It was supposed to be the week that everyone went back to work and school. I don’t generally want to get rid of them, but I’m taking part in ReviMo 2014, a picture book revision challenge, this week. There were other things I need to get done first.
Those of you who live in the St. Louis area know what I’m going to say. On Saturday, January 4th, we got lots of snow. We got enough snow that on Monday, they closed Graybar Electric where my husband works. It was the first time that had happened in the 15 years he’s worked there. My husband was home Monday. My son was home all week.
Needless to say, this meant that I had to rearrange my schedule a bit, but it was do-able because I had very few deadlines.
Then on Wednesday, my Education.com editor contacted me. Would I be willing to do some Valentine’s Day activities? Of course, I said yes, which meant I had a pitch to write. This meant re-prioritizing yet again.
The point is that being a freelance writer means being flexible. Sometimes you have to be flexible because of your family — like when they are home for an extra week. Other times, you have to be flexible because you are a freelancer. Work doesn’t always come in on a predictable schedule so when it comes, you may need to re-arrange things to fit.
Either way, it means having to reevaluate your goals. Check out my post from yesterday on the Muffin to find out the four steps I used to meet my goals with everyone home.