Are You Thirsty?

Medical doctors recommend that we drink roughly one ounce of water for every two pounds of body weight. So, a 120 lb. woman needs to drink 60 oz. of water each day. That's a lot. Peeing will become your new hobby. Doctors also tell us that if we feel thirsty, it's too late. The feeling of thirst isn't a sign that we will be needing water soon. It's a sign that we are already too low on water to stay healthy. If you feel thirsty, you're behind the curve.

Freelance work has feast months where there's more than enough work. It also has famine months where there's just not enough to get by. That's the way of things. But there's a trick to hacking that pattern: don't wait until you're thirsty.

When things are going crazy and work is pouring into your lap, it's easy to relax and focus on the work at hand. We can feel the urge to stop looking for new work because our plates are already overflowing. But keeping up that process of constantly lining up new jobs, even in the midst of a rush, is how you reduce the power of the famine months.

If you're thirsty for work, it's already too late. Keep cranking the gears in the good months to propel you through (and past) the bad months. That way you'll never get thirsty again.