I’ve been in the new house for a couple of weeks now, and I am finally getting to a place where I can work on finding a groove for working. At the moment, my client gets all my attention. Which is fine, but I have my own projects that are being neglected.
Hopefully, all of that changes over the next few days.
While I still have quite a bit to unpack, organize, fix and clean, the house is coming along nicely. And I have this overwhelming sense of peace, here.
Finding a Groove Amidst Unpacking
Trying to get my own stuff done has been quite a chore. I try to focus on one blog post each morning and then jump immediately to client work.
After all, they pay my bills.
And after the live stream on Monday, I realize that I am getting a bit anxious to work on my own projects. I have so many ideas for content, both written and video, that I am filling up my Asana task manager.
Once finding the groove, I’m sure that I’ll be able to crank out some amazing stuff. Well, amazing to me and my fans and followers, anyway. In fact, a lot of what I’m planning out is by their suggestion.
The problem is that sometimes I get overwhelmed by all of the things I am working on. I feel as though some aren’t getting the attention needed to be a success and that I should clear my plate a bit.
But then I remember why I have so many projects going in the first place. And no, it’s not to drive myself batty. It’s because each one represents something of which I am heavily interested.
Why is Finding a Groove Important?
When it comes to being successful in anything, routines are quite beneficial. Once you form a habit for something, the task becomes far easier while taking less time.
And if you want to be successful, especially in this day and age, getting into a good routine can change your world.
Getting Back On a Regular Schedule
Working from home as a freelancer gives you quite a bit of freedom. You can make your own hours, be your own boss, and choose what to work on.
However, I find that having a specific schedule for work makes everything so much easier to accomplish.
For one thing, the majority of your clients could be businesses. Which means you might have to maintain a normal business-hour routine to keep those clients. After all, they may need to contact you during those regular hours.
Don’t underestimate the value of having a regular work schedule as a freelance writer. It may vastly increase your productivity instead of just “winging it” every day.
Finding a Groove to Improve Productivity
Finding a groove for your workflow is ideal for increased productivity. Part of this is discovering when you’re actually the most productive in your trade.
For me, I started as a writer working in the afternoons. That’s because I worked full-time for the school district and then tried to write at night. Once I was able to quit and write full-time, I found I was far more productive maintaining a 9-to-5 schedule.
Now, this is what worked for me. You might have other times in the day when you have a good flow going. Those are the times you want to schedule because it will help you get more work done and make more money.
No matter what kind of worker you are, more production = more income.
Making More Money
Does finding a groove mean you’ll become a millionaire in the near future? No. However, it will increase your chances of making more than you’ve ever dreamed of making.
In reality, I should change this point to something more related to value. Because not everyone focuses on bringing in tons of cash.
Case in point, getting a good flow going helps me reach out to help more people. This is something I don’t make a lot of money on, but it makes me happy. And that’s a key element to living the life I want.
Don’t get me wrong, I would love to make enough to buy some of the more cool stuff in the world today. In fact, taking a vacation that doesn’t involve work would be amazing. But I get quite a thrill when even just one person comments “thank you for this” on the YouTube channel.
Still, my original point stands. Getting into a good workflow helps you bring in more money at the end of the day.
Being Able to Afford the Really Fun Stuff
As I said, a non-working vacation would be amazing. I haven’t been on one of those in years. And at some point, I would love to travel outside of the continental United States.
However, none of the things I want to do or buy will be practical unless I get back into a good routine.
Putting in the effort to produce content people want will help bring in the money for the fun stuff. Whether it’s amazing posts for clients or viral blog posts, it all works to improve finances.
For instance, I have a Buy Me a Coffee set up on WriterSanctuary. One of my goals is to buy a piece for my computer that will let me use the Canon video camera during live streams. If I produce a great article and someone supports me, then I am that much closer to buying the part.
This means I need to focus on getting back into production mode and make something someone wants to read.
My point is finding a groove for yourself can lead to all kinds of amazing things later on. But the longer you wait, the longer it will be until you can afford to do the things you want.
I Still Have a Lot of Work to Do
Even though I’ve faced quite a few setbacks over the last eight months, I’m still doing better in 2020 than I did in 2019. I just need to keep finding my groove and really crush the remaining months.
Like I always say, “Effort dictates success.” And I have no doubt that once the house is put together, a lot of both will come. Overall, I’m still feeling pretty positive about my Year of Effort.
How are you weathering the storm of the state of the world?