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August 20, 2017
 

Staying Inspired & Creative as a Freelancer

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If you are currently working as a freelancer like me, then you probably started out working with all the creativity, vividness, spunk and freshness in the world. However, as more time went by, you probably started getting sick of work, started panicking, or just completely lost any motivation and inspiration in your work from time to time. Am I right? Well, you're not alone. Fortunately, I can help you avoid this catastrophe from now on, though. Read on.

Breathe

This might sound like common sense, but you really need to just breathe and stop stressing out so much whenever you can't come up with a creative solution for one of your clients. Instead, let the creativity come to you - and the best time to do this is when you are more relaxed. Yes, studies show that creativity comes naturally when we are in a relaxed state, so you can actually produce the best results by clearing up your mind. This means that if you ever feel a stress attack coming on from trying to think up creative ideas for work, head out for a nice stroll in the park for a while. Taking in the flowers and the greenery happens to be a great way to relieve stress and develop your overall understanding of art at the same time. Plus, it will help you become much more creative at work - believe it.

Get inspired by other people

Another great idea would be to look for various websites related to your line of work. If you need to come up with a new web design in a few hours, for example, just visit websites like CSSmania. Of course, you shouldn't copy too much of any of the designs that you see. Just get some ideas and make them better. Remember: copying other people's work is a complete no-no in the freelance world.

Exercise

That's right. Strangely enough, exercise can help your mind work better, so you can come up with more creative solutions for work. See, exercise releases certain hormones and chemicals into your body, which will activate your brain cells and thus help you come up with a great piece of work. Interesting, huh?

Eat

On another note, your diet can help your brain function more, too. Whenever you freelance, your brain needs to stay awake, right? Well, eating too many sugary snacks will actually release too much energy too fast, so you are only left with a very short buzz afterwards. This is why you should eat foods that are more balanced while you work instead and which have the right mixture of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. If you do this, you will end up having a much easier time doing your freelance work and you will feel a lot better as you work, as well.

Take a break

Never forget to set some time aside to experiment and practice your freelancing skills. If you are into freelance writing like me, then write some creative short stories every once in while. Conversely, if you are into freelance graphics design, then make several professional business cards for yourself on Photoshop. Doing these things will increase your skill levels in your field of work and help you become more daring and creative in your work since you are practicing the art for leisure purposes.

Working in the freelance world gives us a great opportunity to choose our own work style, so try to take full advantage of this and vary your schedule as much as possible in order to produce better results in the end. Besides, if you work better, you'll end up getting more work, right?

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Chuck
September 3, 2011 - 5:22 am
My hat is off to your attuse command over this topic-bravo!
 
Arnel
July 10, 2011 - 4:18 am
Exercise keeps you going for the rest of the day. It also minimizes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Repetitive Strain Injury especially when you exercise using dumbells and do pushups. Additionally, exercise keeps our belly flat. ^_^ and clears our mind.
 
 
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