Five Tips to help you stay motivated as a freelancer

02.09.2015

Motivation is crucial for any job. As a freelancer you have more freedom than most employees, but that freedom can turn into a disadvantage pretty quickly. If you find yourself postponing that thing you have to do or if you often just don’t feel like working, read on. This article presents five tips that will keep you motivated and help you reach your goals.


1. Get your work rolling


First of all, motivation isn’t some supernatural being that will just come to you while you’re waiting. Lying in bed or sitting on the couch is great and all, but waiting for motivation is not going to help most of the times. However, once you write that first line of code, a few words of your article’s title, take the first tiny steps towards your goal and you are likely to keep rolling forward. Motivation comes with action - get a freelance gig!
 

2. Take advantage of your flexibility


As a freelancer, flexibility is one of your greatest assets – you don’t have to sit in a cubicle for exactly eight or ten hours a day. Can’t get any work done at home? Pick up your laptop and go to your local cafe, the public library or the park. Knowing that you purposefully went to another place to accomplish your task can work wonders. That will also keep you away from those time-wasters at home – the comfy couch, the TV show you just have to watch or the refrigerator with all its delicious temptations.
 

3. Break it up


Do you have a big project that will take up a lot of time and resources? It is normal to lose motivation when you have a difficult and long task at hand. Breaking it up into smaller pieces can be extremely helpful. Set up small milestones, which take up to an hour and reward yourself for reaching them. Take a fifteen minute break every time you accomplish another step. But don’t just stay in front of the computer. Instead, use the time to listen to your favourite songs, exercise or just take a short walk. That stimulation will keep you feeling motivated and energetic, ready to take the next step and look forward to your break.
 

4. Remember where you started


One helpful tip for not losing motivation is to look back on your achievements, there are hundreds of reason why you should love freelancing. You can think of the last project you finished and how good that made you feel. Long-term achievements like how you got to where you are now can be extremely motivating as well. Perhaps a couple of years ago you wouldn’t have imagined that you would be freelancing, enjoying all the advantages that it offers. It’s like climbing a mountain – when you look down you can see just how much you have achieved. And mountain climbers don’t just stop halfway. Be proud of what you have accomplished and use that to keep you going.
 

5. Keep on top of your health


The saying “a sound mind in a healthy body” might sound cliché, but it holds a lot of truth. General fitness can keep you feeling happy and motivated. Do some light exercises now and then, go to your doctor to say hello and keep on top of your diet. Health, happiness and motivation are inherently connected. The best part is – as a freelancer you have the freedom and flexibility to combine it all. Check our health tips for freelancers!
 

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