One of the reasons I enjoy freelancing is the freedom it gives me to be in charge of my own schedule and stick to MY timetable. So, if I want to start work at 11am and work into the evening, I can. And if I want to start work really early and take most of the afternoon off, I can do that too.
But just how in control of our schedule are we, in practise?
Take this example. I had a busy week ahead but I had it nicely planned out:
Mon: Edit/proofread an annual report document
Tues: Attend a new business meeting plus an editorial meeting for an e-newsletter
Wed: Briefing meeting for a new website in the morning plus do some marketing activities in the afternoon
Thurs: Research and write e-newsletter articles, following Wed’s meeting
Fri: Complete e-newsletter
However, the document wasn’t ready for me to proof on Monday morning. I received it on Tuesday lunchtime but wasn’t able to start on it until Wednesday afternoon (when I was supposed to be working on my own marketing stuff).
Although the client had delivered it a day and a half late, I still had to turn it around quickly which meant working late on Wednesday evening and finishing it off on Thurday. That ate into my two days of newsletter writing time which meant I had to finish the newsletter on Saturday morning, as there was a deadline of first thing Monday morning.
So, no matter how we try to organise our week, our schedule seldom goes according to plan – through no fault of our own.
How do YOU keep in control of your working week?