Sleep. Coffee. Hustle. Repeat. Such is the life of a woman who works for herself – or is at least trying to. In all honesty, guys, I’m writing this post at 7pm on a Friday, when most girls my age (29, forever, yo!) are out on hot dinner dates, hanging with the fam, etc.
When I first started freelancing, I threw my entire being into my work. I ran on deadlines and black coffee and the sheer willpower to make something of my business, and myself. There just seemed like too little time in the day to get my work done, and eventually, I ran out of fuel. I got dumped by a great guy because I chose my career over him, rarely saw my friends, and was simply exhausted with my lifestyle.
If you work for yourself or are trying to launch a side hustle, it’s critical to keep a healthy work/life balance. Here are my three tips on maintaining such a balance, and how to have fun amidst the freelance.
Do Take Time for Yourself
Between the deadlines, client meetings, and paperwork, it can seem like you have no time for anyone in your life. It’s important to take a step back and give yourself at least one night out of the week to DO NOTHING. Unplug your phone, turn off your laptop, and just curl up with a good book, some scented candles and relax.
Don’t Neglect Your Friends
Your budding career can seem like the most important thing in the world right now, but it can never, ever take the place of your friends. Remember to poke your head out once in awhile (maybe this Saturday?) and spend time with those who care about you.
Do Keep Two Planners
Make things easier on yourself by keeping a social planner AND a work planner. This way, you can keep work and play total separate and not mix a brunch date with a client dinner.