One of the most common problems with freelancing is procrastination. Freelancers have the ability to work whenever they want, but sometimes this can work against them. People are generally lazy (unless you’re some superhuman with incredible powers to go on forever) and so you need a system in place to help you along the way to get things done. Some people find creating a to-do list helps, whilst others simply break up their work into small chunks in order to make it easier on themselves.
I’m going to go through a system which you can use in order to make yourself more productive, and stop yourself from procrastination.
OK, let’s say that you have 3 web designs to do for multiple clients – rather than working through them one by one, going through the design process and then the coding process – instead you can simply do all related tasks together. So, in this case, you would do all 3 designs together on Photoshop, so that you do them when you’re in that design-mood. Then, you can move onto coding the designs altogether after. This should help you become more productive overall.
There are a couple other methods you can use in order to become more productive and get out of a phase of procrastination.
If you’re finding it really hard to get started on some work, or just end up scraping every design idea in Photoshop, then you need inspiration. For example, if you’re a web designer, a good idea would be to visit websites such as CSSRemix; look at some of the well-designed sites there. This usually inspired me personally, and then I proceed to create something in Photoshop. Be careful not to visit these websites just to copy designs though, that is not good practise as you’re not developing your skills well when doing this.
If you’re a freelance writer, you can try reading a few pages of your favourite novel in order to get your creative juices going again, or maybe head down to your favourite blog and read a post or two. Both writing and design are creative processes, and therefore need inspiration and enthusiasm from the creator in order to produce high quality work.
Procrastination is a major probem for many, and a freelancer’s livelihood depends on the production of quality work in a timely manner, so it is absolutely necessary to get out of the cycle of procrastination and get down to doing what you do best.
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