Freelance Lifestyle – How to Deal Happily With Your Daily Freelance Work

By Chiara Grassilli
In Freelancing
Jun 24th, 2013

Freelance Lifestyle – How To Be More Productive By Being Happier

Freelance Lifestyle - How To Be More Productive By Being Happier

Freelance lifestyle can be challenging. You spend an awful lot of time at the computer, not moving, not talking with anyone.

Sometimes you get stuck because of one sentence you cannot grasp the meaning of.

You start getting frustrated, frustration brings stress, you can-t focus and time becomes unproductive.

There are a few, simple things you can do to be a happy freelancer.

All my tips are based on what I believe must be your objective: balance between mind and body.

Just because our work is mainly mental it doesn’t mean that we have to forget our body! If you don’t feel phisically good, your mind will not work properly either.

So, how can we feel fine and be happy throughout all our working day? Here are my tips to enjoy your freelance lifestyle:

1 – Start your day with vitamins and mineral salts. Your mind will be more brilliant and your body will feel much more energized.
2 – Remember to drink water throughout your day. Again, keeping your body hydrated makes it work better. Seems obvious but some people forget to drink for the whole day!
3 – Don’t look at your emails every five minutes. This will only make you feel more anxious. Decide 2 or 3 moments in the day when you’ll check them. In this way you’ll control your email, and not the opposite way round.
4 – Find the time to work out. The beauty of being a freelancer is that you can organize your time as you prefer. It shouldn’t be hard to find one hour a day to run, walk or go to the gym. This will release stress and provides your body with a tremendous level of serotonin, also called hormones of happiness. I don’t need to explain why it’s good for you.
5 – See some friends, see your boyfriend or girlfriend or make at least one pleasant call a day. It requires 20 minutes probably, but the contact with other human beings will make you feel much better if you work isolated the whole day, and I guarantee that you’ll work much more happily afterwards!

I also really enjoy Ben Matthews’ tips and Laura Spencer’s “7 Top Freelancing Secrets to Help You Balance Your Freelancing Work and Your Life”.


What are your best strategies to work happily?

Share your tips and make the world a place of happily working people!

“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.”
Ralph Marston

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Since an early age I have been passionate about languages. I hold a Master's degree in Translation and Interpreting, and I have worked as a freelance translator for several years. I specialize in Marketing, Digital Marketing, Web and Social Media. I love blogging and I also run the blog

15 Responses to “Freelance Lifestyle – How to Deal Happily With Your Daily Freelance Work”

  1. Santhosh says:

    Nice article. Meditation for atleast 10 mins will be a positive addition!

    • Chiara Grassilli says:

      Hi Santosh,
      thanks for your comment. Yeah, definitely, meditation is a fantastic way to increase your focus. For some people though it is more difficult than work! 🙂 Hope you can benefit from it.

  2. This definitely is a very motivating article. Even if we really love our profession, we need to take things slowly, to get the best satisfaction for a job well done. Personally, I love you so much my profession, so I take note and implement the recommendations of Thierry Jamez, for me to achieve the greatest possible happiness.! Thanks for sharing your ideas with everyone.

  3. Lineimar says:

    It is a good idea to talk about this, Chiara. If we are not a very disciplinated persone, it should be hard to get a balance in this job. It is also nice to see that I am not the only one who has this kind of distraction like reading our emails. Thanks!

  4. Carla Vásquez says:

    Great tips, It will be very helpfull =D

  5. Reading this article makes me already happier, thanks.

    • Chiara Grassilli says:

      Dear Vere, thanks for your comment,
      this is the best compliment I have received about an article. I’m happy to improve the mood of someone with my words. 🙂
      Keep in touch

  6. Joy Lewis says:

    Thanks for sharing Chiara. I make sure that for at least an hour a day, I go to the gym or take a long beach walk or do some yoga. And every hour, I move away from the computer and perform eye/neck exercises for about 10 mins.

    • Chiara Grassilli says:

      Dear Joy,
      that sounds great! I bet your productivity increase dramatically after you clean your mind with a walk on the beach. Keep up the good work!

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  8. Samar says:

    Very useful article, I would like to add self-rewarding for accomplishing tasks on time.

    • Chiara Grassilli says:

      Hi Samar, you are definitely right, self rewarding is important to keep us motivated. thanks for the comment, keep in touch!

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