I appreciate the thoughtful comment, Travis. In regards to your question about my social life during this time, it’s a bit more complicated than you might expect.
Let me explain. On the one hand, I had complete flexibility in my schedule; I chose my own hours. Making my schedule was entirely up to me and I had sole authority. In contrast to my previous, more traditional jobs, this was a huge novelty. No longer would I have to request permission to take time off; I could simply do it!
Nobody monitoring my attendance. Nobody holding me accountable. Nobody would scold me if I didn’t show up to work. My accountability was upheld solely by my own willpower — and now you can see how that flexibility becomes detrimental.
Structure is often a good thing. We need structure. When I was left to manage my own schedule entirely, I became completely reliant on my own motivation.
Should my motivation wither, when enticed by other plans, for instance, I would be much more likely to give myself a day off. Whereas a boss would have the business' best interests in mind, I often had my own best interests in mind. When it is your own business — freelance or otherwise — the line between your own interests and your business' interests often becomes blurred.
Likewise, I would often find myself overwhelmed at the obligation to work as many hours as possible, simply because I could use the money. At which point, a social life often disappears.
Thanks for reading, and good luck in your own endeavors!