I love writing — mostly. However, sometimes it’s NOT fun.
As Looking to Launch a Side Hustle? Here’s What You’re Really In For | Brazen Life says, when you’re a freelancer:
“Be prepared for some resentment and frustration. Be prepared to get tired of the thing you love sometimes. It doesn’t mean you’re on the wrong path or that you don’t still love it. It just means it’s work. And work isn’t always fun.”
Here’s what to do when writing stops being fun
1. Take some time off
Leave! Get out of your office for a few hours, or for a long weekend. Taking a sanity break is always worth it.
Make it a complete break. Don’t take your computer with you. Yes, you can take your phone, but let calls go through to voice mail.
If you’re taking a longer break of a day or more, call your clients and let them know you won’t be available.
2. Talk to someone
A freelancing friend is best. Other freelancers know the “I’m sick of this” mindset, and will allow you to vent.
Working up a sweat will change your mindset. I like to go for long walks; I leave my phone behind, but I do take a notebook.
I’ve always journaled. Your journal is your compass. The real benefits of journaling become apparent over time.
Your journal provides both motivation and inspiration. It’s your external brain. Whenever you start a long project, start a journal for the project.
5. Say NO…
The big benefit of freelancing is that you CHOOSE with whom you want to work. If you’re stressed because a client is giving you hassles, feel free to fire the client.
6. Start a new project
Sometimes you just need to work on something else for a while to recover your equilibrium. I’m always working on several projects at a time. Starting something new always gives me a boost of inspiration.
7. Sleep on it
Sometimes you’re just too tired.
You’ll have a fresh perspective tomorrow.
Sweet dreams. 🙂
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