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12 Motivational Techniques For Freelancers and Creatives

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“The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.”

Arthur Clark

There are plenty of articles, tapes and CDs of experts guiding employers on motivational techniques for their employees.

But what about motivation for the Lone Rangers? The freelancers and creatives need to find motivation too, but it can be easy yo drift into a non-motivational stage when we are on out own with no boss to push us into being motivated.

In today’s post, I am going to share 12 motivation methods for freelancers and creatives.

So, after reading this…Get Back To Work!

12 Motivational Techniques For You

1: Eat a good breakfast

I will confess, I have been quite guilty of not following this simple motivational technique. 1 or 2 cups of coffee do not count as a good breakfast. There are a ton of benefits to eating a healthy breakfast. The experts at Web MD point that out in this article.

I suggest some fruit and grains to help you focus on your freelancing tasks that need to be completed. Some vitamin and mineral supplements do not hurt either.

2: Set goals

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While you are ingesting your breakfast, take out a pad and pen and write down the day’s goals. I personally work on the highest priority first and work down the list.

While writing down those goals, put the objectives to reach the end goal. An example could be: I need to complete a 2,400 word article. I may break it down into objectives of completing 600 words and taking a short break. After 3 short breaks, I am on the end objective. And that takes us to the next technique.

3: Take small steps

Some freelancing jobs can seem overwhelming. We look at it and want to just go back to our comfortable pillow and mattress. The best motivational technique is, like in the set goals technique, set small steps. Break the task into small portions and reward yourself with a break or a cup of coffee after completing each step.

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”


4: Reason to complete list

Along with that goal list, create a reason to complete list. What will be your benefits? This can be a strong motivation factor.

5: Make a list of possible obstacles

Not only do you want to predict possible obstacles, you want to have a back-up plan to deal with any of these obstacles.

I recently ran into using my back-up plan when our internet went out. It was difficult, but I found myself sitting in Burger King doing my freelancing tasks. Whoppers aren’t what they used to be.

6: Give yourself incentives

Employers use this motivational technique with employees, and you can use it on yourself. When you complete a task, reward yourself. Maybe a candy bar or a cup of coffee. Just find something that will provide incentive and motivation to move to the next task.

7: Hang with positive people

Try to find the most positive people you know and stay close with them. The fact is: positive attitudes rub off, and negative attitudes rub in.

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I find that by having pictures of those I love and pictures of things I would like to have motivates me in great ways. Just put pictures in front of you and feel the motivation.

9: Disarm critics

Everyone has critics, but it seems like freelancers get more than their fair share. It can take a lot of our motivation in debating with these critics, so just go the easy route…disarm the critic by agreeing with he or she. When you agree with them, they have to shut up for the most part. And you still have the power to choose how you will solve the issue.

10: Music

Just find some motivational music and put it on as you are working. It works for me, and I believe it will work for you. Music is one of the best motivational techniques.

11: Read

An excellent motivational technique is to just read 1 or 2 chapters of a motivational book each day. Same as music…it works!

12: Take courses

Education can always be a motivational factor. I just recently signed up to take some free courses at HubSpot Academy. You may want to check that out too. You can find it here.


You see, there are ways to get motivated!

I hope these motivational techniques helped you. If they did, please leave a comment and share it with others.

Thank you.

Now I am motivated!

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