Guest post by Lance Cody-Valdez
As writers, it can be hard to meet our work goals while still managing stress levels due to looming deadlines or taking on too many projects. Many writers often find themselves feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and exhausted, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some tips to help reduce stress and anxiety while still meeting your work goals as a writer and growing your brand.
Use Tech to Get Organized
Having a plan and tools for tackling workloads can make all the difference when it comes to feeling less stressed out about meeting deadlines. Consider using project management software or task tracking systems that allow you to easily track your projects and tasks without feeling overwhelmed by complexity.
Set Realistic Goals
It is important that we set realistic expectations for ourselves, especially when it comes to how much we can get done in a certain amount of time. Do not overextend yourself by taking on too many projects or setting unrealistic deadlines. Instead, take the time needed for completing each project while also considering the scope of tasks associated with them. Setting realistic expectations can help you avoid burnout and stay motivated.
Deep Clean to Improve Your Focus
We often forget about the importance of decluttering our homes to improve the positive energy flow throughout our living spaces, but it does make a difference. Set aside a time each week for deep cleaning and decluttering to prevent dust accumulating less quickly. Keep your writing workspace tidy and organized so that everything is easy to find, as this can clear mental space so that you can focus on what matters most. Getting rid of clutter helps reduce feelings of anxiety, making it a crucial step in your self-care plan.
Reset Your Sleep Schedule
Getting enough sleep is essential when trying to manage stress levels, but many writers struggle with this. Sleep deprivation is linked to increased levels of stress hormones, a weakened immune system, and poor emotional health. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night. If you are having trouble meeting those hours, set a regular sleep schedule that you can stick to every night. This can help you get the restful sleep you need in order to function at your best during the day.
Give Yourself Regular Breaks
Taking regular breaks is key when it comes to reducing stress levels while working towards any type of goal. Make sure that you permit yourself to take breaks throughout the day — even just ten minutes here or there can help reset your mind so that you feel refreshed and ready to go. Additionally, do not be afraid to move around during these breaks. Going for walks outside can do wonders for relieving built-up tension in body and mind.
Protect Your Business
If you are running your own writing business, or freelancing full-time, consider forming an LLC (limited liability company) or other legal entity suitable in your country. This will protect your assets from any potential liability associated with your writing business, meaning less stress and worry when it comes time to file taxes or handle other financial matters. Use a formation service to handle the paperwork, which will save you money on attorney fees.
Finding ways to reduce stress is a crucial component in staying motivated and growing your writing business. Fortunately, there are online tools that make this easier, from LLC formation services to apps that help you be productive and organized. By taking steps to protect your mental health, you can ensure that your business is on track for growth.
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About Lance Cody-Valdez
A few years ago, burned out and miserable from his job in corporate marketing, He decided it was time to invest in himself. He quit his job the following day and used his meager savings to stay afloat as he built a career as a freelance writer and content marketer. He created free-lance-now.com to help others use freelancing to escape the 9 to 5 daily grind.
Click here to check out his website.