Practicing Regularity in Your Freelance Life
Our lives are topsy turvy. Schedules change, income is always in flux and, ultimately, no one month is like the next. While there is something thrilling about the constant shifts, it’s also very hard to find any sort of regularity.
Regularity or lack thereof might seem of low importance and something that just comes with the “gig” but I think it’s important to understand a) what regularity is and b) what it can afford us when it’s present.
Regularity is “recurring at fixed times; periodic”. It is often “long-standing or habitual”.
We know that habits, good or bad, are ultimately what stay consistent within our work because by their very nature, in order to be a habit, it has to be something that is regulated. Therefore, seeking out regularity as part of your life / work structure as a freelance creative entrepreneur is a must. So…let me beat this horse into the ground…if regularity helps to create something that is “recurring”, “long-standing” and / or “habitual”, we need it to cultivate the good habits we want to continue to incorporate into our overall flow.
Here are some examples of potential opportunities for more regularity:
- Weekly Creativity
- Networking Efforts
- Marketing (social media, press and the mighty list goes on)
- Self Produced Projects
- Work hours
Start by making a list of the things you would like to regulate. If you don’t know what to regulate, take a look at what categorically seems to be needing the most help business wise. You’ll probably find a few pieces that could use some consistent attention ;)
Next, break those pieces down into specific, micro efforts.
Finally, schedule them and stay consistent.
Try regulating these specific pieces for at least 3 weeks to see if their benefits will show themselves (Hint: they will).
By Joshua Morgan for Artist’s Strategy.
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