Let’s face it. Even with all the perks and advantages one can enjoy from being a freelancer, a self-employed individual working from a home office would always find how distractions can ruin one’s rhythm and productivity. This is why distraction management is very crucial and every freelancer must find themselves on top of it.
The governing rule every freelancer should remember is to set the boundaries between personal affairs and work-related affairs. By doing this, one can manage distractions better.
Set the work area where all work-related paperwork and paraphernalia should stay. By stepping into a physically defined work area, one’s mind will be programmed to think only about work. And with better focus arises a more productive outcome.
Separate your work email from your personal email. Feel free to use your personal emails for all your social media accounts, online magazine subscriptions, and online shopping websites. But keep aseparate account specifically for your work. This will save you time filtering out all the spam and less important emails and get the information about work at the soonest when you need it.
3. Bank Accounts
If you are keeping a freelance career while working a corporate day job, my suggestion is to keep separate bank accounts. Treat the freelance career like a sole-proprietorship company where all costs and earnings related to such should be separate from everything else.
Set aside a regular time of day to work for either; mornings for your freelance jobs and after lunch for your chores, personal errands and family stuff. Make it a routine so that your mind and body will be programmed and will eventually work automatically. Remember to focus on the task at hand and do not think of the other tasks when it is not yet time for it.
In the end, the ability to separate work life from personal life and stay focused on either for the time you have assigned to think about it will be the guiding principle to keep distractions at bay.
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