The Time Trap
“My, how time flies!” What a familiar adage–time does seem to fly by, especially in a virtual world. If you don’t keep up with your social networks, keep your posts, thoughts and other such stuff moving each day, you can fall off the map of the virtual–albeit now–corporate world.
Having faithfully followed The Freelance Writing Jobs Network since beginning my freelance journey, I have been turned on to some great job leads. While pursuing some, testing and otherwise preoccupied with work, I realized I have not kept up with my virtual world presence recently.
BIG mistake in the freelance business. I may have missed out on my “discovery” by the perfect publisher or company looking for someone just like me. Worse yet, I lose track of what’s happening as far as the latest and greatest in freelancing and the social environments. One saving grace is just as quickly as you drop off the map, you can place yourself back on. The key is consistency.
Even though I am an award-winning editor and journalist (from the past), as the years passed I worked in other areas beside writing and I became rusty.
Being caught up in corporate affairs, dealing more with people and personalities versus writing, put me at a disadvantage. For most people those experiences would only add to their niche, or online personality; but as you can see, I am still trying to find mine.
When I got my first freelance “paying job” I felt like the tin man on the Wizard of Oz. The feeling of being stuck out in the rain and suddenly unable to function in my normal realm. Writing always came naturally to me, but when facing a deadline, I somehow freeze. So I thought freelancing would somehow magically remove the deadline stress from my life. Wrong.
Wrong, if you need to earn a certain amount of money and have to work feverishly to make it and do not have a plan. The stress mounts as each deadline approaches. It is the same kind of “bad” stress found on a job situated away from your home which caused many of us to make the decision to freelance.
Working at home did not make me “at home” with that vision I somehow conjured up, of wandering around the house, doing whatever I pleased and writing when I wanted too. It can mean that, but it takes balance. Balance and a plan.
Learning to balance your day is vital in freelance work. At first my family and friends thought I was “off work” and at home now, so they could call on me, or expect that I could drop everything to meet their needs. After all, I wasn’t really working–I was just writing online–from home no less.
It can take some time to help family and friends understand that you are at work. It is vital you set work hours for yourself and stick to them, and things will fall into place as it relates to your earnings and freedom. The vision I had about enjoying a morning cuupa joe while listening to the sounds of birds sing is now, a reality. It can be done. It just takes discipline, balance and a plan.
Best of luck on your freelance journey. Let me know what you have discovered along the way.Journals and Diaries, Uncategorized