As a professional freelancer, one of the hazards you face is letting your work encroach on your weekends. I must admit, I’m guilty of this more often than I care to admit.
It’s so easy to give in to the pull of projects on weekend days. Whether you’ve fallen behind and see the weekend as an opportunity to catch up, or have projects that you want to get a jump on, or have developed the mindset that if you have free time you should fill it up with work … the weekend can quickly turn into work time.
I’ve learned over the years, that I generally do better as a web writer when I don’t work on the weekends. I feel more creative during the week. I don’t get burned out with my work. And, I get a chance to work on projects that are more creative and fun and that provide a different kind of satisfaction than the projects I get paid for.
When it comes down to it, work and play are both important for good mental health, and I can feel the difference when I set aside the weekends to play.
Sometimes it’s hard to do, so here’s what I recommend:
- Put away your to-do list at the end of the day on Friday. Don’t look at it during the weekend.
- Make a separate weekend to-do list if you’re tackling non-work-related projects.
- Plan for fun. Weekends sitting around in front of the TV don’t really feed your energy stores, so make a plan to do something you enjoy.
- If you feel more in control of the week to come when you do a little planning, then go ahead and take 30 minutes to an hour Sunday evening and plan for the week ahead.
Recapturing your weekends can do wonders for your overall outlook and can make your journey to web-writing success much more fun.
There’s more great content on the Wealthy Web Writer site this week, including articles on building your long-term security and getting more enjoyment out of your web-writing career. Let’s take a look …
The key to long-term security is multiple income streams. Mindy writes about all the possibilities open to you as a web writer to create financial security while honoring your passions.
Also, check out how you can land an autoresponder client within the next 30 days. Jay White uses seven steps for success and you can find them all outlined in last week’s Roving Report on the Fortune Formula.
Then, give yourself a mental boost with some great advice on why the journey matters and why it’s important to acknowledge what you’ve accomplished so far.
Finally, don’t miss out on the May 3rd event on creating preselling materials for your website. You’ll learn from the experts at SiteSell how to use your site as a vessel for generating leads and creating relationships.
Pre-Summer Goal Check
Summer is almost upon us, despite the moody weather. And, that means it’s a great time to revisit your goals and plans for the year.
Day One: Pull out the list of goals you made at the beginning of the year and read through it. Even if you’re behind where you want to be, acknowledge the progress you’ve made toward each.
Day Two: Do a gut-check on each goal. Is each still in line with what you want to be doing and what you want to accomplish by the end of the year? Today, let go of any goals that don’t suit you any more.
Day Three: What’s missing? Have things come up in the first four months of the year that you want to accomplish, but that aren’t on your list? Add them to your goals.
Day Four: Revise your plans. After reviewing and updating your goals, it’s time to update your plan for achieving them by the end of the year. Check your task lists. Check where you’re at in your progress, and revise your timeline to fit the time left in the year and the progress you still want to make.
Day Five: Do something meaningful toward each of your major goals today. Taking this step will help you reestablish any momentum you may have lost during the year.
That’s all for today! Have a great week!