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When working for yourself it can be hard to get the motivation to start work. On other occasions it can be hard to know when to take a break and switch off from work. Finding the right balance between work and leisure time can take some getting used to. Sometimes I find myself worrying that I will miss a fantastic paid opportunity. Working constantly is not good for anyone and can lead to stress and depression. Taking a break when self-employed is something that I have come to realise the importance of. Today I want to talk to you about what I do to allow me to have a break without everything falling apart.
Over the last year or two I have made a path for myself through the World of self-employment. I have started to allow myself more downtime and these are my top tips for taking a break when self-employed:
Work out a target for yourself
Whether this is in hours worked or money made find what works best for you. Personally, I aim for a set amount of money per day/week. I also love to be organised by keeping a #kickerlist which is my own form of a to-do list.
Work out if you have busy/quiet days
I find that Monday is my quietest weekday and Sunday is my quietest weekend day.
This means that I work less on Monday to allow for a lesser amount of work. I also have most Sundays off, depending on my husband’s work schedule.
Keep a spreadsheet
Having a spreadsheet reminds me websites that I only visit every few days, or once a week. A spreadsheet has also allowed me to workout when my busy times of the day, week, month and year usually are. This is ideal for the above two tips and has allowed me to see when it is time to increase my daily/weekly targets.
This also makes it much easier when it comes to tax return time. I keep a track of all of my payments and the balances I hold with each company I complete work for. This also helps me stay organised and make payment requests as I hit thresholds.
If you are pushed for time you can just update this once a week or even once a month. I have quite a few sites I am a member of and it only takes me around 10 minutes to do this.
Plan activities/days out with friends/family
By making plans with people not only are you getting our and socialising but you are committed. If you book tickets for events in advance, make travel arrangements or even just have a firm day you’ll be more likely to stick to it.
Taking a break when self-employed is what is needed sometimes to recharge your batteries. I personally find that having at least 2 days where I rest and relax each week has done wonders for my well being. Now on the days when I work I push myself harder knowing that I have fun days planned. Taking a break when self-employed is very important for morale but be sure to give yourself time to find what works best for you and your line of work.
Make more money
Now I know it isn’t always that easy when building up a business. However, while I was building up my website I started using lots of methods to make money online. These are all free to join, well, all but one, and I’ve made £1000s every year from them!
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