Short and sweet today! The core of your work – the writing, the painting, the consulting – is not all of your work. It never will be, even if you work for someone else. It has taken me years of trying to answer emails on my lunch breaks and in the evenings, and trying to search for contract jobs in my free time, among other things, to learn this.
Don’t be like me. Allocate time to your emails, your research, your downtime, your family time. Schedule it. Put it on the to-do list and treat it seriously. It’s going to take up your time one way or another on the work end, and it may slide on the home end – which is not what you want at all.
Account for the administrative side of your work. You’ll be glad you did.