Working for yourself can be a tricky beast when it comes to the holidays and celebrations that non-freelancers enjoy and often take for granted. There is no team of surrounding employees to fill in on the work if you want a day off, or even need a weekend to relax away from the desk. I’m not complaining myself, for a couple of reasons– one being that I don’t work full-time. The second being that the lifestyle of working from home and for yourself is a luxury compared to the often brutal demands of company work. Sure the hours of freelance tend to be more unpredictable, but overall, the trade-off is pretty good considering there is no commute, no water-cooler politics, and no team of bosses ala the movie “Office Space” looming over you with endless memos and requests. Oh, and most importantly, working in your pjs rocks.
What doesn’t rock is that earlier point I made about not having anyone to pitch in when the time behind the desk creeps into wee hours and there’s no one there to offer relief. Neil, more often than not lately, works the hours of two men. There is only so much I can offer my assistance with as we work in different areas of expertise. Neil’s birthday fun in London has been planned for a week and now, the day after we were supposed to go, we still haven’t slipped away for the celebration. The weekend was worked through (even I had a night where I was at my desk until 2:30 AM) and yesterday’s workload continues into today without relent. We’re both tired and deflated this morning, and he is especially so.
July promises to be a very intense work month. With any luck, we’ll get some sleep and maybe a day off in there somewhere. Fortunately, the months ahead hold some promise for a more regular work/life balance– we just have to get through July alive first. It’s been far too long since that balance was in our lives.
With any luck, we’ll slip away for some fun this afternoon, but even as I type that my optimism is sneaking out the back door and taking the silverware with it.
No complaints, no regrets, but a break would be lovely. If you’re feeling generous, send some strength and extra hours for the day to my email address or as a comment. Thanks! 🙂