Since 2013 I have worked as a freelance web developer, and failed at it badly. Luckily for me, I unraveled the mystery of my failure fast enough to mend the broken pieces and got back on track.
The main two issues I had are quite common among self-employed people who work from home. First, I’m not an organized person (and never have been) and second, I get easily distracted. Working from home can multiply these problems on a daily basis, not only affecting work but also the way we live. We might end up missing deadlines or overworking, which can even cause burnout.
In order to tackle these problems, I decided to work with day-to-day goals. Achievable goals. Every morning I would ask myself “What?” and “When?” and then I set to work knowing my tasks and approximately how long they could take me. The vital part of this technique is to be certain that your goals can be reached; that they are indeed, achievable. Goals must be clear and have an accessible deadline.
When I began to apply this system I became more organized and productive, it may not work for everyone but fortunately it did work for me.
Besides trying to be more organized with my tasks and times, I also push myself to celebrate achievements and take some time off from computers. Reading, watching a movie or simply rubbing your cat’s belly can be great activities to relax!