One of the icings in a cake of being a freelancer is that you own your time. You can make
a decision whether you will accept a project, or rest to bond with your family or load
yourself with jobs to make as much as you want to earn. Considering these benefits of
freelancing, time management is of essence in order to make the best out of this business.
Here are some tips:
1. De-clutter your Work Space. A clean and organized workplace especially your
work desk helps you to think better and clear.
2. Make a To-do-list. Before jumping into your work chair, jot down a list of the
things that you have to accomplish within the day. Make a priority list and cross
items out one by one after accomplishing. Seeing your list all crossed out at the
end of your work day gives you a sense of fulfillment.
3. Set a Time Frame or Target Deadline to Complete a Task or a Project. This will
set on you a professional mindset of sticking to your goals and accomplishing it
in time. It will also give your clients finite expectation on the completion of the
project thus, creating trust.
4. Managing Interruptions. It’s a fact that no matter how you want to just nail
your focus on the tasks at hand that you want to finish, there will always
be interruptions that will break it up. It will be helpful to categorize your
interruptions into 4 types: 1st important and urgent tasks (deadline works); 2nd
important but not urgent (relationships, bonding); 3rd not important but urgent
(emails, calls etc.); 4th not important and not urgent – time wasters. Within the
four, you must learn to focus more on the 1st and 2nd and avoid 3rd and fourth as
much as possible.
5. Coordinating Task. As a freelancer, it is a compliment that you are offered many
projects that most often you could no longer handle. But turning them off is not
a practical solution; instead, look for it as an opportunity to help others. You can
carry the task out for a fellow to do it for you – and being an indirect employer,
you can earn from it without working hard, just being a middle person.
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