I think the thing that I feel the most embarrassedly-guilty about, in the life that L and I have constructed for ourselves, is that I get to take a nap every day.

It is the ultimate game-changer (to borrow a cliché).

It makes everything else in my life work.

Basically, I borrowed this idea from Alex Soojung-Kim Pang’s book Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, which is that you could divide your day up into two parts: the work half and the play half.

So I get up at 6 a.m., do a bunch of freelance work, have breakfast with L, give myself a 60-90 minute piano practice session, finish off my freelance work, eat lunch, and then take a half-hour nap.

That’s my first day.

The second day starts around 2:30 p.m. and lasts until about 11 p.m.. It includes walking, biking, reading, a second piano practice session if possible, and plenty of time spent with L.

It’s essentially a weekend day, EVERY DAY.

I’ve been doing this schedule in secret for a while, since there was this period of time in which I was changing my writing/eating/sleeping routine every few days to try to figure out what might work best, and I didn’t want to post about this latest iteration until I was sure it was going to stick.

It is VERY VERY VERY going to stick.

(You realize — I mean, you don’t realize, because I haven’t told you — that I can write a 1,500-word freelance assignment in one fluid swoop [to borrow yet another cliché] between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.. If I were writing the same article in the afternoon, it would take literally twice as long.)

I can already barely imagine any other way of life, in the sense that I will do everything in my power to maintain this particular way of life — and if you’re the kind of freelancer who can swing this kind of schedule, consider it highly recommended.



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