It begins innocently enough. You turn on your computer to do something that will help boost your freelance writing game. You think: “I’m gonna finally write that blog post I’ve kept putting off!”
Thirty minutes later, you’re clicking on cat videos. An hour passes by and you’re now buying things online. By noon, you look up and realize it’s time to make lunch.
You mentally punch yourself in the face for letting half the day go without doing anything productive. By the end of the day, you’re in a rush to get work done with the little time you have left.
This used to be me for a long time. Eventually, I learned that I kept getting sidetracked because there was no one to tell me what to do. I thought, “Where’s a bossy boss when you need one?” You know — the kind of boss who makes you jump in your seat when he hovers behind you?
Nope. The beauty and curse of freelancing is that you don’t have a boss. While that’s generally a good thing, it can be a bad thing when it comes to being productive.
So what’s an easily-distracted freelancer to do?
Make a different kind of boss. It’s called a schedule.