5 ways writers can deal with stress and pressure when working, and dealing with clients.
How do you cope with Stress as a freelance writer?
It is no secret that the job of writers also comes with stress. The majority of the time, this stress comes from figuring out where the next high paying job will come from, and how can we make more money to get us through the month.
As freelance writers, we must learn to control our stress, or else it might feel like it can consume us.
How do we deal with stress as writers?
There is more than one way to deal with stress when we work. There is also more than one way to cope with angry or difficult clients on a daily basis. There have been a handful of times when I've HAD to drop a client, and handed them off to another writer, because I simply did not think that I could do the work that they wanted from me. They had too many restrictions, and it felt as though they just did not like the work I had to offer them.
Although I do not suggest you start dropping every client you have because they give you too much work, you should simply make sure you do not overwhelm yourself with too many deadlines, where you have close to no time for yourself.
There is no reason why you can not schedule your work around your daily routine.
When Dealing with difficult clients, during an already stressful day, learn how to say NO.
To me, there is nothing more stressful than dealing with difficult clients while trying to get through a difficult day. There are days -I have them quite often- where I just cannot handle all of the workload on top of the criticism that I get from my clients, when I have to deal with several deadlines at a time.
This is a huge NO-NO for me, and when it comes down to the bottom line, I get very little work done. When this happens, I've learned that the only way to get any work done during the day, is to simply say NO when a client is too demanding. There is nothing wrong with saying NO to a client, when you know that you have too much work, and you need to get other deadlines done. Sometimes it is best to leave a hard job until LATER to make sure you get important work done in the present.
Learn how to schedule your work, and still be able to take breaks in between deadlines.
Unless you can finish all of your work in one day (if so: CONGRATULATIONS!) I suggest you learn how to schedule your time more efficiently. One of the most common problems that too many freelance writers have is that they jam pack their day with work, thinking that they can finish every single assignment that they get. As much as we can work, we still need to think about ourselves, and the every day things that we need to get done at home, and for ourselves.
Taking breaks in between deadlines, or while we have a deadline can actually keep us more calm and focused through out our work day. Freelancers who take at least 2 ten minute breaks through out the day, get more work done, than those that do not take any breaks, and simply work all day long. Their work is better, and they have more patience.
Stress + Writer's block= A disaster!
Have you ever experience those days when you just can not seem to get anything done work wise? I mean, you simply can not seem to formulate a single thought about work, and you can not come up with a single sentence. When this happens to me, It is usually a combination of writer's block, and stress. These two equal a complete disaster, since I seem to get them at the worst possible time.
What's the solution to these problems? The only thing that works for me is to focus on something else for a couple of hours. Sometimes the only thing that helps us relax when we get so wound up is to just let go of every single worry that we have. It may not be easy, but it does help.
Getting help running your freelance business.
I recently hired two writers to help me get through February, since I overbooked myself with too many private clients, and when trying to keep up with my account on Hubpages. When I asked other writers for help, I honestly thought my earnings were going to drop, on the count that now had to pay two other writers for the work that I should have gotten done on my own. This thought scared me, so I decided to give my new writers half of what the project was worth, plus help them find their own private clients.
To many freelance writers, giving up a little bit of control is just too overwhelming, and just can not be done. However, to me this was the best move I've made yet when it comes to my business. When I hired two new writers, I was able to get more work done, and although I now have to share my earnings with them, I am also able to help them advance their careers.
This is a win-win for them, and me. This can also work for any writer, if they are willing to work with someone else, and give up some (not all) control over their business.
Since I hired two new writers, I've also been able to schedule more work, and my earnings show it!
Have you visited the sand man lately?
Do you get enough sleep? If you don't, then you definitely need to sleep more. Working when you are tired is one of the primary causes of stress. Not only do your emotions get in the way, but you are also in danger of having emotional breakdowns. I make it a mission to take a nap at least once a week, or every time I can to keep my head fresh. It may not be much, but it definitely helps!
Every freelancer will say that they have a full day ahead of them, and that it is simply impossible for them to get a nap for at least 10 minutes everyday. I say: try it, and see what big of a difference that makes for you!
Taking a nap or getting a full 8 hours of sleep every night can be difficult for those of us that love to work, or simply have problems sleeping. However, when we relax, and take the stress out of our everyday lives, people find it that it is like taking rocks of pressure off of our shoulders, and this helps us get more done through out the day!
Try these tricks and see how it makes you feel!