We’ve looked at how important it is to take a break, and explored some useful ways that you can recharge your batteries by stepping away from your work. But how do other freelancers manage to take time away from their busy schedules? Here’s a few great examples of freelancers talking about how they structure their day:
Freelance writer Kris Emery talks about the challenges of maintaining a good schedule while working from home and explains how she’s “chunked” her day into 50-minute work blocks. After 50-minutes, she takes 10 minutes to do a completely different task to make sure she gets enough breaks in the day and stays productive.
When you’re working for yourself, it’s easy to think that ploughing on with your work instead of taking a break is the macho thing to do. But Ben Werdmuller, CTO of lakatoo talks about how he’s learned to avoid a “macho” mentality while working from home, and instead focuses on things like sleep, exercise, nutrition.
It took two years before freelance copywriter and editor Susan Bentley took a proper break from her business. But even then she was still worried about losing work or missing leads when she was away - so the holiday wasn’t as useful as it should have been. Her solution? Completely detaching from her business when taking her latest vacation - including a full email amnesty and no social media access - in order to properly recharge.
Feeling guilty that you’re not using your break time productively? Don’t be! In addition to taking a walk and getting some well-deserved fresh air every afternoon, check out how copywriter Deidre Rienzo manages to fit in a daily 15-30 minute TV break into her daily schedule.
Do you have a hot tip for how to take breaks when you’re freelancing - or any examples of how you do so in your own business? Hit us up on twitter or leave a comment to let us know. Have a great weekend!