Like an Insatiable Beast, Moving Took Over My Life for One Week
It’s way too easy to put off making cold calls.
No excuse seems too small to grab my attention and force me to do its bidding, thereby keeping me from doing the inevitable to grow my career. Preparing lunch, walking the dog, paying a bill, cleaning out an email box. In the moment, they all seem more worthy of my time than picking up the phone and calling a stranger to ask him or her to hire me.
Even writing a blog post is easier to do! And that is where I find myself today as I pen this entry for this blog.
I have been in this spot many times over the years (decades!) that I’ve been a freelance writer. I know the drill. I will engage in a long list of tasks before I will finally pick up the phone and make the first cold call.
However, these days I actually have a good reason for delaying the start of the cold calls I need to make: I moved last week. As most people know moving is one of the most disruptive, time-intensive, high-stress activities a person can endure. However, I thought I would still be able to work a bit last week. How naïve I was! I won’t bore you with the details, but moving is a major beast.
I had even written, “Write a freelance blog post” in my day planner. Yet, still this task got push off, like so many others. Only the most essential tasks related directly to moving got done — and even a few of those to-dos were pushed off until the day after I moved.
The weight of not doing any of my work-related projects hung heavy on my mind. I especially felt guilty for not keeping my new freelance blog members up-to-date on the status of my project to rebuild my freelance writing client base. I felt a responsibility to live up to my promise of chronicling my process. Of course, I didn’t do anything last week to find clients, so there wasn’t much to report.
Move Over Excuses — Cold Calls Will Be Made
But this week all bets are off. Yes, most of my possessions are either still in boxes or scattered around my new apartment. But today I will not be distracted from what I consider my most important to-do: writing this blog post to my fellow freelancers.
While I still haven’t made the first cold call yet, there is actually a lesson in all of this that I want to share. It is this: Be careful with the excuses you make that keep you from doing what needs to be done to build your freelance business. It’s all too easy to spend days, even weeks, distracted by laundry, exercising, talking on the phone with friends, or whatever comes up. Weeks can go by with little progress.
However, on the other hand, there are occasionally legitimate events in your life, like moving, that will disrupt your best-laid plans. At those times you have to focus on them and get them done – and do it without beating yourself up.
But get back on task as soon as possible — and focus on what needs to be done to build your freelance business.
Case in point, this week will not end without me starting to make cold calls to prospective freelance clients. I will report my results to you before the end of the week — even if I’m hungry, the laundry piles up, and my dog needs a potty break!