It’s not uncommon for me to be on an airplane on a Tuesday afternoon, on a conference call on a Saturday morning, and answering email late into the evening on any given day. One of my favorite things about my mobile lifestyle is that I’m not chained to a time clock or some antiquated schedule that dictates that business gets done from 9 to 5 on five select days of the week. One of my least favorite things, however, is that I seem to have lost my designated time off in the process.
I take my cell phone with me everywhere, allowing me to respond to emails and take phone calls even if I’m not sitting at a desk. I don’t have set hours during which clients or editors can contact me, which I hope makes up for the fact that I might be unavailable for several hours in the middle of a work day. It would be hypocritical of me to tell someone I won’t work on a Saturday, I think, if I also haven’t worked on a Thursday. I strive to make myself available as much as possible in order to make up for the times I’m not available and for the unpredictable nature of my schedule.
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