The online freelancing life sounds like a dream. Taking the time to wake up, making your cup of tea or coffee, then getting in front of your computer to produce an astonishing output. This picture is idyllic because freelancers, just like the rest of the workforce, face unproductive days too.
Productivity problems are mostly caused by stress and the inability to focus. A study in 2015 showed that our attention span is now down to 8 seconds. With all the distractions in the digital world, it’s no wonder how it takes us longer to finish a task.
Start your day with a 10-minute meditation. Whether you are sitting in a chair or still lying in your bed, focus your attention on just breathing and being in the present moment. In can be hard at first to try to not think of the things that you need to do for the day or the pending items from yesterday, but gradually, through practice, you will be able to focus clearly on the present moment.
Improved concentration and attention and reduced anxiety are some of the proven benefits of meditation. Before you think about how you want your day to turn out, spend a few minutes of quiet time.
2. Break your to-do list into smaller tasks
The Pomodoro technique was developed in the 1980s as a means to manage time more efficiently. This involves breaking your time into 25-minute work spans with 5-minute breaks in between. However, if you find your mind wandering within that time period, tweak the span by starting with lesser time chunks. Start with 5-minute work spans followed by 2-minute breaks until you tick off items on your to-do list. As you gradually grow focus, increase your time spans.
This technique gives your brain something to look forward to after focusing on a task, whether it’s a break to walk to the kitchen to grab a drink or to go to your yoga mat to do some poses.
3. Set a time to work on your personal projects
When you are in the midst of busy days delivering projects to your clients, it can be easy to forget about your personal projects. It may be necessary at times to give your client projects your full time and effort but if you start feeling burnt out and it is affecting your productivity, schedule a time to step away to do your own thing.
Go ahead and create your own video content, write a blog post, or immerse yourself in your form of art. Research shows that working on your own side projects increases productivity and enhances creativity, two things that will help you get your groove back as a freelancer.
Do you have any tried-and-tested productivity tips? Share with us in the comments section!