It’s been seven months since I decided to leave my previous vocation and build a writing and editing business. I’m happy with how things have gone so far, while also acutely aware of how much more there is to do.
The greatest challenge has been staying focused, both “in the moment” (no Facebook!) and on crafting a long-term strategy that is open to questions but immune to doubt.
I’ve written a couple of posts on here before about the first prong of that pitchfork, the struggle for short-term focus. I can’t imagine there’s any characteristic more predictably found in successful freelance writers. Successful anyone, for that matter. But those of us who manage ourselves are particularly screwed if we drool away minutes and hours chasing after every blip that tempts our brains.
There are a lot of solutions offered for this major problem. Three interesting ones are described in this Harvard Business Review article. I’ve been trying some of the mental tune-ups over at Lumosity.com.
Nothing is a magic bullet, but I am pleased to have the motivation to focus better. My livelihood depends on it more than ever.