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Freelancer Burnout: How to avoid it

Discussion in 'Finding Balance' started by djbaxter, Jan 14, 2017.

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  1. djbaxter

    djbaxter Administrator Moderator Member

    Freelancing can be a lonely world with a lot of frustration and a lot of hard slogging. This article focuses on advice primarily for freelance writers but I think some of the tips are more generally useful as well.

    Freelance Burnout and 10 Ways to Prevent It
    by Chris Henson, SearchInfluence.com
    January 13th, 2017


    How effectively do you think you manage "freelancer burnout"? What strategies have you tried to prevent or recover from it?
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2017
  2. Travelingsarah

    Travelingsarah Member

    Really like what this article had to say.. I'm a travel agent who has always loved to write. I'm thinking about trying to get some articlesppublished.

    I believe there has to be balance in everything that we do. I never work on Sundays. Always go to church and then usually do something with friends after.. I take vacations when my family gathers.. Love to read when my work is through each day
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  3. azgold

    azgold Moderator MVP Member

    I didn't. Then I became gravely ill and hospitalized for 4 1/2 months with GBS. Then I didn't write anymore, completely lost the desire or will to do so. It'll be five years next week and I still would rather do just about anything.

    I used to write from the time I got up til the time I went to bed. Client stuff first always, then my own. I didn't have much in the way of life balance, wasn't much interested in doing anything but writing and finding clients. I didn't think it could hurt me, I was doing what I wanted to do. I was wrong.

    Burnout doesn't just maim creativity, it hurts your physical body, too. Or at least it can.

    This is a more important topic than a lot of people realize. Thanks for shining a light on it, DJ.
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  4. Valerie Hart

    Valerie Hart MVP

    Great read!
    I may be just beginning, but I try to stick to a schedule. When I'm out of the house, I'm working. When I'm home, I'm relaxing only to answer emails if it is quick and urgent. I do, however, need to work on setting "Mini Goals." When I tackle editing a new book, I try to edit in parts instead of smaller chapter groups. Lately, it has been putting more pressure on me to finish a job quicker than I'd like. It is definitely better to manage smaller goals alongside a not-too-generous amount of time allotted to finish an edit as thoroughly as possible.
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  5. Julia Sta Romana

    Julia Sta Romana Member

    I can empathize. Working from home, sometimes it's hard to walk away from your work. So what I did was to create clear divisions between my home life and my work life. I have a work schedule that I stick too as much as possible. I don't work outside of my home office. I don't check work emails on my phone. I turn off my wifi on the weekends. Any work emergency can wait until office hours.
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  6. Eanatum

    Eanatum Member

    Just don't wait for the last second to do all the work, I found it practical to do it little by little so by the time the deadline approach I'm right on track.
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