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Week One

My first week of freelancing wasn’t exactly what I expected. I spent a large portion of my week doing “boring” tasks that wound up eating up a big portion of my time. Things like meeting with an accountant, running errands, building my new desk, setting up my new workstation, looking up New York state laws, setting up more meetings. These things were all important and needed to get done, but they took up about 75% of my week.

Not too glamorous to be honest. Many of these things only need to get done once, so I’m not worried about my time being absorbed entirely by the unexpected. Just part of the growing pains of setting up a new company I suppose.

I also tried to make a point to spend a lot of my spare time reflecting on everything I was doing or was planning on doing and asking myself lots of questions.

“How can I do this better moving forward?”

“Is this something that I should be spending my time on right now?”

“How can I spend my time more efficiently and feel better about how I spent my day?”

A lot of my struggles in this first week came from feeling like I wasn’t accomplishing as much as I felt I should have. I spent a lot of time getting these new systems in place as well as doing the work I’ve been hired to do, but I didn’t spend nearly as much time as I’d like to working on personal projects or learning new things.

What happened was that I wasn’t sticking to my ideal schedule that I wrote about earlier during my daily blogging series. I know now that for a little while longer my days are going to be pretty fluid as I work to get the last of my business setup in place, but I need to set aside specific time each day for the different things I need to get done.

I want to make sure I get back to (and surpass) my old output. That is the most important thing to me right now. I want to blog more often than once a week and I want to be able to share my process and design work multiple times a week again.

So I’m going to start doing that.

Starting this week, I’ll be sharing a work-in-progress, my process, or a finished design on instagram every day. In addition to that, I will be blogging twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays about my design career and my process.

Time to put my money where my mouth is and commit to doing the type of output I want to do. No more excuses. Time to work.

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