Online writers are a curious breed. We choose our career for the freedom it offers us, while cursing said freedom daily. Writing is a job that requires enormous amounts of self discipline. Unfortunately, most writers are inherently freedom oriented. We want a job that allows us to be creative, yet, we have chosen a job that requires us to tie ourselves down. It’s a constant contradiction. As a result, there is one vow made and broken in the course of a writer’s day. What is it and how can we break the cycle?
The vow: Spend less time on social networking – More time writing.
Working as an online writer requires a great deal of networking. We support each other. We read each other’s work. We give each other advice. We share information about potential job opportunities. We bond. We form communities. We communicate with our readers and clients. All these things are necessary for online writing success. Still, every day, we tell ourselves we need to spend more time writing and less time networking. Is there a viable solution?
Working for play instead of “work before play.”
We don’t want just any 9-5 job with those old time rules attached. We want one that affords us some flexibility. We usually hear “work before play.” For some free-spirited online writers, this sounds like drudgery. Working for play seems like more fun. Even when we had conventional jobs, some of us wondered exactly what we were working for, didn’t we? I know I did.
It’s so much easier to concentrate on the work, when a happy life is the reward. Is a happy life defined by spending your entire day on Facebook? Of course not. So, rather than putting off the work, why not get it done and get out there in the real world?
How much time in your day is spent on necessary work anyway? Why go back and forth between social networking and writing all day long when you can get the work done in a few hours, do the needed networking and have a short, sweet work day? Isn’t that why you started doing this to begin with?
Ignore the set schedule
Those who have an aversion to being told what to do, even by themselves, may not do well with a timed schedule. Instead, time your schedule according to your work load. Like this: “OK, I’ll write x number of articles today and submit them. After that, I’m free for the rest of the day.” That free part will sound so good, you’ll breeze through the work and be on to the good life before you know it.
Stop being so hard on yourself.
Nothing makes my work day go slower or drives me onto Facebook faster than a list of required activities. That’s true, whether I make the list or someone else does. So, instead of having elevated expectations, I try to elevate my attitude.
Rather than bogging myself down, with self hatred, I bring myself up by thinking, “This is going to be a piece of cake, nothing to it. Then, after I’m done, I’ll spend some time at the park or ride my bike. What a gorgeous day this is going to be. I love my job! What a great way to earn a living. It hardly feels like work at all!”
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