Hi friends! I'm just dropping in to give a quick update on what I've been up to this week. I'm doing well staying busy, sewing lots and working hard on the finishing touches of my soon-to-be released sewing pattern. I wanted to release it weeks ago but some things just take so much longer than one anticipates. I've been sewing lots of samples (see above!) and tweaking the instructions to make sure they are as easy and clear as possible. This weekend I'll be working on editing photos from a shoot I did last week. Progress is happening even though it's slower than I had planned.
As you may know, almost a year ago I left a regular job to work as a freelance graphic designer. As a freelancer, my schedule can be really unpredictable. I'll be home for a week or two with just a few hours of design work and then all of a sudden I'm booked to work in an office all day for a few weeks. I've been really lucky to have enough work to allow me to pay the bills without worry plus go on vacations whenever I want. However, when I get an opportunity to work I need to jump on it, even if it means changing a lot of plans.
The most surprising thing that I've discovered in my year of freelance is how hard it is to stay motivated when I seemingly have all day to take care of things. Without deadlines or time constrictions, I've found myself wandering the aisles of Target just browsing. When I'm going to an office everyday, the last thing I want to do is browse. I hit the stores, grab what I need and get out as quickly as possible. With limited time, I can actually buckle down and get stuff done more efficiently than when I have all the time in the world.
I'm curious how do you deal with time management? Is your experience similar to mine?
P.S. A couple of other things I worked on this month. I was interviewed twice by Kollabora, first about New Year's resolutions and second about using Squarespace. So go check out the interviews and what other super cool people had to say (not just me! :) and if you haven't browsed Kollabora yet it's high time you did!