Ahhh…the joys of fatherhood. Do you remember the day your children were born? Do you recall feelings of excitement, happiness and anxiety all rolled into one? I certainly do. I was a bundle of emotions the moment I first held my bundle of joy.
My son Zachary was born last year just one month after I decided to become a freelance writer. Talk about 2011 being a year of change!
Within a couple months, my life was turned upside down. I had decided to take a risk and start my own business—something I had never even considered just a few months prior—and soon after I became a new dad.
Much like starting a freelance business, I had no idea where to begin learning the skills of fatherhood. Luckily, my wife was—and remains—very supportive and understanding.
I remember asking myself “How can I give 100% to both my son and my writing business?” My priority was of course my son over my business, but as the months went by, I developed a routine that enabled me to devote enough time and energy to both.
For you freelance dads out there, apply these tips to help you manage your time wisely and achieve success in your role as a father and freelance writer.
◆ Set aside time each day to focus on your writing business. It may prove difficult to juggle domestic and professional duties but to experience success as a freelance writer you need to make that time sacred.
◆ Minimize distractions as much as possible. If you’re an early bird, you can get a lot of writing done before your child wakes up. If you’re a night owl, you can work late at night when everyone’s asleep. Either way, create a routine and stick to it.
◆ Kids usually take naps throughout the day so use that time to your advantage. Their naptime = your work time!
◆ Help your wife around the house. This will show her you care and will make both of you more productive.
◆ Get work done on-the-go—brainstorm for ideas, hand out business cards to people you meet, prospect for new opportunities. The more work you do outside the house, the more time you can spend with your children when you’re home.
◆ Now that you’re a dad, you have a new set of experiences to share with the world. Don’t let them go to waste! There are plenty of blogs written by freelancing dads to help inspire you. Join the community and post your experiences to benefit others.
◆ Writers have a tendency to forego exercise—it’s just the nature of the writing profession. Play with your kids and make it a part of your daily exercise routine. It’ll be good for you and for them.
◆ It’s all about balance. It might take longer to get your business off the ground now that you have other full-time responsibilities but be patient and persistent—it will pay off in the end.
◆ Now that you’re a dad, family is your priority. Spend time with your kids every chance you get. Investing time in them will yield great benefits.
You can be successful both as a father and freelance writer. The key is to manage your time wisely. I hope these timeless tips help you reach your goals and push you towards success in every aspect of your life.
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