More Than Chocolate Cake & Dog Walks

Since I started working remotely as a freelance writer, I have been experimenting with different daily routines for this writing-triathlon-traveling lifestyle.

How can days with only “take the dog out” appointments support this new career, my triathlon training, and travel planning? 

Initially, I started my work days with three hours of personal and freelance writing. I stopped around 11:30 for a training session: running, swimming, or yoga (no bike yet). I ate lunch and then resumed freelance projects, researched potential gigs, engaged in the online world, and did one of the million things involved with launching this service. The late afternoon included a walking coffee break with my co-worker (aka my step dog) followed by dinner and remaining work before going to bed.

That schedule worked OK until last week when I was contracted to complete a project for a client in North Carolina. Through the mornings and early afternoons, I researched topics, wrote copy, sent drafts, and made revisions to meet the daily deadlines. I continued to work in the evening, so my client would find the next draft in Dropbox first thing in his EST morning.

While I am grateful for project and would accept it again, a real discomfort gnawed inside about my not devoting time to anything other than work.

My daily default routine was efficient, not invigorating.

Without the discipline to set and fulfill training time slots , the results of last week were not pretty: I was cranky. My shoulders grew closer together. I was not eager. My mind focused on anything in front of me. I ate chocolate cake. My training suffered, my writing suffered.

So this week, I am trying a different routine: Start the day with a planned training or yoga session, devote time and energy to building this freelance service, and then include another training session later in the day. Those blocks of activity are scheduled on my Google calendar each night.

Maybe this schedule will offer a satisfying mix of writing/triathlon/travel work. If not, I’ll change.

A healthy personal life benefits the professional life. Yet, I am surprised at how I need to regularly remind myself that my day, at this point, can be set up for my personal and professional success. It’s very different from when I was limited to evening hours for training.

If you are triathlon-training freelancer who can control your daily schedule, how do you meet your freelance and training demands?

2 thoughts on “More Than Chocolate Cake & Dog Walks

  1. No triathlons for me, thanks. But I was inspired by your ideas and am on my way to find balance in my work/personal life. I wholeheartedly agree that no devoting energy to personal goals makes me cranky, and then there’s no passion left in my writing. Great post.


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