What do you do after you successfully complete a major project?
At the conclusion of a major project it’s business as usual, right?
Feedback from other freelancers, and my own experience, has led me to believe that it’s crucial for us to celebrate our business successes as they occur. Yet, celebrating success is something that many of us are not good at.
Four Benefits to Celebrating Business Successes
Here are four reasons why celebrating your freelancing successes will help your business:
- By celebrating, you acknowledge that something positive has happened. When you’re freelancing it’s easy to fall into the rut of thinking that you’re not accomplishing anything. Celebrating your successes can help you to overcome that feeling.
- Celebration breaks up the routine and can spark creativity. All work and no play is . . . no fun. Well, you know what they say about working ALL of the time. Taking a break to celebrate might be just what you need to jumpstart your creativity.
- If you won’t admit to your own successes, how can you expect others to be aware of them? Do you think that your work and efforts are under-appreciated by others? If you believe that, could it be because you don’t even appreciate your own work?
- It’s easier to remember your accomplishments if you mark them with celebrations. Taking the time to commemorate your achievements will make it easier for you to recollect them when it comes time to list what you’ve done (such as in a proposal).
Five Simple Celebrations of Success
Perhaps you haven’t been celebrating your business successes because you think that a celebration involves too much time or effort. Admittedly, sometimes a major success does call for an all-out celebration.
Most of the time, however, a celebration can be something simple and easy.
Here are five simple success celebrations that you can have today:
- Tell someone. Often just telling someone else that you’ve experienced a business success may be enough of a celebration – particularly if you confide your accomplishment to someone who can appreciate what went into your achievement.
- Take a break. Time away from work might be just the celebration that you need. If you’ve just finished a major project, celebrating that fact by taking time off can help you focus on more personal needs.
- Give yourself a reward. I know many freelancers who “treat” themselves when they have a major accomplishment. The “treat” can be a purchase of something that they’ve been wanting or even allowing themselves to have a special food or drink that they rarely get.
- Make a record of your success. It’s a good idea to keep a written record of your successes. While you may remember what you’ve completed next week or next month, it might be difficult to recollect exactly what your project entailed in a year.
- Exercise. A lot of freelancers spend hours behind a computer monitor. While the computer is a key tool for many projects, spending a lot of time in front of one can lead to a rather sedentary lifestyle. One healthy way to mark your successes is to get up and do something physical each time that you complete a project.
Of course, your success celebration need not occur when you are alone. Celebrating can be an excellent excuse to get together with colleagues, friends, and family in a social setting.
Did you accomplish something positive today?
What are you waiting for? Let’s party!
About the author: Laura Spencer is a freelance writer from North Central Texas with over 18 years of professional business writing experience. If you liked this post, then you may also enjoy Laura’s blog about her freelance writing experiences, WritingThoughts.