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Turning off the clock for "me time"

From: Freelancing Fundamentals

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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.

Turning off the clock for "me time"

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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Freelancing Fundamentals

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  1. 10m 50s
    1. Welcome
      1m 53s
    2. What is freelancing?
      2m 53s
    3. How freelancing and employment differ
      2m 33s
    4. Preparing your mindset
      3m 31s
  2. 9m 24s
    1. Defining career goals
      2m 48s
    2. Sharpening your market focus
      3m 18s
    3. Transitioning to freelancing
      3m 18s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Preparing your portfolio
      3m 11s
    2. Estimating costs
      3m 10s
    3. Funding your startup
      2m 42s
    4. Establishing your workspace
      3m 35s
    5. Building your professional network
      3m 33s
  4. 8m 51s
    1. Getting licenses, permits, and insurance
      2m 15s
    2. Creating contracts
      4m 23s
    3. Finding professional service vendors
      2m 13s
  5. 12m 54s
    1. Setting prices
      3m 13s
    2. Establishing payment systems
      1m 36s
    3. Invoicing and getting paid
      3m 50s
    4. Keeping the books
      2m 32s
    5. Managing taxes
      1m 43s
  6. 14m 41s
    1. Announcing your availability
      3m 16s
    2. Finding work through agencies
      2m 2s
    3. Onboarding clients
      2m 59s
    4. Avoiding scams
      3m 25s
    5. Choosing assignments
      2m 59s
  7. 11m 27s
    1. Interacting with clients
      2m 11s
    2. Delivering quality work
      2m 28s
    3. Getting referrals and recommendations
      2m 34s
    4. Losing and firing clients
      4m 14s
  8. 10m 48s
    1. Deconstructing big jobs
      3m 34s
    2. Adopting time-management tools
      2m 35s
    3. Creating schedules
      2m 30s
    4. Turning off the clock for "me time"
      2m 9s
  9. 20m 6s
    1. Staying motivated
      3m 3s
    2. Increasing your rates
      2m 52s
    3. Marketing beyond your professional network
      2m 56s
    4. Growing through hires and partnerships
      3m 30s
    5. Building passive income
      3m 48s
    6. Changing focus
      3m 57s
  10. 4m 52s
    1. Case study: Publishing a book
      2m 47s
    2. Next steps
      2m 5s
  11. 12m 42s
    1. Freelancing Q&A
      12m 42s

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