Freelance Tips: How to Cope with Spring Fever When There's Work to Be Done

Written by Dina Giolitto,

We all know how glorious those first warm days of spring feel. The trees are blooming,repparttar birds are singing... boy, it's sure hard to keep your head out ofrepparttar 135790 clouds whenrepparttar 135791 skies are blue andrepparttar 135792 sun's shining brightly. But if you're outside enjoyingrepparttar 135793 warm weather... who's running your business?

Spring fever is a notorious distractor for those of us trying to earn a living on our own. There's no stern manager telling us we'd better hurry back from lunch. There's no one to stop us from cutting out early and cruising down torepparttar 135794 local outdoor restaurant, slipping on our jogging shoes and heading off torepparttar 135795 park, or venturing over torepparttar 135796 mall for a reckless afternoon of shopping for spring fashions. So with no Big Brother to scold us, how can a freelancer keep springtime distractors from affecting productivity? Here are seven tips.

1. Shift your schedule forward or back a couple of hours. If you normally sit down to work at 9 a.m., try getting up a couple of hours earlier. You can wind down at about 3 p.m. and haverepparttar 135797 afternoon/evening for yourself. Or, if you're not a morning person, ease into your day with some mindless activities; spend some time out of doors. Settle down to business at about 11 a.m. and work through to 7 pm. While you're doing this, remember all those poor nine-to-fivers who can't enjoy such a flexible schedule!

2. Break up your work day into sections. Feeling blocked, and/or restless? Don't fight it. Sitting there for hours trying to get things accomplished when you just can't concentrate is only going to makerepparttar 135798 problem worse. Spend a couple of hours doing work, and then if you need to, take some time out to clear your head. Chances are, when you return, you'll be primed for productivity. And don't forget that sometimesrepparttar 135799 greatest ideas are born whenrepparttar 135800 sun goes down!

3. Take a vacation. Sometimes you just have to give your body what it's asking for: a rest! If work is overwhelming you torepparttar 135801 point that you just want to get in your car and drive away, then maybe that's what you should do. Even just a few days away fromrepparttar 135802 computer will do wonders for your mind, body and spirit. Take a long weekend for a scenic retreat. You'll be amazed at how much better you feel when you get back!

4. Start setting goals on paper. If you aren't doing this already,repparttar 135803 spring season is a great time to get intorepparttar 135804 habit of setting practical goals. Having that list you can check off is a really handy way to be efficient. It's sort of like being inrepparttar 135805 grocery store when you aren't inrepparttar 135806 mood to go shopping! Write downrepparttar 135807 things you need to accomplish and set a completion date (or time) for each task. Set small goals overrepparttar 135808 course of a work week, and bigger goals over a span of a month or two. Refer back to your list frequently, and don't forget to reward yourself for your accomplishments. You'll soon come to realize: goal-setting really helps keep you on track!

Overcoming the Fear of Selling

Written by Kara Kelso

For many of yourepparttar Fear of Selling is a huge challenge and obstacle for you from day to day. The first thing you need to do is find out exactly what it is you're afraid of. Are you afraid of success? Believe it or not there this is an actual fear of some folks. Are you afraid of failure or rejection? Do you fear being perceived as being pushy? Do you (secretly of course) fear that your product may not meetrepparttar 135789 expectations of your customer? You can't come up with a solution if you don't know whatrepparttar 135790 problem is.

There's a huge misconception in direct sales being that you think you're 'imposing' on your friends, family or just a customer in general. As long as you feel as though you're are. You need to love your product and feel as though you are offering a service. You're filling a need.

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