And never a truer word was spoken. I have just recently headed back to full time work and let me tell you the transition hasn’t been an easy one. There are deadlines, meetings, feedback sessions, and office politics to contend with as well as having to get your butt out of bed at 6.30am and crawl back in the door at 7.30pm.
There is zero time to train at the gym, to eat healthy or to get my washing done. As you can see from that terrible list I haven’t had a chance to get my routine working for me yet which at the moment is a huge sticking point because my fun free attitude is lost somewhere in the copy room at work. I promise I’m not whinging and with that rant out of the way I can tell you, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I actually love my job.
I have a steady income, I work with a bunch of legends, I am learning so much and I can now start to save for an investment property which was just a faraway dream when I was freelancing. You see the perks of freelancing are great, you have plenty of time to do things other than work, you run your own race and you are accountable to yourself and your clients and that’s about it. But chasing invoices, working for days alone without anyone to talk to and not getting positive feedback as it isn’t expected from clients can be taxing.
I am so, so happy that I freelanced and started my own business, I learned valuable lessons that I would never have had the chance to come across in the regular 9 – 5 gig and I enjoyed the freedom and loved what I did (well what I do, I’m actually still running my side gig AND working fulltime).
So at this stage there isn’t a huge amount of time for extra activities, Mondays through to Wednesdays I write, and my weekends are for scheduling posts for my social media clients, so at the moment I am working more hours than I have ever had but mentally and emotionally I am fulfilled.
As it turns out the answer for me was working more, not less and in doing so I have found the sweet spot in my work life. Yes, the balance of work and pleasure is a little off at the moment but I will get that back soon enough.
Finding what you love then making that your career should be your motivation, if it isn’t feasible just to work full time doing what you love then do what I am doing and make it your side gig. Have a goal to build that business up enough that you can then make it your full time gig, but remember to walk before you fly, you must know your business through and through have a steady income stream and ensure your business is set up in line with Australian law.
Maybe working for yourself isn’t your thing and if you can find a career you love with your dream company, then do that. Work hard, finish your degree, take on extra tasks to get you to your goal and when times get tough and you are tired and overworked just remember why you started and what the end goal is.
If you are still questioning what you want to do with your career and work life, then there is no time like the present for you to take part in the new Skillsroad Career Quiz
which will put you in the driver’s seat of your destiny. OK, that might be a little farfetched but it will give you a much better understanding of what you’re naturally good at and what your best attributes are for the working world.
Do what you love and love what you do, it really is that simple to have a fulfilled and happy career that you thrive in.
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