Becoming your own boss has its perks. But when you start your freelance career, it can feel just the opposite of what you have imagined. The writing process is unbearably pressurizing. You’re left with pending tasks and deadlines. Apart from stressing about the work, you start to question your capabilities as a writer. Well, been there, done that!
While working from home looks like a piece of cake, there is nothing more dreadful than hitting unproductivity during this time. So here are three essential tips to be more productive as a freelance writer!
#1 – Create a Schedule
Working as a freelancer isn’t as easy as it seems, especially when unproductivity hits. Apart from completing a task, you’ve got family and distractions too. Missing out on a few orders is quite common until you start forgetting about something that should have been your priority. So the first thing to do is create a schedule. This way, you have enough time to complete your work while being confident about your submissions. You will also be able to enjoy doing other things that you love (apart from writing) and spend quality time with your family.
#2 – Set Priorities
Some freelance writers feel like having multiple orders won’t affect their productivity, but a lack of motivation can creep up on you. Having too much on your plate is a sure-shot way to miss deadlines. When you start your day thinking you will complete everything in a couple of hours you’ll get nowhere fast. To make sure your work is sorted, you need to prioritize it piece by piece. Make a list of all that you have to do and number items on the list. Carry out the tasks that seem most complicated first and leave the easy ones for later. This way, you won’t have to carry the weight of those tasks while working on everything else.
#3 – Be Ready to Deal with Your Distractions
Most people who opt to freelance already have a lot going on in their lives. Whether it’s kids or family matters, there is always something that pulls you away from your laptop. Plus there are times when you find yourself using the phone more than usual, which is genuinely one of the biggest distractions in the world. Now that you know about the things that distract you, it’s time to form a contingency plan. Set boundaries. Yes, even with family. Designate a proper writing space where no one is allowed while you are working. Also, when you find yourself scrolling social media mindlessly, step back and take a break for a few minutes. Put your phone aside and start writing again.
There are just a few ways to be more productive as a freelance writer. They work for me and they might work for you. Now it’s your turn, what is your best tip to stay productive? Comment below!