Weekly Reading: Inspiration for Working Independently
As a creative, you might identify as a freelancer—someone who eschews permanent employment from one place to pursue multiple opportunities. Or you could just take on passion projects in addition to your regular work.
Either way, when you’re working independently, it’s key to not only stay excited about what you’re doing, but to also work smart and stay productive. Keep those things in mind when managing projects and voila: You’ve got a formula to ban burn-out!
Check out this week’s round-up of great reads to help you stay on track while working independently. Because when it comes to staying self-motivated, inspiration always comes in handy.
Red Lemon Club is a resource for creatives and entrepreneurs of all kinds to help them grow both their skills and their client bases.
Run by Alex Mathers, a London-based writer/illustrator, the site regularly features great posts from Mathers and contributors on everything from manifesting your ideas to getting attention for your product to winning clients.
This post from Mathers encourages us all to create work that we like and enjoy, not just because a company asks for it, to stimulate our creativity in the long-run.
The pull to multitask is a strong one. If you’re in front of a computer, or have a phone nearby, it’s easy to do many things at once: check email, update social sharing platforms, listen to a song, skim through an article...and work.
How can you conquer the distractions to hone your focus and work smarter?
Fast Company outlines the tenets of SMART, a brain-training program that emphasizes focusing on one thing at a time, adopting different perspectives, and distilling information to up your mental game.
A haven for freelancers and small business owners alike, Millo has heaps of articles that you can turn to in times of need for a pick-me-up. Check out these 6 concrete tips to help you do more as a freelancer.
Kurt Vonnegut proffers some touching wisdom via Freelancers Union.
In this letter that Vonnegut apparently sent to a group of high-school students, he advises them to pursue art in any form. Better yet, to practice just for themselves.
Even if you’re far beyond high-school stage, we’re all perennial learners; make the time for your creative process to help your “soul grow,” in the words of Kurt.
Get your zen on.
Leo Baubata’s blog is based on finding peace in daily life and reworking derailing habits.
In this post, he tackles the elephant that hovers in the room: procrastination, the enemy of many a creative working all on their own.
Read for inventive and thought-provoking tips on why taking the time to stop wasting time is a good investment.