In today’s market an estimated 34 percent of the total workforce are freelancers, that number is expected to balloon to 50 percent by 2020. That means that more and more of americans have started taking control of their work day. Having complete control of your schedule can certainly be a blessing and a curse it takes a lot of discipline and planning to not let your newfound freedom get the better of you. Practice these five tips to help you succeed as an independent contractor.
Be in tune with your body and mind.
Where you work matters, some days you may need the structure of a desk and other days you may crave the relaxation of a comfy sofa. Your body will constantly send you signals about what it’s craving each day, being able to interpret those signals will bring so much more productivity to your work routine.
Don’t be afraid to change directions either. If you started at a coffee shop and it’s just not working, don’t hesitate to get up and leave, the time you spend getting distracted at a place you are uncomfortable will be greater than the time spent moving to somewhere your brain and body actually wants to be.
Plan Ahead and Stick to It
I can see a vast difference in my day when I plan it verse not. If I sit down the night before and just write a simple outline about how I forsee my day going it makes it that much more rewarding and I feel like I have so much more time when I accomplish even most of the things on it. Download my example outline and a free printable outline for you to use. If you are more accustomed to online checklists that installing Momentum on your browser is a must.
*Notice I like to include really easy things scattered about because when I have 20 tasks on a list and I complete 17 of them it feels a lot better than having 5 and only completed three.
Get up early
When I first started freelancing I would get up at 8 or 9 and then by 12 I would need to take a lunch break and I wouldn’t be finished with my work until 5, it was no different than working a nine to five job. I was tired, distracted, and I felt felt like I had less time in my day to what I wanted, but then I switched my schedule.
I started getting up at five am. Everything turned around. I started to finish my work by noon, which gave me time to focus on my hobbies and on growing my own business, and I was actually making more money because I wasn’t distracted and I was able to accomplish more. If that doesn’t convince you checkout this article about the health benefits or getting up early.
Don’t forget to go outside
Going outside is good for more than just fresh air, it allows you to reset and revitalize your body and mind with a little Vitamin D and less screen time. With that in mind I encourage you to take a 5 minute walk every two hours. (More if you can) Leave your phone at your desk, shut your computer and just step outside, you will be amazed at your brains focused results.
Do what you love
This one should be simple, if you are spending the time to create a business or even work for yourself you should be doing something that inspires that gets you excited when you wake up. If it doesn’t maybe you should consider switching end goals.
But be careful! Don’t let a lack of passion be confused to being overworked. Try to problem solve before you quit your dream, because if it is your dream you should have to quit.
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