule regular date nights (or mornings, or afternoons) with your children, singly and as a group. For instance, spend group time together one evening a week, and take turns with them individually at a rate of one child per week.
Do not forget to schedule a date night once every week or two with your partner as well. This is an important relationship that needs to be cherished and molded. You are a team.
Try to hang out with extended family and friends once every month or so, as well.
Take care of yourself. Once or twice a week, take a couple of hours to yourself where you pamper yourself, concentrate on a hobby or read for a while.
Do 5 or 10 minute room cleanups, giving yourself this amount of time in each room in the morning before you start work and in the evening before you relax. Pick things up, do the dishes, sweep and vacuum and perform other cleaning tasks.
Multitask by doing the room cleanups while on the phone.
Start clothing to wash in the morning. Switch them to the dryer during your morning break and then fold and put everything away at lunch.
Learn time management skills to help you to be more productive during the work day. Answer only business email. Do not waste time on social networking, other than to market your services minimally, promote articles and whatnot. Save the games and socializing for after your main work is completed for the day.
Do the tasks that directly earn you money first, then move onto the other business tasks that must get done that day. Once these are complete, work on other tasks as time allows.
Try running errands one day a week.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but will jump start your productivity while giving you time for yourself and the people that you care about.
Shannon L. Buck, Freelance Writer