Ways To Stay Motivated
After writing for more than nine months at Textbroker, meaghan admits that there are days where the “daily grind” has lost a little bit of its luster. At times like those, she keeps herself motivated with a few of the following strategies.
One of the most common complaints that I've seen from people online when it comes to earning a living on Textbroker revolves around motivation. Time and time again, I've run across Textbroker-related blog posts from frustrated people who insist that there's no possible way to keep at this kind of work day in and day out. In my very first blog post, I emphasized the fact that working on Textbroker is not a way to get rich quick; it's real work, and it requires dedication. After being at it for more than nine months now, I can admit that there are days where the “daily grind” has lost a little bit of its luster. At times like those, I keep myself motivated with a few of the following strategies.
Get Into A Routine
Most people excel when they stick to a particular schedule. Whether you are a schedule-oriented person or not, it's worth it to set some kind of routine for yourself in order to stay motivated – and to keep up with the goals that you've set for yourself. Personally, I'm a morning person and prefer to jump right into work as early as possible each day. That way, I'm generally caught up by mid-afternoon and still have plenty of time to get other things done. Regardless of when you choose to work, try to set aside a couple of hours each day where you can fully devote yourself to writing. If possible, find a quiet and comfortable place in the house where you'll have fewer distractions.
Set A Quota
Without a concrete goal, it's easy to become disillusioned and give up. Having a large goal in mind, like a certain amount you'd like to earn in a single month, is great; however, it's smart to break it up into manageable, bite-sized chunks. Set a daily number that, at minimum, you'd like to achieve. As long as you reach that goal, you're “off the hook” for the day. Also, there's nothing wrong with exceeding your goal for the day. However, avoid the temptation to say, “Well, my goal was $50 and I've made $75 today; I'll only have to make $25 tomorrow!” The next day, still work toward your usual goal. This way, you'll come out ahead and make yourself a nice little bonus at the same time.
Push The Limit
If you find yourself easily meeting your quota every day, a great way to stay motivated is to push the envelope a little bit. Bump up your quota by 10% or so every time you find yourself meeting and exceeding it on a regular basis. Many times, getting promoted to a higher quality level will prompt you to exceed your original quota; other times, a steady stream of work from a DirectOrder client will do the trick. Whichever way you get there, don't rest on your laurels – view it as a challenge to improve your earning potential.
In the case of DirectOrder clients, always try to get your feelers out there to see if any of your regular customers have any projects on the horizon. That way, you can plan ahead and have an idea about what the upcoming month will look like. If a major project is in the works, then you can plan on devoting yourself to it almost exclusively. If no major projects are in the pipeline, keep yourself busy with OpenOrders and on drumming up a few new regular clients for yourself. It's a great way to stay motivated.
One Day At A Time
I don't know about you, but if I start looking ahead to next year, next month – or even next week – I start to feel pretty overwhelmed. I prefer the “baby steps” approach, doing the very best that I can every day. Each morning, I promise myself that I will do my very best, and every night I consider it a successful day when I have stuck to that promise. Keep in mind that's there's always tomorrow, and that a “slow” day – one where you don't accomplish anywhere close to as much as you'd have liked to – is by no means a failure. Just get yourself up, brush yourself off and take comfort in the promise of a brand new day. On that somewhat cheesy note, I will wrap up this blog post. Happy writing, everyone.