I was recently introduced to the idea of making a schedule of the upcoming week, broken down by hour, slotting in the responsibilities and duties coming up. I at first thought the idea was pedantically obsessive, but I've been trying to live by the maxim "When was the last time you did something for the first time?"
I've never scheduled my week by the hour, let alone by the day, especially as a freelancer, when assignments would pop up and upend the timeline I set up earlier. Then again, what do I have to lose?
So I broke down each day in 15-minute lines and wrote out what I had to do each hour, from interviews to working out to shopping to writing articles. It felt odd, like I wasn't giving myself any flexibility, but I realized something crucial in planning my week: I need some structure as a freelancer. I can't be flailing in the wind all the time, as freeing as that is.
Now, I'm using this schedule to ensure I stay on point with my job, social life, dating life, etc. I'm on top of shit, and that control is a structured outlook I welcome now. It isn't set in stone, so I can flip things around when surprises flit in and out of my week. But at least I got the backbone of what I need to do in a week.
Being a freelancer means you have to be an entrepreneur and your own boss. And so far, the idea of hourly scheduling has given me the perfect solution to any anxiety I have about not knowing what I need to get done when.
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