I wrote the other day about not conflating your sense of self-worth with your work. That is particularly important on the days where your work isn’t going as well as you think it should.
When I started freelancing, I thought I would never have a bad day of work again. I’d be in control of my own destiny and, since I was going to do my best work without fail, every day was going to be more awesome than the last.
I don’t think this could be any further from the truth. Over the last five years of freelancing, I’ve definitely had more good days than bad, but I’ve had some days that were really, really terrible.
Most of the time, the bad days came because of something I couldn’t control. Maybe there was a storm and our power was knocked out, or my motherboard on my computer had a corrupted BIOS and wouldn’t boot, or a client was late getting me feedback but absolutely had to launch tomorrow because of some reason they hadn’t told me about.
There’s not much to do in these situations but buck up, do the best you can, and try to have a positive outcome to the day. Accomplish one thing and you’ll set yourself on the path to success tomorrow.
If you’re getting into freelancing and think everything will always be awesome, you’re wrong. Accept that fact, prepare to deal with it, and you’ll be better for it.