As you might have understood, I am working hard to meet a deadline this weekend. Not really having time to anything else than to gather information, writing and consuming caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.
What will mostly suffer for that, other than my health, is Dokter’s Weekly Report. It will not happen. Delaying it for next Sunday instead, when I will be busy with finishing two write-ups — while wearing my journalist hat.
While I am partaking in the turbulent, yet wondrous, world of academia, my best choice for now, when it comes to journalism, is being a freelancer.
As a freelance journalist you, in my situation at least, work from home. Meaning that you have a very flexible schedule. That also means that if some breaking news would happen right now, I would have to hit save and run out the door within seconds.
It also means that if you have a day like I’m having today, feeling a bit under the weather, you have greater freedom to take a personal day – or just a few personal hours.
And sometimes because of the freedom as a freelancer, if you love journalism as much as I do, you might end up working at night, not going to bed until 2 am in the morning.
Which often explains why when you have planned to finish a few write-ups, that doesn’t have a set deadline, you have to call it quits and take that day off to stay healthy.