It’s been about two months since I quit my full-time job. During this time I’ve been trying to balance freelance projects with a newfound freedom.
When I go though a big change to my daily routine, it typically takes me a few months to reorganize and focus my time. I tend to get overwhelmed when my days dramatically shift.
While I don’t miss working full-time, I do miss the predictability of my days.
During the first month and a half after leaving my full-time job, I took on so many freelance projects that I thought I might never sleep again. Part of my motivation for taking on so much was not knowing when I might get more work.
I felt as though I needed to take on more in case there wasn’t anymore freelance work to come.
As I write this, a couple of projects have been delayed, which has given me some much needed breathing room.
The additional time has allowed me to indulge in my once each decade tradition of trying to figure out how we got here, why we’re here and what’s next. You know, the lighter things in life.
This repeating period in my life is usually marked by an intense period of research, study and pondering. I reread historical and religious texts and attempt to digest new interpretations and theories from minds much greater than mine.
The result is typically an updated world-view and period of satisfaction where I naively believe I have things (mostly) figured out. That is, until the next period of searching consumes me and causes me to change and/or refine my perspective once again.
I’m also figuring out what our finances will look like as I transition into freelance work. Look forward to tips on making an irregular income work for you as soon as I devise a solid plan.
Do you ever go through these periods of high activity and focus that are later balanced with retreat and reflection?
P.S. When you receive this, I’ll be enjoying a family vacation and (hopefully) relaxing. So, if I’m unable to respond to comments right away, that’s why!