Part Three: The trickiest parts of being a freelancer are... Plus a FREEBIE!
Taking breaks is bad! Or is it? How can we get the most out of our time without burning out?
So, let's talk about taking breaks, even during crunch time! You might say: "But I don't have time to stop working!"
In reality, you don't have time to not stop working.
One of my favorite parts of being a freelancer is being my own boss. And I want to be a fun one! Have you lost the ability to relax and enjoy your work without feeling guilty every time you step away from the desk? Let's talk about bringing that sense of relaxation and balance back!
For many years burnout, distractions, and wandering attention fought a battle against my productivity. But time is money, and in the art business, you have to seriously hustle to make it work. I have to be honest, I still do struggle to stay focused, especially in the winter when its dreary out and all I want to do is curl up in bed with a book. But I do have a few strategies to make taking breaks from work purposeful and useful, all while keeping my workflow exciting and invigorating!
Taking a break is okay! It can reset your brain! You actually really can't afford to NOT take breaks. If you are feeling stuck, stepping away for a bit can be really important for kick-starting your ideas. And breaks are a great time to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Set rules for yourself: they can be whatever you like. You can decide that you will drink a glass of water, stretch, take the dog for a walk, or anything else that refreshes you!
I have seen some studies suggest a 50/10 split. Work for 50 minutes, then take a 10 minute break. You can try it, and modify it to fit your needs. If you need a timer, that is ok too. There are countless studies backing the fact that breaks really do increase productivity. A running theme in this series is flexibility and balance. I will admit that I am not very good at returning to work on time if I am not careful! I just have Siri (iPhone user here) set a timer, so I don't lose track. Do whatever works for you! Freelance can be a juggling act, but once a routine is established you can be a superstar! (A happy superstar!)