Working from home makes scheduling a challenge. It’s so much easier when someone else is telling you what time you have to be somewhere or when something is due. Most of us get into a routine to help combat the time sucks that take us away from the tasks that we have to complete. The problem is that routines themselves can get us so stuck doing the same thing over and over again that we are missing things that we truly need to pay attention to. There are always new ways to innovate. The pace of technology and invention is breathtaking, and it’s important to keep eyes and ears out for things that can help you. I am going to detail some points that have come in handy in my own life for breaking away from my own inertia and helping me continually innovate.
In my own life I have found it vital to sit down periodically and figure out where I want to go. Setting goals is important, and continual re-examination of existing goals can help you see new ways to get where you want to go. Many of the things that we all know we should be doing, like for example social media posting, we don’t do because in order to create a workable system we have to invest a fair amount of time. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the time investment, why not think about outsourcing your posting, or seek out an expert to help you come up with a system?
Life intertia is a powerful force. Once you get going in those aforementioned routines and get comfortable, it can take tremendous energy and effort to break free. The most important thing, when you’re seeking to break out of your routine and find a new direction is to not give up. No one can expect to come up with a new direction and immediately execute it perfectly. Mistakes happen. Stumbles happen. The important thing is not the mistakes in and of themselves, the vital thing is to get up and keep going towards your goal. Learn from what went wrong, dust yourself off, and soldier on. You will get to where you want to go if you apply your energy and determination, and do not allow anything to get in your way.
Another recent life disovery of mine has been the power of choosing to say I can, rather than I can’t. This sounds so simple, and it is, but I cannot articulate the number of people that I have seen blocked from their own goals simply by thinking of the reasons they cannot get there first. Choose this–think about where you want to go, and don’t allow yourself to consider why it won’t work, and instead think about how and why it can. If you can free yourself this way, there are very few limits to what you can accomplish. Of course there are life circumstances, health problems, and other things that are unavoidable, but even with those things, the important thing is to get back up again and keep moving towards your goals.
The last thing I want to highlight is the importance of having a support network. Not only your family and personal friends, but people in the industry that you can trust. The people who understand your professional life, but that you don’t have to be professional with. Having people like that in your life is equally important with the other things I said above. Professional friends keep you accountable, they can understand the convolutions and craziness that underlie our business.
There is more to voiceover than recording, invoicing, searching for work, and editing. It’s important to step out of the booth and invoke your own power to change your life and better it. Why not take these steps in the new year? You will consistently surprise yourself, I know I have.
Next week I’ll be taking you through a list of 10 ways to use Social Media wrong.