It’s now just over a two weeks since my last day at my old job. So what have I been up to? In terms of percentages, 60% working and 40% spent on Cody. Most of that 40% is hoovering up all the hair she’s shedding all the time!
Everything and nothing
A combination of a lot and not a lot. Well, I think it’s more, I wish I’d gotten more done. It took me about a week to get used to having Cody around all the time. She is the family pup, but she lives with my folks in Portugal and I’ve never looked after her on my own. So there was a bit of a learning curve for me. Then there was a bit of getting used to for Cody to do as well. It’s been good though. I’ve enjoyed having her around. Though, the 6am starts were getting tricky!
The good thing about those early starts was that it forced me to still keep to some sort of routine. Which basically entailed me walking Cody, eating breakfast, getting ready and then sitting down and getting on my laptop until lunch time. Or when Cody had her own needs for me to attend to.
To do and not to do
One of the first things I did, in fact it was the Monday after I finished with my old job, was make a list. Make a list of all the little things I want to get done and the big things I need to get done. As much as I love Evernote and my Any.DO app on my phone, nothing beats a physical handwritten list where you can actually tick and cross things off of. Very satisfying!
Getting back into Photoshop
Majority of my time spent on my laptop was spent doing some design work. Oh, I’ve missed designing! Not just the creative side of it. But the problem solving. It sounds corny as hell, and something you’d say in an interview, but it’s the truth!
Out of these little things I’ve done so far, the Twitter page design is live and the others are work in progresses. Well, aside from that one Rachel Couture layout – that first one was a version one. I’ve kept it just so that I can remember where I started it with.
Mr. Sunshine, you’re welcome to stay
It’s probably a strange thing to say, but the weather has really motivated me. What with it being light in the mornings. Cool, but not cold. Bright and sunny and warm throughout the day. Yes, it’d be great to be outside doing nothing and enjoying that. But just seeing it through my study window was enough. I’d tell myself, in a couple of hours I’ll play ball with Cody for a spell as a reward! Worked! She’s a great motivator.
Hiccups are always unplanned
Of course, my plans went all sorts of tits up when my laptop died. I am eternally grateful that my past self decided to keep my old laptop, rather than selling it. I’ve had my fair share of annoyances with it. Mostly down to the irritatingly stupid Windows Vista. Shockingly, it doesn’t totally die with the trial version of Photoshop CS6 I installed on it. Phew! Had I not had that, I would have been lost! Grateful I have a brother who can help me out on this front too.
The old 9 to 5
I had planned to start looking at the job boards and contract roles out there, but there was a big part of me that was just craving a bit of a break. A break to re-group. And I think I have done. Though saying that, looks like I’ll be heading back to Acton this week to one of my old employers for a couple of months. I may also have some other freelance stuff on the go too.
Things are falling into place on that side. Though, I still have a lot I need to sort out. Company stationary. Company website. Business account. Register my company for VAT. All the grown up stuff I’m not sure I’m ready for!
The most important bit
I’ve finally managed to catch up to Sky Atlantic’s pace of The Sopranos I’ve been watching about 3 episodes a day and now I’m struggling not having my daily dose of Italian mafia genius. I’m onto the final season. Looking forward to where it goes.
And listen… I’ve not just been watching TV! Just been able to fit it around everything else! Working from home has some perks.
Never not busy
Writing this all here, it really doesn’t feel like I’ve done that much. It doesn’t sound like I’ve had a packed couple of weeks. Though, I know, I’ve not been bored once. That’s what a lot of people were telling me. I’d get bored. Maybe in some more time. But not hit that boredom yet. Too much to do!
It might be the weather…
… but I’m very happy with the choice I made. Sure things are a little more uncertain than they were when I was a permie. But I’m not worried. I can see a future and, fingers crossed, it’s going to be a worthwhile one.