Court reporters often complain about being TOO BUSY. In fact, I think many of us wouldn't know what to do with down time if we had much of it.
When your calendar falls apart (freelance OR official), try to look at it as a gift. What's really awesome is if you're caught up with your transcript pages and filing. Then it is REALLY a gift. How often do we have a day that is solely our own? As in, you don't have to be anywhere or do anything. It's rare. Treasure it.
There are so many things we just don't seem to find the time for anymore. Like a walk in the park. Or a movie. Or a nap. Our souls cry out for just these things - time to just stop for a moment and BE.
If you get one of those rare gifts of down time, remember to look at it in a positive light. There will always be more work to do - in our profession, especially in times of recession and bad economies, we actually have more work than less - so do something just for yourself. You'll emerge from your free time more energized and also more relaxed (I know that sounds funny), not to mention more mentally ready for your next assignment.
Honor your down time!