As a freelance writer, it’s easy to grab onto work that comes my way with both hands and completely immerse myself in it until the deadline is done.
Of course this makes sense – I’m getting paid for it and it needs all of my attention. All of it. Right? I was chatting to a fellow freelance friend at our weekly hangout spot ( we meet up as faux colleagues, Apple’s backed up against each other, working in almost silence) and she exclaimed that she, too, doesn’t have time to work on her own , personal projects because of paid work, when more free time is part of the reason she went freelance in the first place. I can totally relate. On the one hand, I’m not getting paid (just yet) to work on my own passion projects but I struggle to prioritise this time I have to focus on me and the future me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m completely grateful that I have this work in the first place I just struggle to switch off. Which brings me to my next question:
Why do we only value our time when someone else is paying for it?
I’m lucky enough to choose my own work hours but I will work haphazardly on various projects throughout the day, whilst not really feeling like I’ve achieved much at the end of it.
So my new challenge is this: Introducing, Diarise My Work Day. My plan in ultra organisation is to diarise it all – from my long overdue pedicure at Toast & Co to fact-checking copy before print at 7pm. And I’m going to make time to complete that online course I’ve yet to finish – because although it’s not income, it’s investing in my future self, the person I want to be – the big picture Tessa and that’s worth more that R3 a word..