Freelancer’s Motivational Tool: Week Tracking Sheet v1

I have been suffering from the worst case of unmotivation that I’ve ever had in my life. I would really like to just read ALL DAY and not do anything else until Steve comes home. (Okay, maybe I’ll take a few sips of blackberry limeade every now and then.) My friends look at me oddly when I mention how lazy I’ve been feeling because they know me as the unstoppable super-productive person who types really fast, reads 50 books a week (slight exaggeration), works full-time, volunteers, and wrote a book on top of it all. Steve looks at me oddly when I suggest overextending our “fun” budget category to go eat out again because I don’t feel like cooking because I usually love to cook. I’m generally not feeling like myself.

I’m even too lazy to try to analyze why I’m unmotivated, which would probably be the first step to solving this particular problem.

Oh, my work is still getting done — and being done well, if I do say so myself. But let’s just say that the things I don’t have to do (including building out the HTML/CSS for my personal web site) aren’t getting done, and I’m wasting a lot of time gearing myself up to do the things I have to do.

“Do something for five minutes and the momentum will carry you through.” “Make it into a game.” “Set a timer.” “Use Dave Seah’s cool motivational forms to blast through projects.” The usual motivational tricks aren’t working for me. I really do think analyzing why I’m unmotivated should be the first step for real change. But since the thought of analyzing myself makes me tired, I’ve decided to try another form of motivational trickery on myself: Make a cool new form for myself. Better yet, make a form that addresses the main issue of why I need to be working — to earn money!

So — I give you my uncreatively named Week Tracking Sheet v1. Here is an example of it in use with made-up numbers (so you can’t know how poor — or rich — I am… bwa ha ha!):

Week Tracking Sheet example

As a freelance worker, the money I make is split across multiple projects and tracked across multiple Excel spreadsheets. This printable form allows me to consolidate the financial information; after I complete a task, I log how much money I just “made” into a column. At the end of the day, I total it up. At the end of the week, I can look at a grand total to see how I’m doing.

I tried to think of other uses for this form but couldn’t think of any. It would have to be something that you do and could log intermittently throughout the day, I think, with a hard numerical value (time, money, pages?) that you can add up at the end. Maybe for time spent studying? If you have any other creative ideas for how to use this, please share!

And if you’re curious — this did motivate me a little bit more yesterday when I used it. I’ll try to remember to share how I’m doing in the area of motivation during my week update(s).


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How to use it with a Junior Rolla/Circa notebook

Week Tracking Sheet printout

Print out on 8.5×11″ paper. Trim off right side .25″. Cut in half (at 5.5″ mark). Punch the top part of the form.


5 thoughts on “Freelancer’s Motivational Tool: Week Tracking Sheet v1

  1. Actually, I really like this form. I had found one as a budgeting tool, but it was hardcopy and they wanted a lot of bucks for it….

    Each column was a budgeted category, and the amount budgeted. The rows are the expenditures. As you spend from each category. the budget amount available is adjusted downward.

    This gives you a snapshot of how well you’re doing on your budget at a glance.

    Thank you for being so honest. I have weeks like the days you describe. I always assume people who get things done are all revved up all the time and it’s my defective character that causes me to become so unproductive.

    No, just two things: bad work habits (I get overwhelmed emotionally too easily) and no income directly derived from my work. It’s too easy to shunt it to one side as inconsequential as a result.

    Thank you for the reminder that even very productive people can get in a funk where their productivity is habit, rather than passion!



  2. Thanks for visiting, JKD! You’re definitely not alone in having productivity funks. 🙂 Please feel welcome to share again later if you’ve been able to use this form and how it’s worked for you!

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