So today is my official first day as a full-time freelancer and consultant. It’s been a while (I can’t even remember the last time!) since I was genuinely excited for a Monday, and felt like “Happy Monday!”
Some observations on things that happened as soon as I swapped over from corporate to freelance:
- Being on Twitter is actually part of my job! Twitter time = work time and no longer just play time, as it serves as very important avenue for networking and client sourcing.
- Random projects I think up and do is also “work” as they could be molded into revenue-creating projects in the future. I’ve already launched a new project by 9am!
- Being on social media and updating in general becomes part of your job… Especially LinkedIn and Twitter (similar to above). Even blogging is a “job” that could net revenue!
- I don’t answer to anyone… And can structure my days and weeks as I want, and change them on the fly… Still a really novel concept.
- I set my hours, so I decided on 8am ~ 4pm or 5pm on “Weekdays,” and my “Weekends” are Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
- People think I’m having a midlife crisis and need to be counseled and made to feel better because I’ve quit my work and lost my way. It’s hard to convince them that I’m completely fine and I quit my work BECAUSE I found my way.
I really feel like with social media and spinning off new projects while working on paid contract work… I’m really utilizing my skillsets and I can start saying YES to a lot of things that weren’t possible before because of time/logistics/energy constraints.
I’m going to try to organize my life more, and make sure every morning I give myself time to create To-Do Lists and organize my work so that I can devote good chunks of my time and energy into getting work done.
So far, this is what I’m considering:
- 7:00~8:30: Husband wakes up and goes to work, so if I’m with him, I’ll get up around then and get coffee/start my day/etc.
- 8:00~9:00: Make To Do list and organize my workspace and drink coffee/eat breakfast.
- 9:00~10:00: Clean up my e-mails/DMs/messages/social media postings.
- 10:00~12:00: Do “other work” that’s not my main client work.
- 12:00~1:00: LUNCH BREAK
- 1:00~3:00: Main work.
- 3:00~3:30: Social Media Break.
- 3:30~5:00: Main Work.
Once I get a hang of this, I want to incorporate getting exercise, doing chores, etc. But I know I do better with structure, so I’m going to start with this and see how it goes!
It’s not even 11am, but I’ve already gotten so much done! (Unfortunately none of my “main” work, so gotta work on that in the afternoon…)
But breaking out my unstructured time into structured blocks allows me to completely focus on things instead of constantly being worried about my other to-do’s, so I’m going to maybe focus on getting my main work done in the afternoons when I’m more awake and feel better because I got other chores that nag at me else wise done in the morning!