DEFEATING DISTRACTIONS AS A FREELANCER
Freelancing is one of the most unconventional jobs out there. And working as a freelancer is not as glorious as it sounds.
Yes, there are perks but there also pitfalls.
One of the main pitfalls of freelancing is distractions. You get distracted when you become too comfortable and realize that there is no one to watch over you, and hold you accountable.
This knowledge is dangerous because it transforms into the devil on your shoulder telling you to put things off for later, aka procrastinate. Or, it tells you about all the fun things you could rather be doing. Work? Meh.
Distractions are the root of all problems when it comes to productivity. Once you conquer distractions, you are ready to conquer anything. So, get ready to learn to fight them.
FIGHTING DISTRACTIONS 101
Ditch Social Media
Social media is your no.1 enemy when it comes to distractions. With the widespread popularity of social media, it is very likely that you are getting sucked into the virtual world and wasting time on it.
Ergo, it is time to quit your addiction or at least, wean yourself off of it. Only check your work-related stuff and stay off social media.
If people don’t show up online, they show up offline. We have all been there, you are in the flow for a minute, the bell goes and poof, back to reality. You are left with lovely intruders and are back to square one.
To avoid this, set boundaries and put yourself in the do-not-disturb mode. You can even hang a do-not-disturb tag at your door. Just saying.
Schedule household chores
You start working, get into the flow, and come back hungry only to realize that you forgot to make lunch. Terrible. This is a classic example of a poor work-life balance.
This is also the reason you need to schedule your household chores. Scheduling prevents you from overdoing, forgetting, and mismanaging your household task so that you don’t end up with a burnt pizza.
Mails, the one thing that working professionals cannot do without. Especially freelancers. Many of us are guilty of leaving our emails unopened and collecting dust. This makes it hard to find what you are looking for because you have to sift through all the junk first.
The only solution to this is to maintain an Inbox zero. Inbox zero is a 5 step process to clean your inbox and can work wonders.
Did you know that you can waste up to 3 hours switching between various work apps and different windows? Yep, you waste around 180 minutes. You might think that this is unavoidable. But it is.
How? With Akiflow.
Akiflow is specially designed to cut your work distractions by 90%. It allows you to write emails, contact people, create tasks and events, set reminders, get your ads report and analytics data, fix meetings, access files and so much more, from one place. No more switching apps. Just focus on what’s important and Akiflow it.