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Home offIce rules

Many of us fantasise about a freelance life with no boss, no commute and the freedom to manage our own time. But, as Ali Roff discovers, there are lessons to be learned along the way


Cosily snuggled up at home with a scented candle burning, my cat, Duchess, by my side; practising yoga in what used to be travelling time; meditation breaks when I feel my creativity slip; running errands over lunch, so my evenings are free… I would be in charge of my own time as my own boss – maybe I’d even see more of the world with a working holiday here and there…

This was my freelance dream. As you may have guessed, some aspects never came to fruition, and less attractive guests, such as perfectionism and guilt, settled in their place. But, several months in, I was determined to make my working life look the way I wanted it to – it belonged to no one but me, after all. So, I decided to ask for an intervention by Tania Diggory, author of This Is Calmer (United Grooves, £9.99), to see if I could nudge my reality a little closer to my dream.

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