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Weekends: Work Or Wind Down?
This weekend I’ll be working on a magazine project and my next newsletter. Although freelance writers are supposed to set their own schedules, we often find that we have to work when the jobs are there. That often means working at weekends while the 9–5ers have some time off. If you’re a WAHM, the weekend might be your best working time, because that’s the time when your partner can take the kids off your hands for a while so that you can meet your deadlines.
After a while, though, you might start to wonder if you’re missing something. Is it possible that you’re working even harder than you did when you held a full time job? That happens to a lot of freelance writers, especially when they are in the career building stage. At that point, it is hard to say no, so you say yes to everything and write till your arms fall off.
However, for the sake of your health, at some point you need to set a schedule. It’s part of being a professional writer. This means that you set working hours and stick to them, unless the circumstances are unusual. Your work week might run from Saturday to Wednesday, but that’s OK as long as you are focused on what you have to achieve. Once your work week is done, then take some well deserved time off.
No one should work all day, every day. In my case, I took a day off earlier in the week, so working at the weekend doesn’t seem like such a hardship. And of course, it means I will meet my deadlines without stress, which is good for me and my clients. Enjoy your weekend. :)