Four ways to fight the freelance funk
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How many times have you found yourself slumped over in your computer chair, you reach for your coffee and try to muster up the strength and excitement to get through one more hour of work? Maybe you’ve been going through this as recently as last week. The feeling of doubt and self loathing sweeps over you, causing your work ethic to drop and your spirits to plummet. But there’s hope.
There are ways you can fight the freelance funk and get yourself motivated to make magic happen. Some of the best tips on fighting freelance funk are laid out in this very article –written while I was in a design funk by the way. So if you’ve found yourself in a slump lately, check out these tips and see if you don’t come out at the end of this article more energized and ready to rock.
Tip #1: Do something completely different
Burn outs happen and when they do, it’s good to notice it and move onto something else. For instance, when I write articles for this blog I usually do it when I’ve been designing for a while and I’m tired of being in Photoshop. By taking the break to write, I allow my ‘creative’ brain to rest and then once it’s time to get back to work I feel refreshed and ready to complete the tasks at hand.
Doing something different can also mean going for a walk, reading a book, playing with a pet or listening to music. Anything that can get your mind off of the current work for a bit can greatly help you recharge your batteries. Maybe doing absolutely nothing is exactly what you need? Take a day off and sleep, lounge around on the couch and never touch your phone or computer (this includes, but is not limited to: laptops, desktops, tablets and phones).