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July 2016 Income Report

$ 415.00 July 2016 Income

July has been one whirlwind of a month.  

I flew to Budapest, Hungary on June 29th and returned to the states on July 29th.  I spent the month working from cafes and from my brother's startup office.  Most of my days were spent working (an average of 10 hours).  I watched very little TV. I read a little, but not a lot.  I exercised, on occasion. I traveled a bit.  But mostly I just worked. 

​Here are my "lessons learned" for July:

​Balance is everything.

My livelihood depends on how much I'm working - so I've never felt more inclined in my life to literally spend every moment of the day working.  As much as I wanted to work every second of every day, I couldn't.  Burnout is real and it was staring me straight in the face.  Everything in moderation, as they say, and work is certainly no exception.  I'm devoting one day per week minimum for some good old R&R.

I need to figure out how to squeeze 80 hours of work into 40 hours.

Time is money.  I have ridiculous amounts of work and if I don't learn how to work quicker, I won't have any time for "me".  Literally, there won't be time for the basics, like friends, family, food, exercise...

Yes, yes, I know... everything is possible with time management. But I don't have an issue with time management or procrastination.  I'm working all the time.  It just needs to be quicker and more efficiently.  

I'm getting better everyday.

I was worried for a brief moment (or two) that I was taking on an impossible challenge.  It still seems kind of impossible, but I know that I'm getting better. I started the month spending almost two hours writing 1000 word technical articles.  I now can write the same (or better) quality article in under an hour. I'm learning a lot and I can see my progress everyday.  It's incredibly validating.

This wasn't a mistake.

​The most important lesson learned from July was that I know I made the right decision. If I hadn't decided against law school and taken this great leap into the unknown abyss, I'd be starting law school in less than 2 weeks. The mere thought of that reality still scares me more than tomorrow as a freelancer ever will.  I don't press snooze on my alarms nearly as much and I'm generally more excited about my days. Life is "better" now, and I can't really explain why or how... it just is.  I'm incredibly grateful, but I'm even more excited.  I increased my monthly earnings online by over 500%.  Who knows what next month will bring.  Time to find out.

Learn how I got started freelancing online with no experience, click here.  

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Eden Fried
 

Freelance writer, blogger, WordPress web designer.