One of the major challenges faced by a freelancer is procrastination. It is the feeling of wanting and needing to work, but you opt and choose to do it later. Others call it the “silent killer”, because the more you give in to it, the more you find yourself trapped and having a difficult time overcoming it.
Working as a freelancer gives you the freedom to do things the way you want without a boss screaming at you in your back. You can choose when you want to work as long as you keep up with the deadlines set.
This works pretty well until procrastination comes along.
It happens even to the most well-organized and self-disciplined freelancer. Think of the times you would rather play games or watched a movie on your PC, when you should be working. The truth about procrastination is the fact that this feeling may start out simply and innocently, but can eventually cause a detrimental effect on your career as a freelancer.
Here are fours surefire ways to beat procrastination at its own game:
Recognize that you are procrastinating.
Typically, people don’t like admitting that they are actually doing something wrong like procrastinating. There would always be reasons why you don’t want to work, or why you are putting it off. You can only deal with procrastination the moment you recognize you are going down that path.
Force yourself to do it.
The more you don’t want to work (and have all these lame excuses why), the more you have to force yourself to work. Freelance writers can attest to this. The moment they let days and weeks go by without writing, their brains get rusted. The harder it is to find the right words to express their thoughts and emotions. Believe me, the moment you get things done even if you don’t want to – you feel good about yourself!
Eat the whole cake
– one bite at a time. Yes, the whole task may seem overwhelming that is why you are unsure on how or where to start. But you don’t eat the whole cake by swallowing everything up, but by taking a bite one at a time. Work on the task by breaking it into smaller tasks. Work on the small task one at a time and you will be surprised that everything is done!
Take a break.
It is normal that hard working freelancers do get burned out from too much work; thus, it is important that you have to set aside a day or two just for you to relax and enjoy. Go out with your family and friends. Do the stuff you have always wanted to do. By the time your work week starts, you are invigorated and ready!