Part of Freelance Friday’s theme is TV freelancing, ok I am not working in TV at the moment and it’s not Friday but I thought what the heck! A few ideas for you as a number of my freelance friends are frustrated at the lack of work and lack of purpose. Why are you managing to stay positive? They ask and actually I am not positive all the time, this lockdown is hard.
Today I woke up and thought that I don’t have any paid work yet but I do have projects I am working on but they may or may not bring cash to pay the mortgage. I am sick of chasing a well known broadcaster for expenses and if I knew where to escalate this to I would. I have a feeling eventually I will get the money, but for now I just have to leave it to people who have a regular salary and don’t understand the pressure the rest of us are under. Clients are not paying invoices I think using this as an opportunity not to pay.
If this time in the world right now is ours, then we need to be of use. So I am helping organise a charity film and I have been helping my vulnerable neighbours do their shopping they are in the over 70s category and currently I am following UK government guidelines and checking in to check they are ok. I knock on the door then stand well back in the street. Any shopping I have brought to them I have insisted that they wipe down and then wash hands and to be precise about doing this. We have a chat and that has been great for me as much as for them.
With the NHS film I finally feel of use , I am just gathering shots and putting the right people in contact, but it feels good to be of use.
So the question is what is your skill set ? If you are not well then no you can’t go out and can’t help people but if you are in what can you do from home? There is absolutely no pressure to do anything but keep your home life together but what else could you do to give structure to your day?
What is remarkable is what is happening locally to you.
We have a group of local crafters in the next town who are raising money for scrubs as PPE and clothing is in short supply as a lot is made in china and now there is also a global demand. The group is on Facebook perhaps if you have as sewing machine and you are handy like that they you could search For the Love of Scrubs and find a group near you. I donated money and some fabric yesterday, my craft skills are not up to scratch.
If you have a 3D printer there are groups and open source instructions and there’s a group in Wales where 4000 people are creating 20 each that is 8000 visors by the end of this week!
Have you thought about volunteering at your local foodbank?
Also other worldwide facebook groups are your local Covid-19 Mutual Aid group. For example search Manchester Covid-19 Mutual Aid and you will see a massive community of people. There has never been a stronger sense of community and kindness, so if you fall ill you can all on this group or offer your help to others.
If like me you can only support one or two people extra and be on an Facebook group to helit will mean we will get through this time.
To give yourself sense of purpose is the most important thing, if you are working from home and haven’t yet got into a routine and are finding it difficult the next blog post will help you. I have worked from home for over 10 years on and off and may have to adapt to working full-time in an office again.
Top tips – these were shared with me by a counsellor friend.
- Don’t listen to the radio repeating the news
- Only listen to the News once a day, this will keep you informed. I have chosen a mid afternoon
- Get outside even if it is just for 10 minutes
- Don’t sit on social media reading all the news articles
- Create some kind of routine for yourself and agree with others what that will look like.
- Tidy your space, create some order
- Take time out from one another – be that in another room if you have one, if not both listen to music with headphones on low and sit separately.
- Plan meals and TV watching
- Read books
- Look for a cheap hobby anything from painting to origami, knitting and crochet
- There is no pressure to achieve anything just staying upright is enough for now and you will feel motivated soon.
- Talk to friends and family and keep talking.
- If you are working it is ok to acknowledge that you might not actually be able to focus on many tasks.
Stay safe and well