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Thoughts On Freelance: Time

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Today’s thoughts on freelance? Time is like gold dust.

So far this week I have wasted time on trying to get a parcel delivered. Finding out that it had been attempted to be delivered twice to the wrong place, trying to locate it and corresponding with three different sets of people to get it delivered correctly. Sure I was concerned for the money contained inside in the form of stock, but mostly I was panicking about the amount of time contained inside in the form of hand making all the pieces, stickering the stock and inputting it all into a spreadsheet. I have also wasted time twice by writing out huge messages on Facebook, only for it to get eaten before I got chance to save them.

I thought time would be more precious when you’re being paid by the hour, but in fact I’m coming to learn it’s the other way around. I can’t believe how ‘tight’ I’ve become where time is concerned and how angry I’ve become when I feel like it’s being leeched.

I have just been so busy since going freelance. I honestly thought I’d be sat twiddling my thumbs, having endless time to design new products and work on personal projects, but I’ve barely had time to breathe. Don’t get me wrong, being busy is the best possible outcome where you have only just made the switch to freelance, but I’m in shock – I just don’t know how I ever used to cope before!!

I’m sure things will settle down and I will get more used to a) the difference between getting paid by the hour and earning money on a project basis and b) learning how to manage my time and where my time is being wasted. It doesn’t help that I’ve been quite poorly this week, too, but I certainly don’t have time for rest! ;)

Do you struggle to manage your time? I would love to hear any tips you’d like to share :)

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posted by onetenzeroseven in Business and have Comments (5)
  • Margot.

    Yep. I’m still a student and I’m writing a blog too and I like to make quality post on a regular basis but it takes so much time to write a good post, take the pictures, edit them, upload, etc. etc. It takes up more time than I think it will and I end up being behind on blog things, school work, .. I would love for it to be my job one day but then indeed I would also have to find more hours in a day I guess because then I’d have to put out more good content, do research, .. It’s amazing being busy with things you love but it’s exhausting and sometimes I just wonder where time has gone so quickly .. :) Good luck with going freelance, I know you’ll cope. Life finds its balance one way or the other ;) xx

  • http://www.chicadeedee.com/ Dannielle @ Chic-a-DeeDee

    I go in waves and am sometimes complete crap at managing my time, and when I get too stressed, I just manage to not accomplish anything at all! Hope you find your balance :)

  • http://onetenzeroseven.com/blog Sophie

    Thanks!! Stress is a terrible time zapper – I end up spending more time faffing than actually accomplishing something. I guess it’s better to take some time out and make a plan, even if you think you don’t have time to, you’re probably doing yourself out of time by worrying instead.

  • http://onetenzeroseven.com/blog Sophie

    Thanks so much :))

    Absolutely, it always takes more time than you think and strangely the more time you have for something, the more things you find to do! I guess for me I’m not the sort of person than can cope with being “bored” so I just jam pack my life until it’s bursting! Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy ;)

    Good luck with your studies and your blog – it’s great that you’re putting so much effort in!

  • http://www.kayliwanders.com/ Kayli Schattner

    How brave of you to go freelance! I know you will be so successful :) I’ve been trying to learn more & more about the world of freelance as it’s something I’d love to do for a few years after college while I travel. It’d be fun to learn about your highs and lows, trials and joys! I hope you find the answers your looking for and embrace the experience like you seem to be doing :)