Hey there colleagues (and buyers!),
Lately, I was pondering this topic and just felt like sparking a discussion on it with the people who will probably relate best, fellow Fiverr Sellers.
In my six years as a freelancer, I can safely say that I’ve managed to learn a thing or two. Important stuff.
Stuff like sales funnels creation, persuasive copywriting, WordPress development. The things that enable you to make a living.
What I seemed to neglect, however, is the impact of holistic management of yourself (or lack thereof) can have on your productivity levels.
During my years as a Fiverr Seller, experience showed me a peculiar trend. On most months, I would make 70%+ of my monthly income in just 3 or 4 days (around 15% of my workdays).
I wondered why was this happening?
On some days, I just felt what some business gurus would call “in the zone”.
My focus is impeccable, my creativity shining through, my brain working at 110%. Any topic I needed to write on, no matter how knowledgeable on it, I felt like I had such a plethora of ideas bursting in my mind so quickly I had to prioritize each paragraph I was writing as I’ve had 5+ thought-out ideas for that paragraph, and I’ve had to choose which one was the most excellent/outstanding before moving on, genuinely feeling each of them were good.
On other days, however, my mind would wander off to YouTube, Twitter, Television… Urging me to passively browse content or simply “zone out” mentally. These days were my least productive days, although I’ve worked for the same amount of time as my productive days.
This led me to wonder… What if I could increase the number of productive days significantly? My calculations showed that having 10 of such “in the zone” days instead of 3-4 would more than double my average income.
This in turn led me on a long path of figuring out what works for me, which makes me tired, what I should avoid… And I must say, I’m still figuring it out.
The things that seem to skyrocket my productivity are completely unrelated to the act of working (for me, writing) itself. They proved to be standard “everyday” habits that I developed over the years without giving them too much thought.
As it turned out, working out (running) for 1h in a local mountain range outside my city seemed to skyrocket my productivity and creativity while lowering my stress levels.
Quitting coffee did the same. So did removing negative people from my life. Not to mention learning to preserve my energy, be more grounded, and not waste time on unnecessary things.
When I think of it, could it be that the real secret to the immense success of successful people (besides of course talent, hard work, intelligence, favorable circumstances) could be simply developing a daily routine that makes every single one of their days “I’m in the zone” days?
Do you have a set routine you follow? Did you find out some of your habits are contributing to your performance greatly and some take away from it equally significantly? Would you share what are those habits?
I look forward to exchanging opinions with you!