I heard a pop and immediately felt the pain.
I thought for sure I’d broken my ankle, but it was just a severe sprain. An inconsequential play toward the end of a club rugby game kicked off a strange week where I just never got in the groove.
Hobbling around the house on a fat right foot all week, I just didn’t feel like doing anything. To make things a bit more interesting, the boys were off from school Monday and Tuesday, our daughter was sick Tuesday and Wednesday, and my mother-in-law flew in for a visit on Friday.
Needless to say, I didn’t get much accomplished.
Throughout it all, I realized the importance of sticking to a routine. On a normal day, I’d get the kids ready for school, freelance for a few hours, eat lunch, tie up loose ends, and hopefully get in a quick workout before the kids returned. I’d feel productive and satisfied with my day.
On the other hand, last week was all kinds of jacked up and I felt unproductive and lazy. Obviously taking care of kids and my own well-being is important, but with my normal routine out of whack, it just seemed like I wasn’t getting anything done.
As a full-time employee, your routine is pretty much set for you. Get up, go to work at a certain time, attend meetings, etc. As a freelancer or stay-at-home parent, this is no longer the case. Although I have a lot more freedom over my time, I’ve found that having some sort of structure to my day has been vital.
With my routine disrupted, I only completed two freelancing jobs and made progress on another. On most weeks, I’d knock one small job a day or several medium-sized jobs a week. Not to mention, I completely skipped my weekly post!
Part of the reason I missed my post, is that I just didn’t know what to write about.
When I was working, the topics seemed to come a bit easier because I was around people every day and oftentimes these daily interactions would lead to post ideas. I’d write bits and pieces of posts at work while waiting for a meeting to begin or as a way to pass time and appear busy (you know you do it, too!).
With most days now spent in a quiet house chugging along on the task of the day, my topic well had been running dry.
Then, the other day I was introduced by a client to Sean D’Souza, a marketing strategist and founder of PsychoTactics. After reading a sampling of his work, I began to think differently about my approach to this blog and other things I’m doing.
One thing he mentioned was to ask your readers straight up what type of content they’re interested in.
Up to this point, our posts have been all over the place. Some have discussed our personal finance philosophies, investments, passive income strategies, raising kids, current events in our lives, and more recently my first few steps into the world of freelancing. This site has become a journal of sorts.
But what do you all actually find interesting and useful?
I have a basic idea of what I want to write about moving forward, but I’m curious to learn what you all would like to read or what part of my story you find most interesting. Knowing this will help me build efforts related to this blog into my daily routine and focus the content a bit more.
So why do you visit this blog? What insights are you looking for when you spend a few minutes to read a post? What specific topics are you most interested in (related to the general topic of this site)?
Don’t be shy, I’d love to hear your feedback!