How to stay motivated as a freelancer

When you work as a freelancer there is no boss to tell you what to do and when to get it done, there is no external motivator. This means that you need intrinsic motivation if you actually want to get stuff done, but how do you get this motivation? And even more important, how do you keep this motivation up? I’ve got some answers to help you on your way.

Create a planning

If you know then you know that I live and die for my planning, and not without reason. You may think that you don’t need a planning when you have motivation, but the truth is, none of us can be motivated 100% of the time. Sometimes you just want to lie on the couch and watch Netflix, but with a planning, you know that you need to work regardless. And if you’re anything like me, and you love planning, then making a planning will also get you more excited about the work you need to do.

Remind yourself of the reason you chose this path

You didn’t just stumble into becoming a freelancer, you had your reasons, and now you can use those reasons to keep yourself motivated. You can even use visual cues to remind yourself. Perhaps you are now a freelancer because you love the freedom, then put a picture that symbolises freedom for you on your desk. Having a reason to keep going will make you happier doing the work, which will kickstart your motivation.

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When you’re really not feeling the whole motivation thing then there is some other way to tackle it. Imagine, you have to write an article and can get yourself to start, if you tell yourself that you only need to write 100 words and take a break after that then you’ll start a lot easier. And usually, you will have built up the motivation to keep going once you reached the 100 words and you can write an entire article.

Reward yourself

This might sound childish to you, but it surely isn’t. If you promise yourself 15 minutes of Netflix time for each hour you work you are much more likely to start working and keep working, and by the end of the day, you can then unwind with your favourite TV series. It’s the ultimate way to get done what needs to be done while still enjoying yourself.Free stock photo of technology, ipad, tablet, app

Set some goals

Setting work goals is also a good way to gather up some motivation, having something to work towards is a lot more motivating than feeling like the work is just an ongoing agony that never ends. So set some goals that are both challenging and reachable to make you enthusiastic about working

Using the tips I’ve provided you with you are capable of tackling any amount of work while staying motivated. Sounds ideal, doesn’t it?

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