As a freelance writer and corporate blogger, my calendar is pretty full.
But that’s the way I like it.
I enjoy juggling concurrent assignments, a family, and countless other responsibilities that eat away at the clock.
But I never lose sight of what’s important to our clients. THEIR PROJECT. And rightfully so.
The way I manage it all is by staying motivated…and hungry. Without discipline and will, your dreams and ambitions never come to life, turning even the best intentions into dust. So here are seven ways I stay motivated; pick and choose the ones that work best for you.
Find the why. When human beings set out to do something, it’s important to keep the why in the front of our minds. Are you looking for a new job or project because you dislike your boss? Need more money? Want a shorter commute? Getting where we want to go can be a long journey, so never forget what set you out on the road to begin with. Write down why you’re motivated and refer to it often. (That North Fork cottage will eventually be mine!)
Look forward. Pretend you have accomplished your goal. For example, if your goal is to learn a new language to impress a girl, you need to consider if the task is worth taking on—what if she rejects you or hates that you can’t roll your Rs? View things from multiple perspectives and ensure you are taking worthwhile roads. Once you commit, put the negative scenario out of your mind and concentrate on how good it will feel when you succeed. Visualizing the success story is a surefire way to get motivated. When I take on a new project as a freelance writer, I always like to think of what success looks like and how happy everyone will be when we hit a home run–together.
Just do it. There’s a reason the Nike slogan has endured for more than two decades. In the Data Age, we have so much information available to us at all times that it’s easy to get lost in number-crunching oblivion. But there’s nothing like rolling up your sleeves and getting started. Think about it: A perfect resume is useless if you don’t send out. You’d be better served to send out 10 resumes that are almost perfect than none at all. Rarely are actions an absolute waste of time. Get motivated!
Reward yourself. If your goal is to get a new job, you will need to take action to make a change. Set goals and share them with someone you trust so that you can be held accountable. For example, promise that you’ll send out two resumes a week to relevant jobs. If you succeed, reward yourself with a predetermined item. Likewise, if you fail, be sure to carry out a predetermined punishment. Even if a project doesn’t feel as if it’s worth your time, make it your business to make it worth your time. Otherwise, getting started can feel impossible, and as a freelance writer, that is not good!
Think of someone or something you hate. We all know jealousy and hatred are ugly emotions, but unless you’re a Buddhist monastic, they’re also a reality. Why not turn something dark into a tremendous motivator? Image the person you dislike taking action while you rest on your laurels? Wouldn’t you rather be showered with happiness and rewards? Push yourself to get started— get motivated — today!
Give yourself choices. Negative self-talk is often a high hurdle we must clear to get ourselves pumped up to do something we dread. Remember: You don’t have to, you want to. This simple thought-swap can make any task more palatable.
Break it up. What sounds easier? Writing 1,000 words in two hours or writing 125 words in 15 minutes? Breaking your task into smaller parts will help you get started. As a freelance writer, I often write skeleton blog posts while out on walks or during lunch.
Finding the will to get motivated isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it. If you end up hiring me for your freelance blogging needs, now you have an idea of how I’ll power through the assignment!