Being a freelance writer can be a difficult task. There’s no one around to keep you accountable and it’s easy to get distracted, especially if you’re working online. Therefore, it’s important to come up with a routine and a daily checklist to keep you motivated and on task.
According to Brian Tracy, a best selling Canadian author:
“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.”
In other words, in order to truly make freelancing a viable career, you need to foster successful habits.
5 Habits You Need to Nurture Now
Without further ado, here are five habits you should develop in order to be the most productive freelance writer you can be.
Get to Know How You Work
In order to develop or change a habit, you first need to know those you already have. Ask yourself questions like “During what time of the day do I get the most writing done?” and “What websites distract me the most when I’m supposed to be working?”
Develop a Routine
Many of the most successful people have routines they follow everyday. These routines not only help them stay focused, but they increase their productivity. Whether rising early and exercising before getting down to the grind is your thing, or you get more done after a mid-day coffee break, create a routine and stick with it!
Designate an exclusive working space for yourself and keep it clutter free. According to Becoming Minimalist, a study conducted by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) found that 91 percent of people said they would be “more effective and efficient if their workspace was better organized.” As a freelance writer, forms and online content for different clients can get jumbled. Make sure you keep physical forms in labeled folders and web content in separate folders on your computer.
Keep Yourself Accountable
If you only have enough time to dedicate to a certain task, make sure you complete it within a given timeframe. A great practice to keep yourself accountable is to set alarms on your phone or computer for when you should be completing a piece of content, have a phone meeting with a client, or need to move on to another assignment.
If you’re the type of person who gets easily distracted while working, try to remove all distractions you can anticipate before you start writing. Block websites that tend to lead you astray, or put away your phone or other devices when it’s time to get to work.
Why Productivity Matters
Productivity is an important aspect of a freelancer’s life. If you’re not productive, you won’t earn a living. What’s more, your clients rely on you to deliver well-written content in a timely manner. After all, given the importance of content marketing in today’s digital world, their business in part relies on your productivity.
By adopting the above five habits, your career as a freelance writer will not only begin to take off, you’ll find that the process becomes easier and more like second nature. Productivity is important because it becomes a habit itself. Once you start producing more content and increasing your income, you’ll only want to write more and reach new freelancing heights.