Being a freelancer is a blessing, but it can also be a curse. It’s amazing to no longer have to deal with horrible morning traffic, rude coworkers or domineering bosses. However, every freelancer knows that feeling isolated, becoming easily distracted and losing motivation can become huge issues.
You don’t have to throw in the towel and go back to the nine-to-five grind. Instead, you just have to learn how to eliminate common time wasters from your day. Here’s how freelancers can have more productive schedules.
Write Down Your Schedule
When you work in traditional employment, you have a set schedule. There’s a time that your employer expects you to be there, a time when you’re expected to break for lunch and the time that you’re permitted to go home. When you’re a freelancer, there’s no one creating this schedule for you. Hence, you have to create one yourself.
A sense of routine is invaluable when it comes to productivity and motivation. Write down a schedule for yourself, including the time when you want to begin and stop working. Don’t just set out to finish your goals for the day; instead, set out to finish them within specific time constraints so that you may allow yourself to relax in the evening.
Find Creative Solutions For Busy Work
All freelancers find themselves bogged down by “busy work.” These are the tasks that aren’t the core of your job duties, but still need to be completed. These tasks can often be monotonous and dull. If you find yourself bogged down with tasks like these, try to find creative digital solutions. For example, contract management system software can help you to easily log and organize the logistics of your business. These little solutions might not seem like a big change, but they can really free up some time in your daily schedule.
Don’t Become Sloppy
It’s one of the oldest tips for freelancers, but it’s one of the best tips there is. Don’t allow yourself to become sloppy. This means keeping your house clean and organized and getting showered and dressed each day. If you look like a working professional, you’ll feel like a working professional. If you look slovenly and unkempt, you’ll feel less like a freelancer and more like a bum.
If you follow these tips, you can have a more productive day as a freelancer.