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I know it's easy to say just relax or go exercise, but what I'm noticing is that there's so many things to keep track of as a freelancer and sometimes one just pops up in my head and distracts me and creates anxiety/stress. I'm even having stomach cramps from time to time possibly due to this.

Things like:

  • Remember to follow up
  • Organize tax documents/forms
  • Reply to a client
  • Send invoice
  • Keeping track of feedback and requirements

The thing with freelancing is that clients contact at scattered times throughout the day. I may wake up in the morning and see an email to address, and I may be enjoying my night when I check my email and see a new message.

It's just difficult to get my mind off of freelancing and all the clients' demands and all the emails that need replying, etc.

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    It looks like an observation. What is your question here? Apr 19, 2023 at 16:18
  • Maintain a TO DO list and stop being anxious.
    – user4521
    Apr 20, 2023 at 8:47

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I think improving your time management will help. The overarching theme is organizing and structure.

Try getting a (used) book on time management. It will probably cover topics like:

  • Eisenhauer principle
  • ABC analysis
  • ToDo vs. calendar entries
  • Reserving time slots
  • etc.

After a little practice you‘ll stop being triggered by each and every Email or call. Don‘t forget: clients contact you, because you have something to offer.

P.S.:

It's just difficult to get my mind off of freelancing ... and all the emails that need replying, etc.

May be raising your charges/price a little bit helps clearing the field as needed?

  • those sensitive to price only steel your time anyway
  • at the correct balance the increase in revenue at least compensates fewer clients

Just some extra thoughts.

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