Lead a More Relaxing Freelance Lifestyle
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Although there are numerous bright aspects to freelancing, day in day out it’s not easy to keep focused and keep producing your best work for clients. Focus can easily be lost, direction shortsighted, and shortcuts taken. There are a few things you can do to relieve a major chunk of this pressure and stress and start leading a lot more simple freelancing life.
Take Away The Unnecessary
Keep asking yourself, does this “something” add anything to my life? If you have to think about an answer to the question for more than a few seconds, it doesn’t. Remove it from your life. Throw it away. Clear out the space visually and mentally.
There’s no use keeping around a piece of digital material (RSS feed, song, file, bookmark) if it’s not adding anything to your life or helping you in some way. Try to simplify things down and keep only the essentials, both in the material and the evolving digital world.
Moving from a desktop computing setup to a notebook based setup comprising of a MacBook Pro helped my digital cleanliness propagation. Six months ago, I migrated over 1TB of data into under 100GB, while in the process learned a lot about what kind of data is really needed to be kept and what can be tossed out.
Live For Now
Stop living for the day where you will own the faster computer, sexier car, bigger home. Start for living for today where you have the computer you’re reading this text on, the car you have parked in your garage, and the roof you have over your head.
It’s important to have these things in your sight, but don’t let them be the focus of your life. Let this minute, this current day be your task at hand. Enjoy it for what it is and what you have. Stop being materialistic and live for experience.
Goals Are Essential
Where would you like to be in six months, one year, five years away? While focusing on the current day, it’s important to have things to aim for, to have plans of where you’re going in life rather than simply living year in and year out. Set yourself goals on what you’d like to achieve in a certain period of time. Keep these somewhere where they can be openly viewed, and set time to reflect upon them.
Ease The Workload
Keeping on a relative point to the first point mentioned, there are dozens, if not hundreds of ways you can make your life more simple. Find workarounds to tasks which you don’t enjoy. Find ways to delegate and remove tasks which you dread thinking about from your daily life. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Hate doing the housework? Hire a cleaner. If it’ll make you happier and improve your life, it’s worth the money – or as it could be otherwise called, it’s worth the investment.
Just Do It
Sometimes people can get too caught up in a GTD mind-frame. They’ll write each and every task which comes in on their to-do list, and take the appropriate steps to complete it. However, some tasks can be done right away, avoiding stress at a later stage.
For me, if something actionable will take less than 5 minutes to do I will do it right away. The task does not get added to my to-do list. Instead, it gets done as soon as it reaches one of my data collection points, and it doesn’t cause me to procrastinate – which means no stress. While some tasks are too large and sophisticated to apply this method to, the general rule to stick to is this: if it will take five minutes or less, just get it done rather than placing in on the back-burner.
Do it and it’s done. The phrase to keep in mind – I recommend you print it out and stick it on the wall behind your workstation.
Glenn Wolsey is a freelance content creator living in Rotorua, New Zealand.