As driven as you might be to meet your daily goals, there are some days when you look at that pile of writing assignments and think to yourself, “I just don’t want to write today!” If this has ever happened to you, here are some tips on how to dump the daily writing blues and regain your focus.
Freelance writers are some of the most prolific and driven writers in the world today—there are millions of us out there, and each day, we post insightful and informative items to entertain our readers and make a profit. However, if you’re a freelance writer, you have no doubt experienced blogger burnout and have days where you sit at your desk and stare at a blank entry and realize that you’d rather be doing anything but writing. If this has ever happened to you, then you know it can be disastrous, resulting in a loss of readers and a loss of money. There are ways to stay motivated and on track though, and if you develop good habits and get rid of some bad ones, you will be well on your way to being motivated once again.
Even the best freelance writers have a number of bad habits that keep them from staying focused and on task, and the one bad habit that most of them are guilty of is being distracted by the Internet. Have you ever been in the middle of a job and find yourself distracted by a notification from Facebook, Twitter, or some other social site that you end up on there for twenty or even thirty minutes, looking at other people’s posts as your work is left unfinished? One of the best ways to develop better writing habits is to close your Web browser while you’re working and to set your e-mail alert to a visual notification so you can glance at the sender to see if it needs immediate attention or if it’s something that can wait. Turn off the television while you’re working, too—it’s a huge distraction that you cannot afford. Quiet background music is a better choice.
You can also reward yourself if you stick to your goals and see your daily goals through to the end. For example, if you finish on time or early, you can reward yourself by indulging in a book or a movie that you have been saving. If you fail to meet your goals, your hobbies should be shelved until you’re caught up on your work. This not only creates better work habits, but it will motivate you to write more often and with better focus. The life of a freelance writer is never easy, and if you ever find yourself saying, “I don’t want to write today,” then it’s time to look for ways to focus and develop the good habits that will make you a more driven writer.