Hazards of freelancing

By Katharine Swan On Thursday, February 05, 2009 At 10:08 AM

This week has been a reminder of one of the biggest hazards of freelancing, at least for me: cabin fever.

We're having some unseasonably warm weather in Denver. It has been in the 50s and 60s all week, with a high of 70 degrees predicted for today. Unfortunately, work has kept me cooped up inside a lot of the week.

You'd think that freelancing would make you more able to enjoy stints of nice weather, but in actuality it all depends on what your work schedule is like at the time. If you have a lot of fairly flexible work scheduled, then sure, rearrange your schedule and get out of the house for a little while. But if you have deadlines — well then, you're just plumb out of luck.

The latter has been my situation this week. Working late and sleeping late kept me from enjoying any sort of mornings, and therefore I had less time to work during the day before Michael was due home. As a result I spent both Monday and Tuesday completely indoors. In fact, I didn't even realize the weather was nice until it was too late to do anything about it. What a waste!

I felt cabin fever coming on, so on Wednesday I made sure to get out. It helped that I already had a farrier appointment scheduled, so I got out to the barn in the morning to visit my horse. (No horseback ride, though — my farrier killed the opportunity by talking my ear off.) Then in the afternoon, I worked on the porch in the glorious sun for a little bit.

What do you do to keep yourself from getting cabin fever from working at home too much?

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Anonymous Michele Says:  

I think I'm coming to the conclusion that there is no real solution to this problem, Katharine. I mean, really... I have cabin fever right now too and I think it's pretty common. What to do...

 

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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