Today was a productive day working on paid writing. I wrote five posts today and two were already picked up. I need to make a little bit of money for bills and other obligations, and today was a decent enough day for putting in the time. However, the drawback is that I dedicated more of my mental resources to those 3000 words on various subjects than I had hoped to do. I guess I got on a roll, because once I was done, I was done for the day. Not bad for five hours of work. Plus Penny and I went to the park and played fetch. I cooked lunch and dinner, and took a nap. And also watched a little bit of Britain’s Most Beautiful Villages.
Tonight I’m still feeling a little unsatisfied about getting the real work done, but I’ve hit my limit and wouldn’t be doing the book any justice in editing. I’m feeling a little bit fried. I suppose I can read up a little and do some research on maybe starting a YouTube channel or pitching to clients for travel writing. The latter is a little easier said than done. The resource I’ve been reading makes it sound incredibly simple, when it really isn’t.
Yesterday I took pictures of the moose that has been hanging out in town for the last few days. It’s good to see them back, since it means Spring is here. Something was missing though…
I guess today was also a good day for building up my momentum to write for pay and feeling a little bit more confident about that. The work was there today, so I had to do it. Sometimes it is feast or famine. I got lucky, which is something that is a big part of this life. You have to take opportunties, and sometimes when you’d rather just not, you have to push through. Like I’ve said before, my schedule is no longer like it used to be. Weekends are pretty much meaningless. I work when there is work to be had. Some days I do work I would rather be doing (like writing or editing) and other days I do the work that will keep me from starving or allows me to meet other obligations.
It’s also important to take time to rest or better yet, take time to play. This year has been very lean on opportunties to play, but I’m hoping to change that. I’m also hoping to deal with a massive amount of ADHD that has manifested itself. I found myself watching a show on Amazon Prime today which had commercials and then scrolling through TikTok and social media as I was watching. Hell, sometimes the TikToks were too long.
I might have to go on another social media detox soon while I calibrate my workday for better productivity. When you work for yourself, you don’t always get time off. You might miss a chance at a good payday if you make choices to do something else for the day too. And there are those days when you have to dynamite yourself out of bed because things are overwhelming. With a 8-5 job, you can fake it and still get paid. That isn’t so for being self-employed.
Music is always a good way to keep focused, and lately I’ve been listening to Tori Amos, who I haven’t listened to for years. Her first two albums were the best, along with singles, B-sides, and other “strange little girls,” as she used to call them.
I’m glad summer is on the way. Hopefully (with the exception of one or two more) we are done with snow up in this part of the country. I’m looking forward to more adventures, but for now, I have to recover my bank balances and get back into the black. Spring was rough this year for assignments.