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Five ways to make your "famine" periods useful and pleasant

'Relaxing @ Chesapeake Bay...St Michaels' photo (c) 2009, Lola Audu - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
I know freelancers normally hate those times when they have little or no work. Especially if they are just beginning their career. But on the other hand, living constantly in a hectic rhythm isn't good for us. Moreover, those "famine" periods can even be useful for us and our businesses! Let me show you some things that I do when I am not overloaded with work. Maybe this list will give you an idea about things you can do! And if you have something to share, please do!
So,here's how I've learned to use my "famine" periods:

1.  I relax, take walks, read for pleasure, sleep longer, spend more time with my family etc. Basically, I think it's a chance to relax, so I do try to treat myself to different things that often stay neglected while I am super-busy. Then by the time another "feast" period starts I feel rested and strong enough to handle it. I often try to do something special for my family. It can be a special dish, or it may be an evening spent in the cinema, or something else. Just about anything that is not part of our daily routine.

2. It's an ideal time to work on my blogs and schedule posts so they get published later, when my "feast" time starts.

3. It's also a perfect time to work on my other projects. If you listened to my interview with Joy Mo you would hear her speak about income diversification. So if you have other projects to work on, the best time to do them is a "famine" period because then you can be fully concentrated on the project rather than the pressing deadlines.

4. I market my business. (I know I am not original, but hey, it works!) I work on my blogs to make sure that the search engines don't forget about me; I network a lot and look for new opportunities.

5. This is also the time when I learn a lot. I read other blogs and books, save some of them for future reference and do my best to learn something new that will help me to become a better freelance translator, networker and marketer.

How do you spend your "famine" periods? I am looking forward to your comments :)

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