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Freelancer Distractions: How to Remove the Distractions in Freelancing?

Updated on March 23, 2012

The major hurdle and hindrance in reaching the top of the freelancing career lies in a simple technique, that is, to avoid all the possible distractions that a freelancer faces every other day. There are many possible distractions that can hamper in your way to success. To read about the possible distractions, read: MOST COMMON DISTRACTIONS IN A FREELANCER’S WORLD

In this article, we will try to state the possible and the most effective solutions to mitigate and remove these possible and most common distractions of a freelancer’s world. Following is the list of all those mandatory tasks that you need to do in order to be free against the ever-annoying-distractions.

1. Bye-bye to Social Networking Websites

2. Stop Checking Emails

3. Cellphone

4. Tata to Music

5. Schedule

6. Not an Errand boy

7. A separate place

8. Clean Environment for Creativity

9. Managing Work load to avoid distractions and keep yourself motivated

10. Stop looking for work!

1. Avoid Social Networking Websites:

Social networking websites like Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter etc. are one of the biggest distractions for a freelancer. Avoid using them at the time of your work. Manage the schedule accordingly and pay a visit at these social networking websites in your break time to avoid any possible distractions.

2. Stop Checking Emails:

Do not bog down by the beeps of your incoming Emails. Apart from a major distraction, checking and replying to your Emails all the times will not do you any good. Generally a good habit may be to check your Emails in the morning, at lunch, and before signing off for the day, or, checking it after every session of 3 hours may also prove to be good, however, it heavily depends upon your work load and the amount of your receiving Emails per day.

3. Cell Phone:

Aha! Here comes your biggest enemy – The lovely old cell phone. Do not let it hamper your work and progress. Switch it off and throw it away (gently!). You will see quite an improvement when you decide to work without your cellphone in near proximity of your body!

4. Tata to Music!

Many people wrongly believe that by listening music, they excel in their work; however, this is not true at all, and this is basic common sense. I am a musician myself and I tend to listen a lot of music while I work (I still do!). But I have experienced that if I do not listen to music; my productivity rate almost doubles itself. So, when I realize that I am on a short and tough schedule, I just turn off the music and easily complete the deadlines.

5. Time Management & Schedule:

Having a proper time schedule is necessary for every freelancer to avoid the possible distractions of this brightly sparkling world. You will know that this is the time for your work, and you need not interact with the other things. Having a time schedule also increases your output and efficiency.

6. Avoiding Surprising Visits:

One of the disadvantages of being a freelancer include that your friends and families often take you as a person, who is ‘free’ all the time. A freelancer is often treated as a jobless person, who has ‘nothing to do’; although, the truth is far beyond this. If you manage your schedule, and tell every person in your circle that these following hours are being scheduled for your work, and any uninviting visits in these times will not be entertained; you will do yourself a favor and it will minimize a lot of distraction for you.

7. A Separate Place:

If you have an office setup, then it will be a really good thing to have. However, if you do not have the luxury to install the basic office setup for yourself, it is always advisable to have a separate working place in your home, where the least amount of distractions should be waiting for you. Having a separate place can also have many other advantages, like you can keep and save notes within your reach, and you won’t have to stand up and search for the things (notes etc.) that you now need, hence mitigating the possible distractions.

8. Clean and Uncluttered Work Place:

Always keep your working place clean and uncluttered, which will help you to enhance your creativity level and in mitigating and minimizing the possible distractions.

9. Manage your Work Load:

Manage your work load and do not let a tough and hectic set of tasks bog you down. If you keep managing your work load, you will be more energetic and up to the task, and you will eventually be distracted a lot lesser than you would have in the other case.

10. Stop Looking For New Work!

One of the biggest distractions for a freelancer is to keep looking for new work all the time. Stop looking for new work, when you are working on your current project. It will increase your efficiency, minimize the possible distractions and will help you to provide better quality services to your clients. However, this is a very delicate thing to manage. If you completely stop in your search for new work, you will be very vulnerable once your current project finishes. It will be wise to set a time aside for sending your queries and bids.

The key here is the determination and commitment, and if you will be focused enough, you will surely avoid all these distractions; it is not that difficult. Best of luck!


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    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You look like you have a lot of things in your hubs i may can learn from. Like you so far I have not written for money but now I would like to. Maybe I can learn from you.

      Voted up and across. Thank you.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Casey: These are good tips. If you are not bothered by the constant 'bossy' time tracking system, you can check out a software, titled 'Time Doctor'. I do not use it, as I do not feel good when I am bogged down while I am working; however, I appreciate the software. It is an excellent masterpiece in fact, with tons of features.

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      Casey Strouse 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Here's what I do:

      - turn off my wifi

      - use my pomodoro app

      - turn my phone off

      - listen to music with foreign lyrics that I can't understand

      I get tons done when I can stick to this but often times I get through a few pomodoro sessions and then get burnt out. The trick is to force yourself to use some sort of time tracking system and analyze where you're wasting the most resources (time and effort).

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @SubRon7: I'm glad for you my friend. Best of luck :)

      @Bianu: Spot on! Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Bianu 6 years ago from Africa

      Lovely write up and all so true. Being a freelancer means you have to be more disciplined to make a success out of it.


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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      A very interesting hub, my friend, and I agree with all your entries, and actually had to laugh at #6, about friends and family "attitudes", yes, most of them do not understand at all. In case you've been wondering, I've finished the book about worst-of-the-worst criminal, Les Paul (about 67,000 words.) I'm projecting being at Amazon right around February 5th, and Smashwords sometime later. Title "The Light at the End of the Tunnel" Good to see you back at Hubpages, Hunbbel. I have wondered about you. Again, great hub! Thank you,

      James W. Nelson


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