My last post centered on vacation time necessary to keep our minds clear and focused. Freelancers should also schedule a personal day once every month or two. This day will allow you to focus on other things in your life that need to be done, or may be used as a day of relaxation.
These personal days allow us to give our minds a break as well. They help us to unwind, which we all need to do sometimes. One day to refresh our thoughts. It works. Some of the possible benefits, depending on your career path and environmental situation, include:
Being more relaxed, not only with your friends and family, but for work as well.
Time to get other things done.
Time to relax.
Better focus when you get back to work.
More organized thinking.
Take out your calendar and schedule at least 6 personal days over the course of the next 12 months. Schedule one each month if possible. It is important that freelancers take care of themselves.
Shannon L. Buck
Posted in The Freelance Life
Tagged benefits, break, focus, freelance, freelancer, get things done, mental health, organized, personal day, relax, stress, unwind
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Whether your freelance career provides you with a lot of physical activity or uses mostly brain power, you will find yourself needing to take a break at different points in your career. I suggest at least three vacations (or mini vacations) per year.
Physical activity takes a lot out of you, as does mental activity. Both of these can lead to stress and fatigue. As a freelance writer, I use a lot of brain power. Sometimes I feel as though I may burn out. When I start to feel this way, I take a break. If I have any paid projects that need to be finished, I finish them before I take my break.
A one or two week vacation seems like a great idea, but I have difficulty not performing writing tasks. Or at least some other business tasks. I tend to take more mini vacations. Usually one every month or two.
Doing so allows my brain to rest and recharge. When I get back to the writing business, my mind is clear and I am better able to concentrate on tasks in an organized manner, and with gust.
Schedule your vacations.
Scheduling a full vacation every three or four months, or a mini vacations every month or two, will be helpful. Doing this now, and marking your calendar, will provide you with a guide indicating when you should not schedule paid projects from clients.
Schedule your vacations now, taking into consideration important events you would like to attend, and times when your family will also take time off from school/work.
Shannon L. Buck
Posted in Health and Nutrition for the Freelancer
Tagged brain power, career, fatigue, freelance, health, mental activity, mental health, mini vacation, physical activity, stress, take a break, vacation