More and more of us are choosing to freelance, whether as online business assistants, writers, photographers, web designers. In fact, the possibilities are endless. And, working as a freelancer brings a host of benefits, but it also presents challenges.
One of the biggest difficulties faced by freelancers is maintaining focus and avoiding distractions. The fact that us freelancers work without close supervision means that avoiding distractions is our responsibility alone. however, sometimes it can feel as though a-hundred-and-one other things are vying for our attention!
With that in mind, these 3 top tips should help you to avoid distractions and stay focused on the job at hand:
Tip 1: Create Your Own Space
Having your own, dedicated space where you can work, alone and uninterrupted, is one of the most powerful ways to avoid distractions. So, your work space should be quiet, private and well lit. Using a spare bedroom is perfect in most cases. Established freelancers, with money to invest in the perfect working environment, could consider converting an outhouse or even a garage.
Tip 2: Set Definite Work Hours
This tip goes against the grain in some ways, since one of the main benefits of freelancing is the ability to work flexible hours, as and when it suits us. That said, this degree of flexibility simply doesn’t work well for some people. These will tend to put off work whenever a more interesting distraction presents itself!
If you fall into that group, laying out clear working hours will help you stay focused when you need to be. It could also help you switch off more completely when you’re not working. Also,It’s worth saying that this tip may not work for every freelancer . As a virtual assistant, I know that we can’t always set our own hours in the way we might like to, but having some degree of structure is a must for many people.
Tip 3: Set Clear Boundaries
Sometimes, the distractions that take our minds off of work are the result of a friend or family member failing to respect our need for dedicated work time. If this issue affects you, then it’s time for honesty. Lay out the situation clearly, and explain that your career choice must be respected. Point out that during your work time you should be treated just as though you were away from home.
It can be awkward, but a frank and clear discussion can actually be the best way to resolve this issue. Therefore, avoiding a succession of ongoing conflicts.
Your Thoughts: There are dozens of tips, tricks and hacks to make your work time distraction free, and more productive as a result. I’ve only scratched the surface. Feel free to weigh in with your own ideas and suggestions – just post a comment below.