Today was the worst day but it was the best day. Today was a day I needed. Freelancers can find themselves in the habitual irony of being trapped at home. You go from sitting at a desk inside a stuffy office, to sitting at a desk inside your stuffy house. Not that I’d ever go back to the office grind.
Today though, being the worst-best day of the week, it was different. I’ve been telling myself to escape the four walls more often, but time and again, I wake up have my coffee and dive into work.
So today I woke up, broke my glasses and found myself unable to begin my work day without a trip to Costco to get the glasses dropped into new frames. There was a bit of panic seeping into my work-addicted brain.
First, I had to find a ride. I scrambled to get ready. I only take my work with me on occasion. The planning is real y’all. In record time, I packed up and left for Costco. Once my glasses were repaired (thank goodness for these guys!) I drove my ride home and headed for Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Redlands, CA.
I found myself surrounded by fellow tech-consumed patrons sipping their hot bevs in a publicly-disconnected sort of way. College students briefly bopped around with fellow students and then slipped away into the virtual world. Older patrons equally buried in their Kindles, iPads, Laptops, and even trusty ol’ newspapers.
Believe it or not, being surrounded by a crowd of people who quietly strolled the worldwide web while sipping and nibbling on delectable goodies is a great reprieve from the home office.
I realized it’s OK to have a bad day, it’s not the end of the world. It’s OK to have disruptions. I needed this worst-best kind of day. If you are venturing into freelancing, take note. Don’t wait until you have the worst-best day to take a breather. Make plans to break away from that stuffy office. You can thank me for it later. 🙂