Do you finally want to figure out how to stop being so damn busy? Are you sick of always trying to be productive 24/7?
My biggest problem is that I always feel the need to be doing so productive. A girlfriend got me at me once because she noted that I needed to relax. I was too stressed and putting too much pressure on myself to be busy.
Freelancing will take up lots of time if you have a job and other commitments. There’s no denying that. I love to discuss productivity for a reason. I want us to get work done without letting the work finish us off. That’s not fun at all. The whole point of freelancing is to lead a better life.
Everyone is always so busy. I get it. We all need to be busy.
I found an interesting article on the NY Times blog.
Why are we so busy?
According to Tim Kreider:
“It’s almost always people whose lamented busyness is purely self-imposed: work and obligations they’ve taken on voluntarily, classes and activities they’ve “encouraged” their kids to participate in. They’re busy because of their own ambition or drive or anxiety, because they’re addicted to busyness and dread what they might have to face in its absence.”
Do you ever hear the response when you ask a buddy passing by “how’s it going?” Probably not. Do you know your co-workers’ hobbies? Likely not.
Freelancing will keep you busy. Sadly, if you let it, freelancing could destroy your life (lose friends, lose partners, and be lonely forever).
How do you not let freelancing destroy your life?
Get your work done.
Get your done first and then worry. What this means is that you got to get into the habit of getting straight to work.
My biggest issue to this day is getting the real work started. I do everything else but the work. I have the following really crappy routine:
- Check Facebook for updates.
- Look at Twitter for funny stuff/news.
- Check blog comments.
- Read motivational quotes.
It’s pathetic to be honest. I have posted on my wall: Are you inventing things to do to avoid doing the important?
The answer is usually yes. I need it to be no. This is why I do my best to get the work done. I try to get into the flow of things. I set a low quota just so that I can start.
If you don’t want freelancing to destroy your life, I suggest that you get right into the work! Facebook will always be there waiting for you.
That’s all. You did what you could. Once you’re done, send it away.
You can not live life in draft mode!
Once you’re done with something, there’s no sense in stressing or wasting time. Send it over, get some feedback, and move on with your damn life.
Stressing will only ruin your life and make you miserable. If you truly did the best work possible, you have nothing to fret about.
Remember that you don’t always have to be working.
You really don’t. You can’t expect to be productive 24/7. Some of the most creative minds on this planet take days, weeks, or months off for a retreat just to recharge. Your energy levels will drop. You need to take some time for yourself.
The problem with freelancing is that you always feel like you should be doing more. It’s all good! There’s a limit. More time at the desk, studio, or online won’t always equal more or better work.
Get a life and get some fresh air!
Everything is a work-in-progress.
This is true. Some of the best books on this planet have a second version or often referred to “upgraded.”
You can work on anything, fix everything, and improve on anything. Don’t feel bad. You don’t have to pretend to be busy. You can be busy on the next draft!
That’s how I try my best to not let freelancing ruin my life. Please don’t let it mess you up. Make your money, have some fun, and save up your money.
“If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.” – Lao Tzu