8 Ways How Successful Freelancers Master Productivity
Whenever someone says the word “freelancer”, people tend to imagine a person doing easy jobs from his computer, at home. That’s not quite right! Even without the additional challenges of productivity mastering, building a career in freelancing is hard work.
In freelancing, you don`t have a boss in the traditional sense. You are your own boss. No one but yourself is going to push you towards accomplishing your goals. Working as a freelancer and having a dream job can be quite nice, however, you need to keep in mind that there is a fine line between your dream job and a potential nightmare.
In order to develop your freelancing business and master your productivity you will need a set of strategies, to say the least (if not an actual war plan)
Set Your Working Hours
In freelancing, you don’t need a fixed schedule of your working hours. But, following some sort of a schedule may boost your productivity levels, and help you manage your time even better. Find out your most productive hours and stick to them.
Allow yourself to step away from your desk in order to stay sane. Take at least one or two brakes during the day. Now, since you are an independent worker, you can take breaks
as you like and when you like.
Find Balance Between Work and Personal Life
Finding balance between work and your personal life can be a challenge for career-driven freelancers.
First of all, work shouldn`t be considered as separate from life; it’s a part of it. For some it isn`t a particularly fun part, but for others, work is passion. Whatever your opinion may be, work is undoubtedly a great part of our lives.
Since so many of us struggle to attain it, no wonder that the work-life balance has become such a common conversation topic. In my opinion, the key lies in being aware of the struggle, and balancing your work life with your personal life on a daily basis. However, if you are lucky enough to do something you love for work, then there`s no need to cut it short just so you would spend more time doing other activities.
Set Your Self-Imposed Deadlines
It goes without saying that stress, by itself, is a bad thing. However, manageable levels of self-imposed stress can actually be very helpful in some aspects. It can give you more focus and help you meet your deadlines.
Stick to your deadlines. You will be surprised once you discover how much more productive and focused you are when you are tracking time or have deadlines assigned!
Say “NO” to multitasking
Multitasking is an apparent human ability to perform more than one activity at the same time. While it is largely believed that multitasking contributes to, and increases, efficiency, the opposite may in fact be true.
According to some psychological studies, doing several tasks at once results in time and productivity loss. Instead of multitasking, try to make a habit of committing to one task only, before moving on to the next.
Turn Off Your Notifications
None of us is expected to resist notification from social media, email, voicemail, or text message. While you are working, try to turn off your notifications on your computer and your phone. Also, you might like to try and incorporate some time into your schedule dedicated only for checking emails and other messages. That way you will maintain your productivity levels high and focus on the job at hand.
Outsource Some of Your Work
Outsourcing has become really popular in the past few years. If there is a chance, you should always outsource some of your work to other freelancers. Outsourcing the jobs that someone else can do better, or faster, is a good thing!
You will have more time to continue with your regular tasks and projects. Finding a great fit for outsourcing projects is important. Someone who fits great into your projects will need less supervision than someone less experienced.
If you want to find people to whom you could outsource, feel free to check out one of our earlier posts:
Working remotely can help increase productivity by getting more done in less time. It’s important to change your working areas often. I, myself, have realized that changing my work environment increases my productivity.
Wake Up Early
Be the bird who gets the worm!
Look at every top CEO or executive of a big company. They all have one thing in common: they wake up early.
Waking up early means you have enough time to start your day right. You might have rushed out of the door each morning in the past, however, it might be time to try something new. If you wake up early, you will have more quiet time to do the things you would otherwise be too distracted to do.
What I came to realize is that I`m most productive about 2-3 hours after waking up. Find out your most productive hours and use them to do more complex work. The rest of your day may be used for some easier tasks.