The life of a freelancer brings with it a multitude of benefits. Especially in the current climate. At a time
when we’re al;l getting accustomed to the mixed blessings of working from home, managing our time
effectively and getting the most out of every day, we’re all picking up (whether we’re aware of it or not)
the skills that make for a happy and rewarding career in self-employment. Why wait around for crumbs
from the corporate table when you can seek out your own opportunities on your own terms? Why
endure the inequities of corporate wage repression when you can take your skills directly to your
clientele? Why wait for an opportunity to be promoted when you can increase your income in direct
proportion to your hard work and endeavor?
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But, of course, if life as a freelancer were easy, everyone would be doing it. You’ll need to establish a
framework for consistent productivity. And without the safety nets that most salaried people take for
granted like sick pay, paid leave and a regular fixed income, your ability to live and eat will depend on
remaining consistently productive. And while we’ve already talked about some essential tools for
freelancers, we also need to talk about the freelancer’s friends. The productivity pals. The little things
that could make a big difference in enjoying happier, healthier and more productive working days. For
Natural light is such a relatively tiny and simple thing. But it can make a huge difference to your working
days. The presence of natural light can make you feel calmer, happier, more energised, more creative
and better able to focus. Is there any wonder why it’s called the “number one office perk”? So do all that
you can to keep them nice and clean and streak-free. What’s more, if your windows have a view of your
garden you get the added benefit that comes from being able to see plants and trees. Which brings us
Don’t make the mistake of trying to plough through your workdays as quickly as possible. Inevitably
you’ll get tired, you’ll get frustrated and your work days will actually be longer. Instead, try and space
short but meaningful breaks out throughout your day. And, where possible, you should take them away
from your computer and desk. Spend a little time in the garden. Breathe fresh air and spend time with
plants. Relax in privacy with Taxus Baccata by Hedgeplants Heijnen and other awesome hedge plants.
Breathe the subtle perfumes of nature. Maybe even take a moment for some mindfulness meditation.
You’ll return to your desk feeling happier, lighter and more rejuvenated.
You can’t be consistently productive if you’re chomping down chocolate bars and chugging back coffee
after coffee. All this will create is dips and spikes in your energy levels as you ride the caffeine and
sugar high, only to come plummeting down later. Your kitchen could be your greatest aid in the battle
for productivity when you use it to prepare healthy meals and snacks. Nuts and seeds, green and
criciferous veggies and berries are all great foods for keeping your mind sharp and preventing the belly
grumbles that can derail your productivity.