Sitting watching the rain come down again, it’s one of those days when motivation is hard to come by. But the to-do list isn’t getting any shorter and I’ve got to knuckle down and get started.
Everyone has their own secrets to getting motivated and here at KindredHQ, we’ve heard some great tips. I’m digging them out so that I can share them with you, and tick at least one thing off my to-do list today – some blog writing!
1. You’ve run out of time.
OK. Freelancers and those of us who work for ourselves are famously good at procrastinating. That’s OK up to a point, but sometimes, the time to do things simply runs out and in some cases, you have to meet the deadline or there’s trouble. I’m thinking about tax returns and mortgages for example. For some, the only way to get motivated is to put ythemselves under a bit of pressure, and so they will leave it until the last minute and then start. I don’t recommend this, but I’m putting it at the top of the list, because, for some, its reality.
2. Your dint in the universe.
At the other end of the spectrum, there’s nothing more motivating IMHO than knowing that you are going to make a difference to the world at large. The sheer possibility, the idea that what you do will make a difference helps get you up and at ‘em. The other motivator is thinking about the legacy that you will leave – and I don’t necessarily mean for your heirs. It’s knowing what you will be remembered for that often keeps you going when things get tough
But it can also have the reverse effect, when you become so engaged with your idea that it starts to feel huge and unachievable. So, if you can, the trick is to break down your ambition into smaller chunks.
3. People are relying on you.
Whatever time of life you go it alone in your career, you will probably have family or other commitments. You may have even got some freelance associate friends who share clients with you. In each case, the responsibility for others is often enough to get you motivated.
4. You might have to go back to a ‘proper job’.
For many of us, this sends a shiver down our spine. The idea that, despite the uncertainties, you could lose your independence in return for a salary is enough to galvanise you to get things done. Many of us are proud of our independence too, and won’t contemplate a plan B. That would feel like failure.
5. Know how much you are worth.
Every freelancer and independent will tell you that the first time you get paid for something is one of the most motivating moments of starting out on your own. The key is to keep on top of the jobs completed, clients landed, sales recorded. If things are going well, it remains a motivating force behind you, a kind of validation. And if they aren’t going as well, it’s a constant reminder to keep adapting and looking for new clients that will appreciate the work that you do.
6. Set yourself a vision of the future.
Within at short space of time, it can be easy to get stuck with those everyday niggles of working for yourself. It’s important to keep reminding yourself what you want out of life and what you set out to achieve. That really helps you get through the days when you are struggling to do your pile of expenses!
7. Stop to think and dream.
It’s easy to get into a vicious cycle of overwork, lack of exercise and time for yourself. It really is important to take time out and do something different, and you’ll soon find that it pays dividends. Many say that their creative breakthroughs happen when they do that.
8. Get yourself Mastermind-ed up!
We are big believers in peer support and in particular Mastermind Groups to help you help motoring in your independent career. We hold them ourselves at KindredHQ, but there are plenty out there to choose from. There is nothing better than asking and receiving the help, ideas and support of your peer group to keep you moving forward. Try one out soon and you’ll soon be an advocate too.
Sound familiar? Let us know your tips in the comments below.