On the 31st of December, between all of the chocolate, the champagne and the general decadence, you start to play back the past year in your head and all of a sudden you feel shockingly conscious that tomorrow is January, with all of its resolutions and new beginnings. While they might seem easy to stay true to at first, these resolutions can be hard to keep in the long term as they are often synonymous with drastic changes. The trick is to choose an easy field of action for more efficiency. Here are our top 3 New Year’s resolutions for 2019.
Get your priorities straight
It may seem easy said like this, but it’s the key to success. If your schedule is starting to look a bit tight, think more like the ant than the grasshopper and stop one project before starting another one. If not, you can end up missing deadlines, rushing work, and then the production line starts to break down. Manage your time and your priorities above all.
Let’s say you have a big project due in one month, but around the same time you find an opportunity to write articles about something much closer to your heart. Don’t dig yourself into a hole, say no and accept your own limits. Your work will improve.
Is one of your articles giving you a headache? You think you’ll never be able to deliver it in time? True, maybe, but instead of allowing yourself to be overcome by stress, dare to take a few moments of pause in your work. Breathe, listen to classical music (which is known for its positive impact on concentration), use essential oils, get some fresh air… Basically, take a break. The line between your private and professional spheres can prove to blurry when you are a freelancer and it’s important to, once again, know your limits.
One of the freelancer’s biggest problems is the feeling of solitude. Today it no longer needs to be a burden and there are plenty of solutions to join your colleagues: co-working, social media discussions, conferences, seminars, etc. Maintaining healthy communication with people outside of your usual activity will also allow you to take a step back and improve your own development. If you notice that you and several other freelancers are working on a similar project, why not exchange by email about the difficulties you might be experiencing on a certain article? Discovering that you are not alone will boost your confidence and the feeling of support will improve morale.
Well, what are your resolutions this year?
Translated by Ian Treanor