Tips For Freelancers Struggling To Manage Stress

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By Lynne Gowers on 21st August 2013

Tips For Freelancers Struggling To Manage Stress

Self-employment may come with a number of perks attached but it is far from being problem-free. Freelancers have only themselves to rely on and this can sometimes feel like too much of a burden. Unlike regular employees, contractors do not have the security of a guaranteed income and this often leads them to taking on huge workloads. While the financial benefits of this are obvious, it is also likely to result in stress and anxiety, which can in turn affect the quality of work. For freelancers prone to such feelings, PCG has prepared a list of five tips that should help keep stress at bay.

Balancing work and life

The association of independent professionals starts by pointing out that an ability to multi-task is not actually a prerequisite for freelancing success. In fact, recent research from the University of Utah has established that people who concentrate on one task at a time are likely to get more work done than those juggling several tasks at once. It is therefore better to do things one by one.

PCG also recommends that freelancers start their working day by preparing a to-do list, preferably arranging the tasks in order of importance. It’s important to remember that things do not always go according to plan, so any unforeseen interruptions should be accepted calmly.

Freelancers will find it difficult to deal with stress unless they learn to take it easy. This means making time for small diversions such as an hour of TV or a refreshing walk.

Sometimes a project requires more time than a freelancer has pencilled in. Working on important contracts out of hours may win you points for dedication but this should be the exception rather than the rule. In other words, schedule your working hours responsibly and consider every eventuality.

Last but not least, you have little hope of avoiding stress if you take every bit of criticism to heart. The key is learning to ignore harsh comments from clients that will probably never cross your path again.

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