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Cosmive says

Hey Guys,

I have a full time job from 1pm – 10pm, and mostly work on weekends. I’ve got some problems in my personal life and could really use some extra money. As much as I want to work here on ThemeForest, I find that I can’t focus. I end up browsing, playing games or frustrated

I was wondering how you people balance work and life? How do you stay focussed and disciplined? How do you plan work? What’s your schedule like? Any suggestions for a lazy person like me? Anyone else in the same boat as I am?

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Shaktal says

Hello Cosmive, I also sometimes struggle with the work/personal life balance, and I’ve countless number of unfinished projects, but when I hit a good idea, I persevere at it, and end up producing something that is of great quality, and I enjoy making.

I think the key is to develop your good ideas, and not to push yourself to do anything, if you force yourself to do something, it won’t turn out as good as it would have if you’d taken your time on it, and done it with a clear head.

It’s very hard when you have a full-time job, and you’re trying to earn an extra income, personally, I do it for enjoyment, if I’m not working then I’m making something all the time anyway, I put my files here (mainly on GraphicRiver atm), because it’s nice to make a little bit of money, but my main incentive is not the money.

Sometimes I have very lazy uncreative periods, but during those I normally do programming or read about physics, something that doesn’t require creativity to do. :)

I hope that you crack the lazy spirit soon. :)
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Hy-Studio says

Hi Cosmive,

Like you I’ve had the same issue some time ago.

But what I found a way to balance out my full time job, girlfriend, family, friends and developing/designing for Themeforest (for the extra cash).

Since now about 2-3 months I’ve made a some kind of agenda with “rules”, so for example, on Mondays I normally design/code for TF, Tuesday is spending time with the misses, Wednesday it’s “game evening”, thursday coding for TF, and so on.

This gives me now a great balance to do both the designing and coding for TF (which I love to do) and also with the misses, family and friends.

Since 3 months I feel myself really less frustrated, less stressed, relaxed and I can sleep better now.

It’s all about finding your own ritme and try to stick with it. There are some days that I’m lazy and I don’t find the courage to code or something else, what I do then on that day is put my sport cloths on and I’m go jogging for about an hour, after that you’ll feel less lazy ;)

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Shaktal says

Doing sport is a great idea! :)

I should have thought of that, next time I have a lazy period I’ll go out running, great way to get out of the lazy mood (release of Seratonin and endorphins are great for the mind!). :D

Thanks Yaeko,
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VagrantRadio says

I find that opening Dreamweaver and looking over the site I’m working on, my mind starts to focus and once the clickity-clack of the keys start to happen, I forget all about everything that’s going on.

Design is how I get away and take my mind of of things for a while, it’s my stress reliever so I always look forward to it.

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Hy-Studio says
Doing sport is a great idea! :)

I should have thought of that, next time I have a lazy period I’ll go out running, great way to get out of the lazy mood (release of Seratonin and endorphins are great for the mind!). :D

Thanks Yaeko,
Thomas

No problem mate ;)

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Cosmive says

@shaktal

Thanks for your comments. I agree with the ‘do what you love’. And do agree that pushing oneself for creative work does not produce good results. It’s usually the coding work I find myself lazy at. Lolz.

@yaeko

Thanks man, your suggestions seem really practical and useful. Will try and make a schedule similar to yours.

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Bluz says
I find that opening Dreamweaver and looking over the site I’m working on, my mind starts to focus and once the clickity-clack of the keys start to happen, I forget all about everything that’s going on. Design is how I get away and take my mind of of things for a while, it’s my stress reliever so I always look forward to it.

Couldn’t say it better myself. :)

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VisualSharing says

I have the same problem and I found Yaeko’s agenda very helpful.

What I do to cure my habit of distraction is that I often change the PC with some other activity. It’s very important and good for the brain to alternate between mental activity and physical activity.

For example, I make a list about my current project – an outline of what works the website requires (First – the main activities: design a logo, make a wireframe, do some usability testing, convert to design… then break every of them into smaller ones). When I complete some small activities from the list, I get off the PC to do some other work (throw the garbage, go shopping, cook myself a dinner, have a walk with my girlfriend). The bigger the completed project activity – the bigger the break.

It helps a lot.

Also try to consciously control yourself. If you want to play video games but you have work to do, think about the benefits of finishing your work – you’ll feel better, you’ll make money and solve some of your problems, you’ll know you can deal with problems etc.

You could have a look at the article How to Overcome 20 Reasons Not to Become a Freelancer, especially “6. You Have No Self-Discipline”.

Now I’m back to work, because I’ve just spent too much time on the ThemeForest forums… d’oh!

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Mladjo says
I find that opening Dreamweaver and looking over the site I’m working on, my mind starts to focus and once the clickity-clack of the keys start to happen, I forget all about everything that’s going on. Design is how I get away and take my mind of of things for a while, it’s my stress reliever so I always look forward to it.
I more than agree with you. Thanks.

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