After that record month of July (WOOT!), I have taken a tiny step back to evaluate my self-employment priorities. Even though my day job is in the rearview mirror, I have spent the first three weeks on my own working even longer hours than before. For example, it is 12:45am as I am writing this and I have been working since 8:45am. I took a 25 minute lunch break and a 45 minute dinner break. This is probably not a good long-term plan.
Given that I rather not trade a mediocre job and 70 hour work weeks for a great job but 90 hour work weeks, I sat down with my husband to prioritize:
- We agree that lots of money is good, but as long as I make $3600 or more a month, we are golden.
- Working crazy hours is fine when I feel like it, but I should strive to have way more flexibility.
- I like running advertising and writing blog posts.
- I don’t like putting in the time needed for social media.
- I don’t want more than 10 staff writing post jobs per week.
In order to live according to my priorities, I have decided:
- Let the money take care of itself – pay very little attention to it as long as its there.
- When we are with friends or family, put the email notifications on my phone to silent so I don’t feel the need to go to the bathroom to answer messages every hour (I’m not quite that bad – but I am pretty antsy).
- Spend the largest part of my day dealing with advertising and writing.
- Hire someone to handle my social media and create a Budgeting in the Fun Stuff subscriber list and newletter (thank you Jesse Michelsen from Splyce Ventures and PF Firewall!)
- I will not take on any more staff writing positions unless they are paying better than one I can replace.
I don’t know if this will have an immediate effect on my life or not, but just writing down my new plans makes me feel better.
Do you make sure to live your life based on your priorities? Need to take a look and rearrange anything right now?