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One way that freelancing differs from most traditional jobs is that you have more on your mind. There are lots of moving parts, all battling for your attention. It can be hard to push all that aside to enjoy the time when you're not working. Modern devices make things worse, because as the saying goes, the person who can work anywhere ends up working everywhere. So, how do you live the good life you promised yourself when you started freelancing? I've given a few tips already and some of the practices you've learned so far will benefit your personal life as well.
The most important one is to know what your work is everyday. People--and I include myself in this-- very often stress out because they have that nagging feeling that there's something important they have forgotten to do. That's why I'm so demanding with myself when it comes to planning and writing down my plans. Because it pays of when I can say, "Everything is done and now I'm worthy of rest." Another tip and one that works well if you're as obsessive of I am is to consider your personal life as if it's a client.
Just as you'd schedule a dentist appointment, try scheduling say four hours in the evening that are only for you. You might want to specify what you're going to do in that time or maybe specify what you won't do. No email, no phone, no whatever it is that keeps you wrapped up during the work day. Related to that, put away your tools. I do everything on my laptop computer and I usually carry it with me everywhere. When I leave it in the office I'm making a statement to myself that the time I'm about to pass will have no work in it.
Even consider leaving your cellphone at home if you might get client calls on it while relaxing. When I do take time off I have a mantra to repeat if I start to feel guilty for all that work I'm not doing. It's, "This is what I'm suppose to be doing right now." You know what? That so called dead time ends up making you more productive overall. I gain perspective, which my subconscious uses to solve problems I can't solve in any other way. The time you spend supposedly not doing anything can be the most productive time of all.
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