The daily grind.
I get a handful of emails a week from budding designers or freelance newbies asking for advice, and the same question always seems to pop up:
'How do you stay consistent with your routine?'
I think it takes a certain type of personality and discipline to work for yourself, or from home, or on the side after hours late at night in a coffee shop (ie: nuts). There's no right answer, but I can tell you what has and hasn't worked for me over the years.
I'd like to preface that my schedule is a continual work in progress, I still have days where I'm up to my eyeballs in work and look forward to long weekends just to catch up, but I think I have mastered a routine that keeps me sane, my clients happy and my workload manageable.