It’s a common conundrum for many freelancers: setting aside time in the midst of a busy freelancing schedule to spend time with loved ones, or even make new friends. After all, if freelancing is the main source of income, no work means no pay. However, there are several ways in which freelancers can maintain their careers and their personal lives.
Remembering What’s Most Important
We live in an ever-changing world, one in which we’re not promised tomorrow. So, we need to make the most of our lives today. Freelancers, think of it this way: if you were to write the story of your life right now, would it be filled with regrets, or would it be filled with treasured memories?
If it’s a choice between having dinner with a friend you don’t see often, or working on a project, you know which one you should choose – would you choose it? Freelancing should mean having more flexibility between work and a personal life, not less.
The Time Crunch
Sure, it’s easy to get caught up in making money, particularly when there are a variety of bills to pay in a short amount of time. In those sorts of scenarios, yes, it’s necessary to put work first. However, there is inevitably going to be at least the occasional amount of free time in between projects, so why not schedule that time for social events, planning ahead whenever possible?
Even the most diligent of freelancers want to take some time out to have fun. Sometimes, that’s easier said than done, particularly for freelancers who, for various reasons, need to start over with a new social circle. It all starts with similar interests; a site that I would recommend is Meetup, where groups of people join together for various events like trivia nights or visits to local attractions. Regardless of how fun these events might seem, freelancers, always be mindful of your safety too.
Instead of strictly relying on the Internet to find interesting events, there’s a lot to be said for the “old-fashioned” method of checking the community calendar section of local print newspapers. A particularly meaningful way to get out of the home office and meet new people is to volunteer for various organizations.
Just like working too much, it can be easy to work less and socialize more, to the detriment of finances. It’s important to get enough rest and nutrition along the way. Though a constant juggling act, it’s important to structure life in terms of priorities of which, in my opinion, health should always be first. We all need time to rest and recharge for the next adventure, be it social or professional.
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