Why Taking a Rest Day is Essential For Freelancers

Man Resting on Street

From the Freelancers Union author Shirin McArthur.

Committing to a rest day is essential to Freelancer Wellness.

When is the last time you took an entire day off from your freelancing?

It’s a tough question, isn’t it? One of the challenges of the freelance life is that if you’re not working in the business, you’re working on it. If you’re not doing work for clients, you’re working on your website or your finances or your marketing or… the list can seem endless.

But we’re not machines. We all need to take time away from our work. We need it for many reasons and in a variety of ways. Taking a day of rest might seem like an extreme thing to do and our culture certainly doesn’t encourage it. But you could discover it’s the best way to prepare yourself to handle another week of freelancing.

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Take Time for Yourself to Achieve Your Goals

Here’s another great article from The National Freelancers Union. Too much work without break time built in can actually hinder your productivity. This article explains why.

Speaking of break time, don’t forget Arlington Entrepreneurs’ upcoming Coffee at Kickstand will give you the break you need to get back into the saddle and working productively!

Here’s the beginning of the article:

Practical Tips for Taking TIme for Yourself to Help You Achieve Your Goals

by Freelance Union Member Irene Barnard

Carving out “me time” can help give you the energy and focus you need.

Self-care and taking time to rest, stay healthy, and accomplish other goals besides work—we’re all familiar with these principles. Articles and blog posts often emphasize their importance.

Ironically, however, they can seem harder to achieve as a freelancer than a full-time employee! My schedule as a freelance writer and editor is supposed to be flexible and under my control. Yet for a long time, I couldn’t seem to get past the unhealthy habit of forsaking all else in my life and hunkering down to finish a job—then accepting yet another one.

There’s always the excuse of the inherent insecurity of freelance life: worry over losing a client or not bringing in enough money.

But what else was stopping me from finishing the novel I’ve been writing for years, in the hours when I wasn’t working? Perhaps you can recognize some of your own habits below; these obstacles can halt any pursuit, creative or otherwise:

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