The warm weather is a call for many to get outdoors and move. For many creative freelancers though, it can be high-time for client work and ongoing deadlines.
The freedom and flexibility of the freelancer schedule can make taking advantage of the weather easier, but being a one-person creative operation can also make it tough to make time for movement. When there are invoices to send and new clients to land, fitness can easily find its way to the bottom of the to-do list.
If you find yourself logging long hours at a desk and are seeking more balance in your daily routine, consider these three simple ways to get outside and get active:
1. Schedule Lunch Break Walks
When you aren’t being paid for your lunch break, it is easy to chow down in front of your screen. Take control of your own schedule and schedule time for a walk each day during the warmer months. Rain or shine, block one hour in your calendar to get up and get outside. Forget the excuses and even leave the headphones behind – the element of discovery can spark new ideas and help you clear your head.
2. Sign Up for Team Sports
Social leagues throughout the city provide a fun way for the athletic and not-so-coordinated to get together and sweat. It doesn’t have to be a highly competitive league to do your body good! Plus, joining a team can help build your network and provide the regular social interaction that many freelancers miss working as a solopreneur.
3. Create Accountability
Commit to a friend, a run, or your budget to help motivate you. Putting down some money or signing up for a specific run or ride can be a powerful way to persuade yourself. Finding a partner helps too! If you have a lot of 9-5 friends and your workflow peaks in the evening, it may not be easy to find a gym buddy. Seek out fellow freelancers at community events to join forces and schedule mid-day activities.
How do you keep active while running your own business? How do you make movement part of your routine?