Don’t Let Overwhelm Sabotage Your Freelance Writing Career
Back when I had coworkers, I had this one coworker who fell down the anxiety trap door every other day.
A simple project or request from a manager, added to her daily grind, put her into a total state of analysis paralysis.
Every time I wandered into the shared workroom she would chronicle her laundry list of things she needed to do, complain about the fact that she didn’t have enough help, and fret over what to do first.
As a result of her problems getting focused, simple things that should have taken minutes took hours.
Projects that would have taken hours took days.
When you work on salary, that’s fine – you still earn your dough. When you’re self employed, you need to nip that sh*t if you’re serious about earning a living wage.
When you’re trying to get new clients as a freelance writer, it can be too easy to fall into this same trap of indecision. When you aren’t sure what to do next or can’t focus on all the tasks you need to do, you invite anxiety to sit on your shoulder. And procrastination. And overwhelm.
Should you work on your website or update your LinkedIn profile? Pitch bloggers instead? Should you spend time writing for the client you have who pays less than you want? Or work less for them and put your energy into finding better-paid freelance work?
Before you know it, hours have passed, you haven’t done a thing, and now you feel even worse. Because not only do you have a million things to do, but your day’s half over and you haven’t made any money yet.
If you are struggling to defeat focus and overwhelm problems, learn to say yes.
To all of it, yes.
Pick something on your list and do it first. Stop spending time wallowing in uncertainty.
Understand that whichever action you pick — writing the blog post, updating LinkedIn, working on your website, crafting a pitch, hustling new clients — is better than sitting in indecision land.
Doing something is better than doing nothing.
When you put your energy into building your career, the action generates buzz. You feel better having accomplished one thing. Or five. And that positive feeling builds momentum and confidence.
Soon it becomes addictive, taking that one little next step to get toward your goal. You may not be writing $100 blog posts yet, but if you’re generating leads or seeing social shares, it’s rewarding and that positive energy helps you grow.
Every time you choose to do something over nothing, you reduce your anxiety, overwhelm, and uncertainty.
Want more motivation? Here are some links I loved.
How to Find Focus When You Don’t Know What to Do Next
9 Ways to Figure Out What You’re “Meant” to Do. If you’re asking bigger picture questions and aren’t sure about your overall “life purpose,” ask these 9 questions to gain clarity and focus.
The Dark Side of Freelancing: Entrepreneurial Anxiety. Sympathetic and actionable advice on why you’re feeling overwhelmed and anxious and what you can do to get your mojo back.
Success is Random So Court Serendipity. More on why you should say yes to all of it. (Hint: Because you never know which Thing You Do will lead to your next big break – and in life as in love, it isn’t always what you think it’s gonna be)
How to Choose a Direction With a Million Ideas. When you know your purpose but need a little help deciding on that next step to take. Great resource for setting long and short-term goals.
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