Today, people working in various areas discuss time-management, productivity, and inspiration. Among others, freelance writers seek for these things too. And they really need them. Writers should remember that all the aspects of success rely on the key element – self-discipline.
What Self-Discipline Means to a Writer
There are different viewpoints on self-discipline. Some people are sure that you have to push yourself out of your limits. Others think that it is enough to work as if you are working in an ordinary office. The point is that the achievements are individual for each freelance writer. First of all, they all have different goals. But the reason why they see self-discipline from different angles can be psychological as well. A procrastinator, for example, needs tons of self-discipline to start working at least. A workaholic, on the other hand, needs the self-discipline to pace the working process not to get exhausted before the goal is achieved. So, the only thing that is 100% true about self-discipline is that this is the effort that pushes us to ACHIEVE our goals, not simply chase them.
Why It Is So Important
Any writer who works from home has to be self-disciplined, no matter whether it is a novelist, a paper writer, a copywriter, etc. There are plenty of people who work in the same building with their boss and manage to postpone important tasks. Isn’t it obvious that a person who doesn’t actually have a boss needs to control him or herself even harder? But the concept of self-discipline is much deeper than just working hard. Besides doing what you have to do (in due time), self-discipline pushes a freelance writer to become a better professional.
Self-discipline is also a combination of skills, habits, and tricks you play on your mind to make yourself achieve your goal day after day. For example, if you don’t have a deadline to meet now, there are plenty of ways you can spend your working hours. These ways have to be connected with your professional activity. This can be researching, boosting your writing skills in different areas, or reading books that other people read for fun. Writers read them for inspiration.
The Ways a Freelance Writer Can Improve Self-Discipline
If you feel that you lack self-discipline, there are several simple ways you can boost it. Each of these ways and their combination will help freelancers writing about any sphere of life.
Find the Root of Your Procrastination
Self-discipline and procrastination are not antonyms. Even writers with the best writing skills can procrastinate from time to time. This can be a psychological peculiarity. There is hardly a contemporary person who hasn’t postpone a thing. And it is fine unless you suffer from it. When seemingly harmless things, like another game on your smartphone, turn out to be a problem that doesn’t let you start working – deal with it! Ask yourself what is the reason for your procrastination. If this is the task you don’t like, you will just need to force yourself into doing it. If the task is too vague, use the way below.
Set Realistic and Clear Goals
Writing like Shakespeare or earning like Gates are great… dreams. They may even come true because dreams have such tendencies if you don’t forget to do something for it. However, to be successful, you are to have goals, not dreams. A goal you don’t believe you can achieve isn’t better for your productivity than a dream. A vague goal is even worse. So, it is vital to set clear and achievable goals. Tracking your success will be easier in this case, and it will also be easier for you to start working each day.
Treating yourself for small achievements is an indelible part of motivational practice. But such rewards can be a great tool for improving self-discipline as well. First of all, rewarding should be strictly monitored. In case you have any difficulties with it, you should keep track of treating.
Think of a Suitable Schedule
Many professionals advise working within your biological clock. It is true that some people prefer to work at night for a number of reasons, like not being able to focus during the day-time. But your personal preferences and psychological peculiarities are not your biological clock. You may feel more inspired and concentrated at night, but the lack of sleep causes constant stress. You might not even notice it before it’s too late. Try to find the time when you are more productive, maximize your productivity, and make it long-term (which won’t allow you to work each night.) You can work for several hours in a row, but it is more beneficial to make small breaks every 25-30 minutes.