I hear a lot of people saying to me that they struggle with time management and they put stuff off until last minute, but that’s not me. It used to be. I used to be someone who didn’t do their homework till the last minute and someone who would leave cups and plates all over my room till they grew mold. It WAS me. But something changed that made me this obsessed organised person. And I think it was anxiety.
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Once I started having anxiety attacks and worrying a lot, I started to get things done in a rush so I could enjoy myself. Whether it was doing my homework as soon as I got home or cleaning up plates straight after I used them. Now, I’m the sort of person who will clean up immediately after eating my last bite (which can annoy my boyfriend to no end when I nag him). I bet you’re wondering what this has to do with managing my time.
Well, even though anxiety is an awful mental illness and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, it has made me very organised. I worry so much that I haven’t done something and once I start to think about it, I can’t stop until I’ve done that task or chore. So even though this isn’t the best perk of anxiety, it does help me get things done so I can enjoy myself afterwards.
I think another reason I can manage my time so well as a freelancer is because I have always been independent. I got myself through my GCSEs without anyone, no family, no teachers. I managed to get everything done because I was determined to get those GCSEs. I think when you are passionate about something, you tend to want to get it over with and say “well, I did that!”
I was always passionate about English so I did really well, whereas with science I did awful, I got a D. I wasn’t invested in it and that’s why it makes a difference.
Now I know not everyone is passionate about their job or school work but I’m so happy to be freelance because once I get up in the morning and do everything I need to do for work, I can relax and think about myself. I don’t have to sit in an office biting my nails waiting for the clock to go five. And that’s why I get things done. So I can have a life. So that I don’t just work all my life.
So if you’re thinking to yourself, I really can’t be bothered to write that essay, or I can’t be bothered to go out today, just think how happy and relieved you’ll be once you’ve done it. That should be enough to make you want to do it.
I hope this helps anyone wanting to pursue freelance careers. I have to say, if you can’t manage your own time though, freelance isn’t for you. You have to care about what you do and go after what you want.