For freelance writers, productivity and efficiency are crucial. After all, the more we can get done in the day, the more money we stand to make – more money for our bills, for our family and, just maybe, for those hard-earned vacations we dream of.
But even though productivity is important, sometimes it’s hard to come by. There’s Facebook to distract us when we’re online, our dogs calling for a walk at our feet, and we’ve got friends asking us to lunch or happy hour…all while we’re enjoying our NOT-9-to-5.
It can be a struggle to say the least.
The good news is that there are a few tips and tricks that can help freelance writers stay productive and make more cash – even in the face of temptation and distraction.
Want to be more efficient and productive in your career? Here’s how to do it:
1. Carve Out Work Time
The beauty of a freelance writing career is that you’re not locked into certain hours, but do you know why employers require you work specific hours? It’s to ensure you get your work done and you are productive. While I don’t recommend keeping a strict 8-hour work day as a freelancer, carve out a few blocks of time each day for designated work-only periods. This will keep you on track and your eyes on the prize.
2. Carve Out “Me” Time
Enjoy the flexibility of your freelance career, whether that means meeting up with friends for a bite to eat or taking an extended break to enjoy the nice weather. You’ll enjoy your career much more when you reward yourself with “you” time! Set aside a few hours a week for this me time. It will give you something to look forward to, and it will keep you from trying to avoid deadlines with excursions and fun!
3. Use The Right Tools
You don’t need anything fancy to manage your freelance career, but there are definitely some tools that can make your job easier. A good calendar system, for example, is a great way to keep yourself on task and on schedule. Google Calendar is a great tool, as you can color code by client and set up alerts for upcoming deadlines. You can also use invoicing tools, accounting software, and programs like OmmWriter to streamline your processes and up productivity in other ways, too.
The more efficient you can be with your time, the more money you’ll make and the more rewarding, freeing career you’ll have. Take a few minutes to consider how you can get more done, and start taking steps toward higher productivity today.
If you want to learn more about productivity and time-management for freelance writers and see videos that explain a lot more about this topic, take a look at the Freelance Profit Academy.