I spoke recently to my good friend Shaun at Building Upon the Clouds about a need to manage my time. I am full of beans and ready to go with the freelance life, but I had intended to take a break from work before the new year. Christmas to New Years week itself is I shall be doing Christmassy things. But this week I have nothing to do. So I shall be trying out a scheduled week as a dry run before I start pushing myself for freelance work.
The thing about being at home all the time is that my day totally lacks the structure it has had for my entire life.
Wake up. Commute. Work. Lunch. Work. Commute. Eat. Sleep.
Without structure of any sort my days seem to drift past me. So a rough days schedule for me this week, works out at having a 9 working day with about an hours worth of breaks. There will be variation in what I do in each period as and how work comes in. If all my work is writing, then writing will dominate. But it should be a decent bit of time management in the beginning.
As for my Saturdays and Sundays, they will most likely be spent visiting shows, selling prints at craft markets and days spent photographing anything and everything. My working week will be 6-7 days, but it still feels like it is less work than my last job.
To those that work from home or freelance, how do you manage your time? Or do you just wing it?