Now that my little diva has stabilized her timetable (sort of), I thought it will be nice to share my daily schedule with everyone. For those who are mothers, I feel your pain but juggling your time between your freelance work and your family shouldn’t be a life and death battle. For those who are freelancers, well… if I can juggle my time with a baby, you can do so much better than me. The key to it is flexibility, commitment and management.
Here is how my weekdays look like:
(I don’t usually work on weekends, only checking in on emails and messages. Unless there’s an urgent assignment but I usually avoid that pretty much because weekends are precious to me as we spend time together as a family.)
8am – Baby’s awake. Usually, she plays on her own or I’ll bring her to bed and play with her.
8.30am Time for me to climb out of bed to make breakfast.
9am – Wash baby up and feed her. I’ll use her feeding time to check my emails and messages.
10am – Reading time with the baby. Sometimes she able to read by herself, I’ll take the opportunity to write MiddleMe articles on my iPhone while sitting with her.
11am – Baby’s Naptime! My break for lunch and catch the latest drama series.
12pm – Time to do laundry and prep for tonight’s dinner.
1pm – Work on clients’ articles.
2pm – Power Nap for me!
3pm – Both of us wakes up. Feeding time for baby. Time for me to clean the house.
4pm – She plays on her own on her playmat while I work on clients’ articles.
5pm – I join her on the playmat for play and sing-a-long. Or take her out for a swim or stroll if the weather is good.
6pm – Cooking dinner. Feeding time for baby.
7pm – Daddy’s home! Dinnertime.
8pm – Bedtime for baby.
After 8pm, it’s free time for me to either cuddle up with a book, spend some quality couple to bond, work on my clients’ articles and write MiddleMe’s articles.
That’s how a typical day of mine goes. I’m prepared to switch up or down to replace any activity to suit my daughter’s mood (she has mostly good days and some bad). I usually work ahead on my clients’ assignments and I gave myself plenty of time before the deadline so I can always delay my work until after 8pm when she’s asleep.
The importance of a freelancer is to have the freedom of time and flexibility. If you’re looking to earn a fixed amount of salary within a certain of hours per day, you are better off as an employee. If you are slogging on your desktop more than 8 hours a day, freelancing is probably not for you.
Now that you see my schedule, it ain’t so difficult to juggle both my work and still has time for my family. I hope by sharing this timetable will help to motivate all work-from-home parents as well as startup freelancers.
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