Writers, Stop Sabotaging Your Own Success

Allison Fleck
3 min readJul 17, 2022
Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash

There’s a reason they call us “ freelancers.” We are, by definition, free to work however we want, whenever we want. And yet, for some reason, many of us choose to work in ways that sabotage our success.

We procrastinate, allow distractions to derail us, and often don’t value our time and expertise enough. In short, we are our own worst enemy when it comes to freelancing.

If you’re ready to stop being your own worst enemy and start seeing some real success as a freelancer, check out these three tips:

1. Make a schedule and stick to it

The first step to taking control of your freelance career is to make a schedule and stick to it. This means setting specific days and times for working, and then sticking to them as much as possible.

Yes, there will be days when you need to take a break or adjust your schedule, but having a set routine will help you stay focused and on track. It will also make it easier to say no to distractions and focus on your work.

2. Set boundaries with friends and family

One of the biggest challenges for freelancers is setting boundaries with friends and family. We often feel like we need to be available 24/7, but this is simply not sustainable.

If you want to be successful as a freelancer, you need to set some boundaries. Let your friends and family know what days and times you are available, and then stick to those hours. This will help you stay focused on your work and avoid burnout.

3. Invest in yourself

As a freelancer, one of the best things you can do for your career is to invest in yourself. This means taking courses, attending workshops, and networking with other professionals.

It also means valuing your own time and expertise. Remember that you are a valuable member of the team, and don’t be afraid to charge what you’re worth.

4. Respect breaks

Last but not least, it’s important to respect breaks. When you’re working from home, it can be tempting to work all the time, but this is not healthy or sustainable.

Make sure to take some time for yourself every day, even if it’s just a few minutes. Go…

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Allison Fleck

Data analyst and life analyst. Proud maker of mistakes. A big fan of learning lessons the hard way.