Get Shit Done: The freelancer's guide to getting to work

I've always had a problem being motivated to do my work. It's diminished quite a bit since I started taking Vyvanse (seriously, it's a miracle drug). However, I still have days that I have a hard time getting motivated (today being one of them... which is why I'm writing this). I have a method for those days.

1. Get up from my computer/desk/work area, and go take a walk/shower/smoke break.

I find that walking away from what I'm doing lets me reset. I do a lot of good thinking in the shower, and I tend to plan out my day while doing it. It doesn't have to be a -real- shower, just 5 minutes under the running water will generally do it for me. (That isn't to say I don't take real showers everyday... but sometimes, when I can't get my head right, I'll take another just to reset.)

2. Isolate myself

It's hard to get work done when the world is distracting you. I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 280 Pros. They completely isolate me from the rest of the world. I'm not distracted by noises, or talking, or dogs barking.

3. Repetitive Noise

I take those headphones and put on a playlist or an album that I've listened to a hundred times over. This serves three purposes:

  1. Further Isolation: I can't hear -anything- outside of my own head.
  2. Familiar sounds: I'm not distracted by unknown or un-even music.
  3. Pavlovian Conditioning: Every time I hear "Intro" by Chromeo, I immediately go into work mode.

4. Take breaks

This is the most important one. A ten minute break every hour or two will help you refocus on what you're working on.

Now, if you'll excuse me, my Simple Mathematics work playlist is calling my name.