Internet offers job and opportunities that many people needs. Working as a freelancer demands responsibility and precise time management. Being a boss may sounded like a dream, yet trials and challenges will come along the way first. Being a pro and a beginner can be determined on how they will use their talents in 24 hours of a day each of everyone we have. As a freelancer, it doesn’t matter on how long you type your idea in monitor but it is how you make your work knowledgeable and informative. It doesn’t matter on how long you took your sit in front of your monitor, but it is on how you have completed the work. What it matter is productivity and not how long you spend your work hours.
Staying productive is one of the biggest challenges that a freelancer face along the way. It is influenced by many factors that will help the freelancer. Various small tricks can help you to make you finish the project in less time and less energy. It doesn’t matter on how many options do you have to improve your productivity but it is how people deal and apply it. Each day passed, there are changes that might happen. Staying as a productive freelancer in your work will help you gain more clients which will make you become a successful freelancer as well as maintaining your mind and body health.
Here are helpful freelancing tips to make work more productive to avoid struggling in deadline submissions, finding more clients and be more effective.
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Start with cleanliness first
Every morning we wake up, we want everything to be fine, clean and dirt-free. Everything must be fine so the rest of the day will also be fine. If something bad will face to us in the early morning, no wonder if the rest of the day will be bad also. Moreover, it is the same in working or starting at work. If you will see your table clean and dirt-free, of course you will have the guts to start nicely and good. Nevertheless, when you see your table messed up and disarray, you will get mad because if things are already arranged and organized you can start your work early. Start with the clean slate every day.
Plan your day
It will be a nice idea if you will plan for what you will do for that day. Time management will be used again. It will help you to avoid stressful minutes and gives you your break. Plan your day so that everything will not turned into messed when late night comes. Make a board that it noticeable and list the entire thing you will do for that day. List all the meetings and event you must attend at a given time as well as the work that you needed to have a start or finish in that day. Through this, it can help you to give more focus and getting things done accurately.
People commonly get distracted because of the things on their surroundings making their work more time consuming. Avoid those distractions and time wasters because this will not help you to finish your work. Many distractions can be found anywhere. Kill those distracting actions like watching televisions, texting and chatting, unless your job is related with chatting. We do not say that you must completely forget social medias and other ways of interacting with other people, but we only say that you must not pay attention to it when work hours. Noise is the first and one of the most distracting things that a freelancer will encounter because it will prevent them in concentrating from their works.
Do it now as possible as you can
Big things are made up from small and little things. How can you make a LEGO castle if LEGO puzzles are incomplete? How can make a delicious kind of food course if needed ingredients are not presented? If a long list is given for that day, of course it is made up of simple and hard projects and activities. If there is simple project that can be finish in a short period of time then do it now as possible as you can. If it can be finish in 30 minutes then do it. If you will do first all the small and simple projects then your long list of projects and activities will get shorter because you’ve done small activities which is part of a list.
Important things must be on the first of the list
If you make a list of the things, you will do for the day, and then put all the important things at first. You must do first all the important things before the other projects especially if it is demanded with a short period of time. Important things must be your priority at the start of your morning so that you will get rush and hassle when late hours comes. Even though it a simple or a difficult project, you must do it first as long as it is important.
Reject if you can’t
Learn to say no if the project they offer is too difficult for you. It is not the absence of courage and trust from yourself but if you will accept the offer, you are also responsible to doo and finish it with all your best. Freelancer might get tempted to get those offers that are not familiar with them but we do think that it is not a nice idea. If you accept the offers of your clients, you must give them your high quality outputs and not the cheap ones. If you accept the offers that is too difficult for you, you will only meet your exhaustion point making you not to have your full energy finishing your other projects as well as it can make your schedule upside down.
Take a rest
Taking a rest and giving up is very different to each other. Take a rest from long hours of working in front of the monitor. We are all human and it is necessary that we might get tired. We might have a mental downtime that will make our work slower if we do not commit a simple rest. It sounds good if after an hour you will take a look for YouTube videos, walk outside for a while, drink plenty of water, eat sweets or have a small nap in order to refresh your mind in stressful activities. Take a short rest so that after that you can think again rapidly just like how you’ve been started.
We all knew that we could depict what will happen tomorrow morning, afternoon, evening. However, advance planning for tomorrow activities and project will help you to consume your time. Have an advance planning if finish early all the activities and projects for that day. Through this you can avoid rush minute works and distribute all the workloads evenly. Advance planning will make the freelancer more enjoyable in working with the project and the results will be better than the expectations.
Evaluate what you’ve done today
After all the tiring projects and activities, you’ve been face for that day, you still think of it at night. After turning your computer off, closing your notes, clean your table, turn your back and turn the lights off, your mind are still filled up with the activities and projects you’ve done on that day. Evaluate what you have done today. Did I accomplish all the things I needed to do? Did I have lost all the distractions along the day? Did I manage my time correctly? It may be a long meeting between you and yourself. Evaluating the things you have done on that day will help you in setting your goals the day after it.
Take care of your personal health. Your body and the computer are the main tools you must take care of always. If you undergo health risk, your work may get affected with these. It can prevent you in getting your concentration to finish the project and it can affect the result of your work. Health risk can be also considered as a kind of distraction to freelancers