CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You have your very first work at home task, but you are overwhelmed with performance anxiety. Heck, I still have performance anxiety today, and I have been working from home for 20-years. Nerves are part of the territory. If you find yourself anxious over working at home, You Are Not Alone!
You are not the only person who struggles with performance anxiety. If you are new to freelancing, you may suffer performance anxiety more than others who have worked-at-home years but trust me, you are not alone.
I still suffer performance anxiety. I have come to the conclusion its normal. Please don’t think you aren’t ‘cut out’ for working-at-home, or that you are alone. Many others are right here with you!
Create Rituals for Starting and Ending Work
Creating rituals to start, and end work may sound silly at first, but please let me explain.
We, as humans, are creatures of habit. We eat around the same time every day. We go to sleep around the same time. We wake up around the same time, you get the idea!
Observe yourself for a day or so. What are your rituals when you want to start work for the day, or you are finalizing your workday and are going to relax the rest of the night?
Do you drink a cup of coffee every morning before you start work? Do you sharpen pencils to get ready for the day? Perhaps, you prefer a short, brisk morning walk. Whatever your habit is to start and end work, pay attention to it, and use them to your advantage to give yourself a push in the tush to get working!
Unless you are crazy and insane like me, okay even if you share these wonderful characteristic traits with me, it’s still extremely important to be realistic.
If a job has come in for you to complete, and you are overwhelmed because you simply cannot complete the job in a time frame that YOU think is suitable be realistic. Don’t sweat the small stuff man!
I lost track of how many times I have told people “Rome wasn’t built in a day!”
Complete as much work as you can. Don’t be afraid to put your work aside if it is not due yet, and come back at a later time or day to complete it. After all, you have the luxury of working when you WANT TOO not when you are told!
Why You May Need To Force Yourself to Work
Believe it or not, there are still days after all-these-years I have to force myself to work, and I am willing to bet if you are suffering performance anxiety you may have to force yourself to get started as well.
It’s normal. It’s okay. Just do it as Nike says!
Sit down at your computer or phone, and start. Don’t go overboard at first. Work for a few minutes, and see how you feel. Sooner or later your task will get done, and you will feel so much better about yourself.
Why It’s Important To Reward Yourself
NO ONE and I DO MEAN NO ONE is going to reward you for a hard day’s work. You no longer commute to an office, and see your boss face-to-face.
Okay, so you may get a message saying you are a rock star, or whatever, but that’s not what I am talking about.
After you have completed a job, reward yourself with a favorite snack, a high-five, a long hot bubble bath, a nice stiff drink… whatever you fancy. You deserve to be rewarded for a job well done!