As a freelancer myself, I'm curious how other people's work days are structured. If you're working as a freelancer:
- What does your daily schedule look like?
- What time do you start, and how many hours/day do you put in?
- Do you take consistent breaks?
- When do you find you are most productive?
I've been working from home on a contract that requires 40 hours/week, and after a while of working 9-5 I realized that usually I can't sit down and bang out 8 hours in one sitting — I need to take some short breaks throughout the day, which meant I would end up finishing work around 6 or 7, sometimes later depending on the day. I'm not much of a late-night person anyway, so now I wake up at 4:30 am, spend the first hour getting ready, making tea, and catching up on email, twitter, and DN, and get to work somewhere between 5:30 AM and 6:30/7:00 AM. This usually has me finished with work between 2 and 5 PM, which leaves time for my own projects, or to get out and enjoy the rest of the day.
I've really been much happier with the work day since I switched to this earlier schedule. I do work with a team that I communicate with throughout the day, but the time difference hasn't been a problem yet. I think I am most productive after the first hour of the work day, up until lunch.