Usually this makes me sad.
I think, “Where did the time go? I didn’t do all the things I wanted to do!”
But this summer, I feel like I finally got it right. I allowed myself to enjoy the flexibility of freelancing.
- I took a few afternoons off to go swimming.
- I hiked. I kayaked. I took long walks with my dog.
- I traveled to Paris and Barcelona.
- I sat by a stream in the Rocky Mountains.
- I went to a movie by myself on a Friday afternoon and ate popcorn.
- I read lots of books in my hammock.
And guess what?
I didn't earn less money. I didn’t lose any clients over it, and not a single deadline was missed. I still worked hard. I just worked fewer hours.
What I discovered was this:
Because I was on a schedule with shifted priorities, the hours I did spend working were more focused, productive, and overall—more enjoyable.
I finally felt in control of my work.
It put me in the right place to jump into new opportunities:
- I worked with Paul Jarvis on his freelancing course (more on that soon.)
- I made my first YouTube video.
- I did a live writing tutorial with Joanna Wiebe over on Copyhackers.
And this was a really different feeling for me.
Over the past three years of freelancing, I kind of resented summer because I never let myself enjoy it.
I just kept working. And working. And working. And then, POOF! Summer was over. Buh-bye.
Now, summer is over again. But I'm not sad about it.
Fall is here (I've got the window up in my office today and a sweatshirt on.)
If this is your favorite season (like it is mine) and you have the ability to set your own hours, my message to you is this:
Give yourself permission to enjoy it.
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