Do you ever have those moments when you lose freelancer balance? I know I do. But, I have been learning how to maintain a better balance between my freelance work, yard work, sleeping, etc…
In today’s post, I will share with you some great tips to help you balance your life as a freelancer. I hope they help you. Please let me know in the comments area at the end of this post.
Tips For Freelancer Balance
1: Sleep and Eat Well
I am guilty of it, and I am sure most freelancers could attest to the fact that their freelancer balance is often upset because they sleep too little or skip meals.
I suggest a great substance called Melatonin that can help you get a restful sleep. It is a natural substance, and you can find it in health food stores.
I sometimes assume I can live on coffee. I have found that eating balanced meals is a lot more beneficial for my balance than trying to suffice on caffeine.
2: Use Technology To Its Fullest Advantage
The internet and other outlets have provided technologies that can make our freelance jobs much faster and easier. What’s more, other responsibilities in the struggles of life can be easier using technology.
Be willing to spend a bit on that app, software or tool that can make it work smoother.
So you have a deadline on a freelance job, but you also need to cook dinner for your family. How can you keep your mind focused on the freelance article when you have to cook too.
A great shortcut is an item invented years ago…The Crockpot.
Just put the meat, potatoes and vegetables all in. Add some water and slow cook it. Wham, bam…you are in a freelancer balance.
4: Be Realistic and Set Boundaries
Personally, I am a full-time freelancer, but I have watched as freelancers who work a full-time job assume they can do as much freelance work as I do. That is just unrealistic.
We must set boundaries, or we will become a burned out freelancer. Know what you can handle and be willing to say no.
It will really help if you plan out your week. This can sometimes change, so it is also important that you plan out each day. It is well worth taking a few minutes each morning and make a plan of action.
6: Weekly Assessments
It will help you follow #5 by assessing each week. Figure out what you did right and what you did wrong.
7: Consider The End Goal
Your freelancer balance should always have goals set. What sometimes happen during the day is: we get caught in all the tasks and we forget about the goal. Always keep that end goal in mind. Why is it you are doing this?
8: Cut Out Time Wasters
Checking that email or Facebook 10 times per day can be taking time away from the important stuff. Take away those things that are wasting your time and you will maintain a better freelancer balance.
If you are overloaded, you may want to consider outsourcing some of your responsibilities. Freelancers do hire freelancers.
I have said before that multitasking can be bad, but there are times when I work and talk on the phone at the same time. If you can find a way to consolidate any of your work, I suggest doing so.
Keeping a freelancer balance can be the line where you find success or become a failure.
What are your thoughts? Leave your comments and questions below. Thank you.