You may remember that I wrote about quitting my day job to become a professional blogger and Internet consultant and I would like to take the opportunity to write about the first 15 days of December which have been my first two weeks without a "backup" job.
I have to say that things have changed in my daily work routine since I quit my day job. When I had the job I had to squeeze the blog posts in whenever I found the time which was normally early in the morning before I went to the job or late in the evening after coming home from the job.
This is a thing of the past and I have more time at hand and do not feel the pressure to rush a post because of having to catch a bus to make it in time to work. What I did not do - I'm considering it though - is to define a time period for blogging and use the rest of the time without thinking about the blog or working.
Treat it like a normal job. I have my reasons for not doing that. First, news don't care about my work schedule. I would miss some great stories and had to write them the next day when they were considered old by many. Second, being self employed means that I rely on my blog earnings. I have to check if everything is up and running from time to time, check and react to emails in time, look for advertising opportunities and do a dozen different things that can't be squeezed in an eight hour workday.
The real benefit that I see is that I do not feel that much stress anymore. That's the most important aspect for me. I know how Everton was struggling to post articles to his blog while he was terrible busy in his normal job.
To sum it up: My stress level has been reduced. I have more time to post and for other activities throughout the day. Most importantly there is not that stinging thought in the back of my head reminding me that I have to go to work after working on my blog for several hours.
Best of all, this is my dream job. I never thought that there would be the right job for me - except maybe game tester, hehe - but this one proved me wrong.
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