(No, feelancer isn’t a typo. The word freelancer, IMO, implies that the Gainfully Unemployed are willing to work without recompense. So I prefer feelancer.)
Some days being a feelancer is the most enjoyable career. I work the hours I want. There’s no boss breathing down my neck. On the other hand, there may not be a structure to my day. It’s all on me to get revisions done, complete the information form for my next book cover, write that article and submit for and/or record auditions. etc. So there are times when my motivation lags. Perhaps I’ve been super busy, or have a bunch of random things to do and feel scattered. Perhaps I feel the efforts I’m making are floating in the ether, with no responses or incoming opportunities. So why do more?
This morning was one of those times. I’m creating a list of motivation tips I hope will help me in the future, and you, too.
1) Increase your discipline. Sometimes you have to talk to yourself and remind yourself why you need to work.
2) Conversely, maybe you need to decrease the pressure you put on yourself for a bit. Accept that you’re simply unmotivated right this minute instead of trying to force better feelings. Maybe you need to take a walk among the flowers, as a Facebook friend suggested. And you may need to refill the well, even during prime work hours.
3) List every task you need to do, by when and prioritize. Then, as Nike says, Just Do It. Taking the first steps and getting started on something can be the catalyst to continue.
4) Get a pep talk. I asked Facebook friends to share how they maintain a positive attitude. And two close friends saw my post and called.
5) Focus on what you can do in the present moment. Don’t let things that didn’t work out in the past weigh you down.
6) Read or review The Artist’s Way, or other books/articles that enhance your perspective.
7) Keep your eye on the prize, as they say. What will be your reward: the satisfaction of completing a project or checking something off your list, or an actual reward?
8) Work with a friend so you both stay on task and have a sounding board. I’ve done this with several friends
9) Change your environment. Working from a coffee shop or anywhere that’s not my desk at home, even for a few hours, can freshen the process.
10) Instead of getting nothing done, take a short break. Run an errand or two, walk around the block. Sometimes the best ideas pop into your head when you’re not trying so hard.
Any other ideas? Which sounds best to you?