Dear Freelancer: It’s OK to Take a Day Off (And 6 Ways It Will Improve Your Career)

Angela Tague
5 min readAug 19, 2020
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I’m about to utter six precious words that many freelancers rarely get the opportunity to voice.

I took a three-day weekend.

Sure, I take days off, but when you’re self-employed you’re always thinking about the next pitch, project, headline or email that needs to fly off your keyboard. It’s all part of the gig.

But, it’s draining.

As a freelancer, I can attest to how easy it is to work a half-day on Saturday or sneak in a few extra hours at my desk after a full workday. You don’t realize you haven’t had a full day off until you get intentional about fully disconnecting.

Skipping days off work is bad for your health

When was the last time you took a full 24-hours away from your work email, social media accounts and writing software? Yeah. It’s probably been awhile, right?

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation explains the combo of working long days and skipping vacations is what’s fueling our stress levels, and in turn affects our physical and mental health. Specifically, stress can lead to:

  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • strokes



Angela Tague

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