It's settled into a pattern for me. I try to work when my brain works best and that's mornings for me. Luckily that also coincides with when my youngest daughter is at school, so 8-3 is my normal working day during the week. Then I collect her and start on all the Mum jobs like cooking, cleaning, homework etc....
Occasionally I'll do a bit of work in the evenings, but it tends to take me at least twice as long.
One of the reasons I got into this work was because I wanted a job I could do anywhere. We were thinking about moving abroad, but instead of that I'm considering travelling around Europe for a few years in my motorhome with my Hus and daughter. I think that would be more fun
Not really. I work when I can. I work after I'm done teaching, late at night, or whenever I get the chance. Often late at night.
I work from home and I just realized I should follow a time table and not following one really sucks.
Not only it is affecting my work but also affecting my family life.
I do try to. I always mean to get my work done and finished during normal working hours. Unfortunately most of those around me (with the exception of Simões) don't factor in that what I do is real work.
I won't complain about it though - but I am aiming to slowly educate folks and get my working day tighter. I want my evenings and weekends free - like anyone does
I am a full time student. At the same time I am a full scholar at my school. There is a requirement that I must maintain my grade 1.75 in average. Huh.. hope ,my spent time in hubpages wont affect my grades.
I'd like to follow a timetable - ie get up and start work at 8am and knock off at 5pm like normal workers do, but it's not really possible because my internet access is a shaky mobile dongle and the connection speed always improves at night time. So I find myself working from about 11.30am when I get up till 3 - 4am, except on days I have to leave the house to go shopping, pay bills etc.
Well, as soon as someone figures out how to make a day contain, say, 36 hours or so, I'll have every night free to do what I want instead of working.
Part of my reason for working at home and for myself was to be free of a time table. I don't follow a set schedule, I don't work all the time.
I have some online schooling I'm also doing, I have a garden I love (doesn't take much time now but it will come summer), I have friends and family, and I travel.
If you work for yourself and you don't have your evenings and weekends free and you wish you did, it means either you are working very inefficiently or it's not really a priority for you to actualy have that free time.
Seriously, I think it's just that I have a hard time distinguishing working from doing whatever I like.
It's partly that I honestly do love my work - there is so little of it that I find even the tiniest bit onerous that it mostly feels like play to me. Because I do so many different things every day, I almost never feel compelled to one task and can always switch to something else should that not be my cup of tea right then.
So it's really hard for me to say if I spend most of my day goofing around or working. I can find a way to label 90% of it as work, but I could easily label 70% as play, too.
I don't think of weekends free. Anytime is free, and anytime is work. Shrug.. it's mostly the same thing, at least for me.
That sounds like you've found your proper space, and the right balance for yourself. To me, that's the goal. For me that right balance is times of concentrated working, and very definitely not working (esp as many of those times are sans internet).
Essentially, if you work for yourself, and you find yourself thinking that you wish you weren't doing what you are doing, or you wish you were doing something else... Then you have a problem, because the only person who can grant those wishes also happens to be you, and for some reason you aren't doing it.
You see - my reasons for working at home are different. They're accidental. I work as I do because I needed a job. After trying unsuccessfully to find one the usual way - apply, interview, start work, I realised that that I had to figure out a solution (to enjoying a regular income) instead of viewing the rather horrible job situation as a barrier to income.
Hence what I now do. That said - I would like to keep more regular hours because that's what I prefer (or maybe what I'm use to). As time passes and I find that external influences creep in, sometimes I do enjoy the freedom to get up and go, respond (like last week when I got the most awful news over the phone) and so on.
Maybe I should just get off the office band wagon and go with the flow.
Most internet marketers know that their best work happens between midnight and 4:00 AM.
That will be me then - hence the name !!
Writing is a lonely job and those hours are the quietest here - no kid, wife, TV, calls, e-mails or other distractions...
I like writing in the morning. Writing involves thinking and by night your brain is kind of tired.
That's just like me too - although I am on here many hours, I get most of my actual writing done in the morning (or in the first hours after rising each day). Later on I spend the time promoting, or just hanging around forums or even playing Spider Solitaire. When my internet access is fast enough I spend hours on keyword research too.
Hubbing is so addictive. I'm spending so much time in front of the computer researching my topics. My laptop and I are very close now... I think we are BFF. Now seriously, do your school work first and then do your hub. As a student, you know how to schedule your courses and study time, so treat hubbing as an extra course. I hope this helps a little. All the best.
At first I had a hard time knowing when I should stop working- log off the internet and focus on something away from cyber space... Now- I have more of a schedule, and know how to pace myself so I do not become burnt out- don't neglect my home or family and stay affective in all areas of my life.
If you love your work do not forget to save alot of your income. You may be out of job and you need to depend on your income.
Just starting out here at Hubpages...I'm trying to get things on something of a schedule, but it's tough doing it around a full-time job with varying hours. And having to shovel all this snow every couple of days sure doesn't help!
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