Chances are at one time you fantasized about all of the excellent benefits of being a freelancer. Rolling out of bed at any time you want, conducting business in your sweatpants, completing tasks when you’re most productive, and having more time to spend with the people you love are just a few of the incredibly cool perks you were so looking forward to.
But did you know that these same benefits are also your powerful allies for inspiration, innovation, and motivation?
Here are a few valuable tips that, as a freelancer, will happen to be your dream come true. You’re welcome.
Work In Your Underwear
Or in your cozy pajamas that have a gaping hole in the knee because they’re at least seven years old. Or you might enjoy working naked if that’s your thing. It’s all good! Physicians warn that constrictive clothing can deprive your heart and your brain of necessary oxygen. The science is in folks. You’re doing your customers a huge favor by going natural and letting it all hang out.
Disclaimer: This tip is only recommended while working at home.
Put Your Brain On Airplane Mode For Soaring Productivity
When your freelance work relies on your ingenuity and creativity, your brain is not your friend. At least while you want to get an actual job done. Turn off your brain; close your email and social media browser tabs, play concentration and studying music, and instead let your mind be free to get the job done. Don’t worry; your brain can take it’s rightful place in your head again when you’re ready to proofread and edit.
Technology Is Your Best Friend
Whether you’re typing away at 11:47 pm to get your piece about the latest blockchain trends in by the deadline, or your toddler woke you up no less than six times the previous night and you’ve got three researched pieces due that day – your brain might not always be there when you need it. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you don’t have to do all the thinking anymore. Say hello to Grammarly, Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator, and CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer; they are just some of your new best friends.
It’s Best To Eradicate World Famine at 2:30 am
You already had a nourishing three hours of sleep only to find yourself wide awake in the wee hours of the night, listening to crickets while channeling how to harness free energy and distribute it worldwide thus ending all hunger and global strife. (Perhaps due to being naked, no?) Try as you might, you will not be able to fall back asleep until you get your ideas out on the computer or in a notebook. Type or scribble away until you have nothing left in your head. It doesn’t matter if what you wrote makes any sense or is grammatically correct. You might be pleasantly surprised when you open your laptop the next morning that you have about half of the best work you’ve ever done completed already.
Call a Friend and Browse Pinterest
If you’re an employee for a company in an office that requires clothes and such, you’ll likely be told that chatting with your bestie or randomly browsing through social media is a no-no and to be getting back to “work.” Good news, freelancer…that IS work. By interacting live with real people, you are placing yourself on the pulse of current events, hot topics, and consumer trends, which in turn fuels your inspiration for content generation and business growth. Winning! A delightful conversation with a peer or a look at one viral post on social media, which takes all of 20 minutes, can infuse you with brilliant content ideas for weeks to come.
By interacting live with real people, you are placing yourself on the pulse of current events, hot topics, and consumer trends, which in turn fuels your inspiration for content generation and business growth. Tweet This!
Your former boss may have called you lazy. Your high school physiology teacher might have claimed you merely got lucky when you aced an exam you crammed for the previous night. But the truth is that, yes, you can combine the relaxing benefits of your freelance lifestyle with productivity to help you generate your most inventive, inspiring, and profitable work.
And that’s genius. Keep living the dream, freelancers.
Dina R is a writer, life coach, and yoga instructor with 10+ years experience writing online business, article, and newsletter content. Articles have been syndicated and featured on MSN Lifestyle. Niche specializations and experience in dating, relationships, yoga, fitness, and healthy living.