I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because only my mother thinks that I am perfect!
I think that it happens to everyone at some point. You spending your days writing for clients and sometimes you’re writing on topics that can be a little dry. Even if they aren’t dry, they might not be the most exciting topics to YOU; that can make it difficult. Everyday it is the same old thing.
If this sounds familiar, you are going to burn out at some point. So how do you stop that? How do you keep your groove as a freelance writer and not dread sitting in front of your computer each day?
There are a few things you can do; I hope one of these things can help you.
Work for Yourself
Yes, I’m telling you to spend time writing things that are not for clients. I know – you not getting paid. Well, not immediately anyway. That ok. This kind of writing can pay off in the future. The future is just as important as the now.
What kinds of writing can you do to work for yourself?
- Write an Ebook to put on Kindle Write for your own blog
- Write articles for a revenue share site
- Write PLR content on topics you interested in
- Write reports that you can sell to other business on topics you interested in
- Write a fictional story
- Write poetry
The key to working for yourself is that it should be enjoyable and fun and should inspire you. If you write on topics that you are passionate about, it can be profitable. It can motivate you, too.
Take a Break
Are you writing for hours at a time? Then you going to burn out! You need to take breaks! The Pomodoro method works great for some people. You can set an alarm on your computer to go off every hour. Just take a break already.
During the middle of your day, take a longer break to do something that will rejuvenate you. Go for coffee with a friend, take a walk, sit down and make a phone call to someone that will make you laugh.
Yes, the money is important but you are important, too. You need your sanity if you going to keep the money rolling in to your bank account!
Set up your goals for the day. When you finish them, reward yourself with something. It doesn’t have to be something big. You could reward yourself with:
- a cup of coffee or tea outside in the fresh air with just you and your beverage
- a hot bath after the kids go to bed a walk
- a new music download
- a phone call to a friend
- a movie you been looking forward to seeing 10 minutes with you iPod blasting while you do dishes
- time with your spouse
- a special activity with your kids
What’s important to you? What will motivate you to get the work done so you can get on to your reward?
Freelance writing can be hard work, and clients do usually think to reward us. So we have to reward and motivate ourselves. Remember that you are your own boss. What would you do to prevent an employee from burning out? Do the same thing for you!