I woke up today feeling rather fresh. Getting back to work, allowing myself to go crazy on Pinterest and getting back to your blogs. I feel somehow new, i guess that's the whole vacation thing for right?! I took a moment to think about why i felt so tired at the beginning of my break and it wasn't really difficult to see why. Like some of you fellow freelance friends already know, being a freelance sometimes means no schedule. Yes sometimes you might need to work all day, just because you can. Sometimes you forget to give yourself a break and maybe a pat on the back? September has always been a "New beginnings" kinda month, so i thought instead of sharing a vacation post (so many pictures, i have to break it into parts) i should share with you my list / guide to a successful freelance year.
Waking up early in the morning, has to be on top of my list. It has always been a huge problem for me, since i enjoy sleeping way too much. A morning shower, must be one of the best things you can do to wake your body happy. And some 7 minute excursive wouldn't be bad either.
Preparing yummy snacks. This rule might not be perfect for everyone, but since i don't mind about my weight or figure, i always find it an exciting treat within my working day, to have a snack different than just a toast. A cupcake? A cheesecake, or some nachos with guacamole sauce. Doesn't that already cheer you up?
Sometimes No is better than Yes. Filter the projects you undertake. I used to never say no, and always thinking i could do everything. Well, i turned out wrong. I did work on some projects that i wasn't feeling right about (wether the project itself or the person i was working with) and sometimes many of them at a time. I always see better results when i work with people / projects that inspire me. It's only fair to me and the clients. Having a waiting list also helps you to give 100% of yourself to you the projects you work on.
Schedule wisely. I would schedule all my projects in one day on my organizer, and would run like a lunatic all day to check them all. Most of the times i didn't and would feel guilty. Schedule your tasks within reach. It's better to spread them within the week and of course within reasonable timings and having some more relaxed working time.
Taking a break within the day. What is that? Honestly, i've never done that before, but would love to try! hah for reals, a break just for you is the best. Don't take a break to get your nails done, trust me, you'll feel tired afterwards. But a break to read a book, or sit on the couch or go for a walk, will boost your creativity.
Taking a good break on weekends. Oh yes, that's my favorite. You do deserve a weekend off right? Plus getting away from the internet will clear your mind, and get you inspired. I know Pinterest is the best inspiration place nowadays, but a small adventure in the forest is even more!
Date time! Both hubby and i being freelancers, sometimes take for granted the time we spend together. Just because we are sitting on our laptops facing each other, doesn't mean we are spending some quality time. We don't go out, for a coffee or on clubs etc. it might sound shocking to some, but that's not how like to get entertained. After one visit to a local pub for a beer on my birthday though, we saw that going out doesn't need to be extreme. It could be casual and still close to what we like!
And speaking of fresh starts. I've worked on new topics that will come with the new blog, and was wondering if there is category that you really enjoy reading. Style post? life? I would appreciate your opinion!