The freedom freelance musicians have to make their own schedules can feel like a curse to those who struggle to manage their time when no one is telling them what to do.

—by Anne Sullivan

“It probably wasn’t so hard for you,” my student said. “You’ve always had to make your own schedule. But for me, when I retired, I found setting my own schedule, and being able to stick to it, surprisingly challenging.”

Her comment made me consider my own professional journey in a new light. From the day I graduated from college, I have been responsible for my own working hours. There’s no 9 to 5 Monday to Friday and weekends off for me, or for any other working musician.

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