Many of us have several clients we write for on a daily basis. We complete one client’s project and move right on to the next client’s project, and so on until our clients’ projects for that day or night is complete. The problem, however, is sometimes after we’ve completed the first client’s project we find ourselves unmotivated to move on to the next client. This is completely normal, but don’t stress out about it, because there are solutions.
Now, before I get to the solutions, I’d like to let you know that none of my tips for staying motivated will include heading over to Facebook or Twitter. Yes, I’m guilty of the doing the same thing. I’ve found myself chatting on Facebook or Twitter many times before moving on to my next client. I truly thought if I spent a little time reading my friends’ status messages, commenting on some and posting a few of my own, I’d be ready to tackle my next client’s project. Boy was I ever wrong! Facebook and Twitter are a big no, no when you’re trying to stay motivated, and here’s why: they’re addictive. You know I’m right. You get there and you just don’t want to leave. I have no clue why they’re so addicting, but they are.
Once I learned that Facebook and Twitter weren’t going to keep me motivated, I tried a few other things, and they all worked for me, so I thought I’d share them with you.
1. Take a walk. Taking a walk helps clear your head, and by the time you return, you should be ready to tackle the next client’s project.
2. Soak in a nice warm bath or unwind in the shower. There’s nothing as refreshing as a bath or shower. You’ll relieve any stress and re-discover the energy you need to continue working.
3. Walk away from the computer for 15 to 20 minutes. You can put a load of laundry in the wash, fold a load of laundry, load the dishwasher, dust some furniture or do anything else just as long as you’re not near the computer. Sometimes all it takes is a short break to prevent burnout.
4. Listen to a song that inspires you. Take a few minutes to listen to one or two uplifting songs. One of my personal favorites is I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me.
5. Say a prayer. When all else fails, ask the Lord to keep you motivated and bless you with words your clients and his or her readers will love. Trust me, friends, prayer won’t fail you.
Hopefully these five tips for staying motivated when writing for many clients will help you. And remember, you MUST avoid Facebook and Twitter until you finish everything on your client to-do list, because odds are you won’t stay motivated once you start Facebooking or Tweeting with all your friends, family, readers and fans. 😉