How to Overcome a Lack of Willpower as a Freelance Writer

November 10, 2017


Do you find yourself struggling to find the energy to complete simple assignments? Do you put writing tasks off until the last possible minute? Does it seem like you don’t have the time to get everything done?


I’ve been there too. In fact, I’m there now. I’m lacking willpower.


But as a freelancer, your success depends solely on you. There isn’t anyone there to keep your feet to the fire.


So, how do you deal with a lack of willpower?


Realize You’re Not Alone


Many solopreneurs struggle with willpower. We all don’t always make the best choices or use our time wisely (hello 3 hours spent watching dancing kitten videos on YouTube!).


Willpower is not something that comes naturally for most people. What appears to be willpower from an outsider’s perspective is often somebody’s meticulous routine. Their success has more to do with momentum than motivation.


Set Yourself Up for Success


To set yourself up for success, you need to take that first baby step, such as a productivity trick, to get you started. Once you’ve established this as a routine, the momentum will take over. I use the following productivity tricks to get the ball rolling if I’m feeling unmotivated.


Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy


This method suggests doing the biggest, baddest task first (called eating that frog). After you complete your worst task for the day, everything else should come easy.


Pomodoro Technique


I wrote a blog all about this productivity method. Basically, the Pomodoro technique requires you to work for 25 minutes before you get a break.


Set a Timer for 15 Minutes


If you think you can’t handle 25-minute time chunks, it may be easier to set a timer for 15 minutes. Spend this time working without distraction.


Willpower is a critical trait to have as a freelancer, but don’t fret if it doesn’t come naturally to you. Remember – get up, get ready, and get to work, whether you feel like it or not. Good things happen to those who hustle.




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