10 Things I Can’t Live Without As A Freelancer
When you work from home or remotely, a little comfort and delight go a long way. I’ve rounded up 10 things I can’t live without as a freelancer. The great thing is a lot of these items can be used whether you’re working or just relaxing with a good book.
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These soft cable-knit reading socks are perfect for keeping my feet warm. They’re great when reading and working, or for puttering around the house! When I have a book to proofread or an article to write, I love to put these on and relax with my laptop on my lap.
I’m addicted to my Productivity Planner. When there are so many things to do for work and home life, this book keeps me sane and focused. It makes you list your goals by order of importance, and uses the Pomodoro Technique, which breaks down tasks into 25-minute increments. There’s even a money-back guarantee that this planner will improve your productivity!
Since a lot of my days are spent looking at a laptop screen, I use my laptop stand every day. It helps to eliminate the kink you get in your neck by elevating your laptop screen to eye level. This is really great for those days when you have a lot of desk time, and don’t want to end the day in pain and discomfort.
I love big calendars that give you room to write down all of your ideas, notes, and activities. They’re like command central for my freelance proofreading business, and this chic rose-gold calendar adds much-needed style to any wall.
Who doesn’t need another big coffee mug with a cool motivational saying? I know I do! And when I’m waking up a couple hours early so I can squeeze in uninterrupted work time, I definitely need something that speaks to me.
Every freelance proofreader needs a good quality backpack that protects your laptop on those days when you need out of the house. I take mine everywhere: the park, a coffee shop, library, or a co-working space. This bag fits my snacks, notebook, books, and water bottle.
Who says you have to sit at a desk all day? This stylish natural Bamboo Lapdesk is great for those days I just want to work on the couch or in bed. The underside has a comfortable pillow that conforms to your lap, and the smooth surface provides proper ventilation for your laptop.
I’m a coffee addict, and my favourite way to make coffee is with the French Press. You just can’t beat that rich, deep flavour you get. This French Press is also great for steeping a large batch of loose leaf tea, and it works well as a milk frother if you’re in the mood for a cappuccino or latte. Check out this video on how to froth your milk!
Noise-cancelling headphones are great for helping me shut out distracting noises and allowing me to focus on work. These in-ear headphones are a longtime fave of freelancers, and these are great when you’re working in a public space like a coffee shop. If you prefer over-the-ear headphones, this pair from Audio-Technica gets rave reviews, as well.
I believe a healthy mindset and intention setting is important, especially for freelancers who tend to be more isolated. I love this Five-Minute Journal so much because it allows you to set goals and also to reflect on your day. For a few minutes every morning you can set your day in the right direction by writing down what you’re grateful for, what you’d like to achieve, and your daily affirmation. Then at night, you sit down for a few minutes to reflect on your day. A wonderful gift to give yourself for the new year.