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Ahh.. the freelance life. I am already freaking out about it. I’ve had one offer come my way, and trying to manage it with the rest of my life is overwhelming. I woke up at 5 this morning, but that was counteracted by an oncoming cold. I’m not miserable yet, but I feel it coming on.
I’m trying to stay positive. I’ve been thinking about how I want to manage my time and my life with added work outside of my job. I’ve said it before, but it can be hard taking care of a man and dog, while also trying to fit side hustling in. So, I need to get my priorities straight. I’ve made a list of how I’m going to do it. This could help you too!
1. Get healthy.
I have been so tired lately, and I know it’s because my eating habits suck. I drink way too much pop (though I have cut back), I eat junk food all day long, and I hardly ever drink water. My vegetable intake is low, not because I hate vegetables, but because I fill my stomach with bad food. That’s a recipe for disaster and sickness! It’s no wonder I’m fatigued. I’ve started taking a B-Complex, and by started, I mean I swallowed one today. I hope that this will grant me a tiny bit of added energy.
I’m also going to start making green smoothies again. I bought the goods last night, and while I didn’t take time to conjure one up today, I am definitely doing it tonight.
I am terrible at this. I worry so much about the apartment being clean that before I know it, I’ve spent the entire evening doing dishes, laundry, making dinner, and mopping floors. I enjoy that, so it’s hard to shut down and focus on side work. In the mornings, I do the same thing, or I get lost in Facebook. EHHHH. Wretched FB! From now on, I will have a to-do list every morning and evening, so I know exactly what I want to accomplish.
3. Get Organized
Somewhat like priorities, staying organized is the key to a successful side hustle. I am an organized person, but because I’m new to the freelance life, I’m struggling with what needs to be dealt with first. It’s a real struggle. From here on out, I’m taking it one task at a time. Once that’s completed, I can cross it off my list and never look back.
4. Keep Reading
I have at least 30 articles bookmarked about freelancing from all my favorite successful bloggers. I’ve skimmed them, but I need to reread and soak up their knowledge. I know that learning from others will be key to my success.
5. Work Faster
This rides the line with staying on task, but it is so important when you’re working “two” jobs. I have to be fast and efficient. I cannot become distracted by the interwebs. Gotta stay focused. Laser sharp.
This is how I’m embracing the freelance life! Also, I forgot to include, drink more coffee!! What do you say? What other tips can you give me in your own freelancing experience?