Had two calls this week relating to my work situation for 2017. Nothing official yet, but something very promising in the works, and hopefully I can announce that soon.
Edited a #client #content article and sent off the invoice, sent out four #customerdevelopment emails to get feedback about #changemap, and followed up with a one-off client to see if they have any more content work for me.
Back to work today after a lot of relaxing before/during/after my birthday! Not working too hard, though, because it’s SO HOT! Ugh.
Spent quite a bit of time putting together new pitches for #client #content work this afternoon. A couple of my clients have cut back my workload, so I’m in panic mode again about having enough work in the future. A stop gap job isn’t very good if it’s not stable while you work on your side project! Debating different options for improving that situation, but don’t want to take my focus off #HelloCode if I can help it.
Also published a planner review on my #blog that I’ve been meaning to finish for a while, and wrote up a long post about my analogue planner setup for next year. And did some final edits on another draft I had waiting, so I think I’ll hit my goal of publishing 4 posts on my blog this month!
I’ve been working a bit extra on #client #content work lately so I could have this week off without losing income. So far I’ve mainly just been relaxing, but sometimes you need a break to do nothing and recover for a bit. Hoping to get some good work done for #HelloCode later in the week, as well as some #birthday fun!
Worked on some #research #sketchnotes for a #client #content article today. They take up so much of my time that I’m working on figuring out a process that gives me the benefits of sketchnotes without taking so long.
Yesterday I finished up my #client #content work for the week. Really need to get onto client work earlier in future weeks so it doesn’t bleed into my weekend. I’m also adjusting my schedule to take on more client work in working weeks, but have one week off every month.
Also caught up with a friend on Friday who’s been travelling for more than a year. It was nice to catch up, but it made me realise how little progress I’ve made in the past year, which made me sad. I’d planned to be working full-time on #HelloCode by the end of this year but we’ve struggled to grow so much that end of next year is looking more likely. #laterlog
Ahh keep forgetting to log lately! Here’s what I’ve done over the past couple days:
- Sent an #exist for #ios update to the #appstore that includes #location tracking. Finally! I’ve been working on this for months, so I’m relieved to have it released. #milestone
- Sent an Exist for iOS update to beta testers that syncs more data from #healthkit
- Started drafting one of three #client #content articles due this week
- Did my personal #monthlyreview for October
- Sent out my weekly #newsletter
I’ve been refreshing the Google Store orders page all day, waiting for my new Pixel phone to ship! It’s finally shipped now, so I’m refreshing the parcel tracking page instead 😏
In other news, I did quite the catch-up today on #client #content work. I drafted two of my three articles due this week, and followed up all my client emails. Looks like with another productive day tomorrow I’ll have the weekend free for #exist for #ios work.
This week has been going much better in terms of my mood and motivation. I did lots of small tasks, emails, etc. on Monday morning and spent Monday afternoon doing #research #sketchnotes for a #client #content article.
Wrote and sent a #client #content article today. Also set up a short Google form to send to my clients to get some feedback on my work, so I can keep improving. Sent it out to two clients today and got one response already. This morning I started drafting a new, short writing project I’ve had in mind for a little while, and also started working on another project I thought of today. Both shouldn’t take too long, but I need to be disciplined enough to get them finished and released!
Yesterday I did an interview for a podcast, and otherwise spent most of the day reading and working on topic ideas to pitch for #client #content work. Feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment, as there’s plenty of client work to do, and work on #exist to be done, but I also really want to work on a bunch of ideas to increase my product income so I can rely less on freelancing. Too much to do! #laterlog
#uni day today. Watched this week’s lecture and read my textbook. Also did some research into magazines I could pitch for work. Learning very little overall, so pretty sure I won’t keep going with this degree when this unit is over. Considering switching to a psychology degree instead, as I think that would be applicable to my #writing work, but I need to think it over some more.
Also followed up some emails but I’m putting off pitching new #client #content work. Pitching is the bane of my existence these days. It’s like pulling teeth, and never gets any easier. I don’t know how other writers do it.
Forgot to log yesterday! Here’s what I did:
- Sent off 3 #client invoices for last week
- Finally edited a client #content article I’d been struggling with, and sent it off
- Pitched some new topics to a client (100% were accepted! yay!)
- Figured out (sort of) an #xcode issue I was having with provisioning profiles so I could send an update of #exist for #ios to my beta testers
- sent my weekly #newsletter
- did some reading for #uni
Well today was a bit of a mess. We’ve had our landlord in and out of the house all day trying to fix something, so it’s been hard to focus on any work since he’s always interrupting us. I did manage to draft my first #uni assignment, listen to this week’s lecture, and finish off one of my #client #content articles for the week.
After that I realised I was late to complete a mandatory #uni quiz and reading thing about academic integrity, so I did that.
Also put up some of my unused fountain pens and ink for sale, and went to the post office this afternoon to send off a couple that sold.
Aha! I may be finally getting my groove back. Today felt like my most productive for a while. Here’s what I did in the afternoon:
- Outlined and drafted a #client #content article due this week
- Emailed a couple of people who might be interested in my new #monthlyreview project
- Sent pitches to two clients
- Edited a client article from last week
- Responded to all my emails #inboxzero
- Followed up client feedback on another article from last week
- Made some final edits to a post for my #blog
Pitched my first personal essay to a publication today! They say I have to wait 1-2 months to hear back (!!) so I guess I’ll get onto writing another one. This does not seem like a reliable way to make a living, especially when compared with #content work, but it’s a lot more fulfilling. #writing