7 Fundamental Time Management and Productivity Tips for Freelancers

7 Time Management Tips for Freelancers
Everyone assumes that if a person is a freelancer, then that person would be just lying around all day enjoying a leisurely time. But the truth is, there is no 'FREE' in Freelance, especially when it comes to time.
CareerStint Staff
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2018
Self employment, or freelancing, is a dream job for many of us. Wouldn't we all love to be our own boss, not having to answer to anyone or work on our own time, without any restrictions? Well well, like they say, 'Be careful what you wish for'.

Sometimes, what you think of as a rosy pink dream can easily turn into a nightmare. Though there is no doubt that freelancing has its own perks (well... a lot of perks), many a time, it can be a job that gets you frazzled. The most common complaint coming out of a freelancer's mouth is the struggle of time management. Managing time can be a problem, as a freelancer is a 'One Man Army'.
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Avoid Multitasking
Women Multitasking at Work
There are multiple tasks that a freelance writer has to do apart from the actual project. Trying to do multiple things at once will only mess with your head and spoil the quality of your work. Instead, calm yourself down and focus on one task at a time, and then only proceed to another.
Keep Away from Distractions
Distraction During Work
You cannot increase the number of hours in a day, but you can definitely make the best out of what you have by managing your time well. In our techno-crazy times, it is way too easy to get distracted. Make sure to keep away from all the things that distract you, while focusing on work alone. That means, NO unnecessary use of cell phones, social media, television, surfing, etc.
Prioritize
To DO List
Before you start working, compartmentalize your work based on its priority. Start off with simple and easy tasks at the beginning, which require less energy, giving your brain a little time to get into the flow, and then go on to the more important or the more stressful work.
Choose Your Assignments Wisely
Businesswoman tears her hair
Even though, at an early stage of your career, you might not be in the position to be picky about your work, make sure you do not take too many assignments under your belt. An impractical goal will only screw with your head, and get you into a panic-stricken mode, hampering your productivity as well as your creativity at the end of the day. A single well-done assignment is always better than several half-done ones.
Use Technology to Your Aid
Office desk mockup
There is no denying the endless ways in which technology has come to our aid. So why not use it to optimize your time? Based on your needs, there are numerous apps and tools that can help you out. Focus boosters, productivity tools, instant data transfer devices, time trackers, etc., are a few of the many tools one can find online.
Deadlines and Schedules
Deadlines
Create deadlines for yourself and STICK to them. If you need help, make a timetable scheduling your work according to the time. Add timeouts in between for snack breaks or a nap time to boost your energy. You can use time management techniques like the 'Pomodoro Technique' to keep you on track.
DE-Clutter Your Workspace
Messy Desk
If your workspace is filled with countless files and crumpled paper, post-its stuck on every wall, and several to-do lists, leave everything else and start with DE-Cluttering you surroundings. A messy workspace would make you feel confused and lethargic, affecting your work negatively.
To quote William Penn, "Time is what we want most, but what we use worst."

So, all you freelancers, use these time management tips, and just make sure to use your time in the best possible way, and it will no longer stand as a barrier between you and your success.