5 Sure Ways To Stay Focused On Your Freelance Work
Are you having one of those days when every project you have is falling behind the set schedule and you don’t have enough energy to keep on going or at least focus on what you are doing at the moment? This lack of concentration or procrastination do happen to us freelancers once in a while, no matter how hard we try to resist it, because we don’t have the physical presence of someone in authority like our boss to keep checking our work progress.
Working virtually as a freelancer has its ups and downs. Sometimes we tend to become a bit laid back, so here are 5 sure ways to put a magic spell to our lack of energy and help us focus more on things we need to accomplish:
1. Create a detailed list of things to do in a day. Knowing exactly your priorities for a particular day would set some clear direction on your work as well as making you equipped in meeting important deadlines. If you are have a big project at the moment, try dividing it into smaller tasks or allocate equal hours so that before you know it you are on your way to finishing the said project ahead of time.
2. Schedule in-between breaks to break the monotony of your work for the day. Don’t be too harsh on yourself by doing all work without having any breaks. Set your alarm and try to consume the 10-15 minutes in-between breaks you have allotted, either doing some stretching if you have been I front of your PC or laptop for a long time or if you feel your stomach is already grumbling, why not grab a bite so you could bring out new source of energy to your body. Remember a full stomach will help you think and perform better. Giving yourself few minutes cut-off from your freelance work in a day could bring positive vibes or energy, thus giving you a livelier mood to carry on with your duties.
3. Watch out for your health. Since, most freelancers don’t have any sick benefits or paid day-offs, don’t neglect your health. As the saying goes, “Health is wealth”, this is true in all aspects of our freelance careers. Remember, if you are having health problems, don’t feel sorry if you have to take a leave with your freelance work and consult the doctor the soonest possible time and confide any discomforts or pain you are experiencing. Early diagnosis is better than curing an ailment. Take all the necessary medications or rest if needed, so that you can resume to your normal working abilities the moment you get better.
4. Provide a good working environment. Most freelancers prefer working in the comforts of their homes. If you want to stay focus at all times a conducive workplace is a must for you to be more productive and always work effectively. Take note that any place that is too cozy is a hindrance for you to comply with your set deadlines, like the bedroom that could only be too inviting for you to lie back and relax. You can transform any available space in your home where you can be comfortable enough to work and concentrate. Better tell your loved ones about specific times in a day wherein they cannot just barge in and interrupt you from work. Act in a professional manner, even though there are no eyes watching your every move.
5. Be optimistic. If you have been too pre-occupied during the day, doing too many errands outside your freelance work, don’t feel bad. The day hasn’t yet finish and you still have few hours to accomplish even a few tasks to augment for the lost hours you became unproductive. Try to view any events positively for this will help you manage your work with vigor.
Becoming a freelancer requires you to have a lot of guts, dedication, patience and strong willpower to succeed and satisfy your client’s expectations. If you are determined to stay in this business for a long time, try to get yourself organized by setting your goals for the day. There are times when things don’t go well and you did not finish the given project, but if you have a free-spirited mind everything can be achieved in a lighter mood.