It demands time to get a freelance business; it takes time to build yourself, and it needs time to earn money. All of this can be nerve-wracking and cause countless restless nights. For better time management, consider our next five tips:
Before starting a freelance activity or freelance project, you should think first about where you want to go. A goal should be clearly defined. This way, you will have one clear direction, and this will help planning your time.
If you do not know what to do, then there is no point in planning time. You have to study the projects that you’ll do the next day. This way, you’ll be more organized, and the time available will be used efficiently. Try to name tasks with short but representative titles.
Organizing your work will reduce most of your lost time. Organize your computer files, depending on the projects you are working on. Organize your emails in folders using various filters. Do not let any mail “unprocessed.” If you’re asked to do a task in the mail, but it immediately in the “To-Do List”
By organizing your schedule, you can often accommodate all kinds of non-work aspects of your life that are less available to those connected to cubicles, whether that means hobbies, family, or personal wellness.
As a freelancer, it is essential to determine the type of tasks that you’ve set. There are tasks necessary or less critical, urgent and vital, long or short. Combining these features and assigning tasks will get you information on which you can determine the order in which you’ll execute what you have proposed.
Once you start working on a task, focus on it. Remove everything that can distract you: phone, TV, etc. And if you start doing a task, finish it without taking other projects. You don’t want to get to have ten tasks simultaneously, and none of them to be completed.
Even if this advice is easy to follow, it has great importance. If you think you need a break, take a break. Do not forget that you are human. During breaks, talk to others who freelance, learn from their experiences. Grow your ideas.
Each evening, before going to sleep, reflect on what you’ve accomplished that day. Prepare yourself for the next day by preparing your top three priority items for the morning. When you punch in the next day, tackle those tasks before you even look at anything new.