Keeping yourself focused and on-task when freelancing from home requires a unique mix of self-discipline and self-care. On the one hand, it is important to establish some structure and avoid indulging too much in the freedom freelancing offers, and it is crucial to find ways, including apps, to stay motivated and avoid wasting time on social media. On the other hand, breaking tasks down into parts, attending to your own comfort and working in harmony with your energy cycle can all help make productivity and discipline easier.
- Being an effective and productive freelancer requires self-discipline and structure, but also awareness of your own needs.
- It is important to maintain a schedule and stick to it without letting breaks stretch overtime, and to use discipline (or productivity apps!) to avoid being reeled in by social media.
- Making sure you get enough sleep, good quality food and enough breaks to prevent burnout also will boost productivity.
“Figure out when you feel most active and put those times to use. Save your recreational time for when you’re feeling lazy. If you work best in the morning, don’t get up and waste that potential energy on video games. Change up your routine if you must.”