Today I thought I would address a subject that I have been thinking about a lot lately:
I don’t know if it is the back to school feeling or time to reflect over the summer holidays but I have been thinking a lot about freelance working and achieving balance.
I had never really worked as self employed before and before I did I had no idea how all consuming it can be. In order to make a success of self employment it is really important to be passionate about your business. I love what I do in a way I didn’t think possible. Add to that, as a sole trader you are the boss and the bottle washer – the buck stops with you so EVERY task associated with a business must either be done by you or you must find a suitable way of outsourcing it. Add to that, if you work from home the lines between home and work become incredibly blurred.
I have thrown an awful lot of myself into work in the last two years. If you look at last year’s published output the knitting hours alone on these is considerable.
- Green means it is being addressed
- Amber means its being kept ticking over
- Red means it is NOT being addressed
- Getting arrangements with my husband and friends booked into the diary.
- Wrote my 40by40 list to inject a bit more fun.
- Have a Sunday night bath and pamper.
- Started attending a yoga class.
- Making time to nest a little – deep cleaning and decorating.
- Implemented a new housework scheme (its working a treat so far – shared here – I am learning to love housework, never thought that would be possible!)
- Make time each week to bake (bread and treats)
- Decide hours (on a weekly basis) and stick to them.
- Turn down work that doesn’t fit my goals.
- Being more focussed with my social media.
Balance is highly individual – people have different needs and lifestyles and what feels balanced to one would be horribly off to someone else. It will also shift over time.