Time management tips for freelancers

Time management tips
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Time management is one of the biggest predicaments many freelancers face.  Whether you are just starting off your freelance career or have been doing it for some years, proper time management is imperative. A few years ago, the only way you could make a living was through a 9-5 job. But the growing freelance economy has changed everything, and you can now work from the comfort of your home. This means you are the boss; you manage your job and yourself. Managing your schedule efficiently can increase your efficiency, income, and reduce stress associated with late submissions.

Several marketplaces offer platforms for freelancers to connect with employers from across the world. But you need good time management skills for everything to work well for you. In the article below, we are about to share some time management tips that will help you become a better freelancer.

Time Management tips

Have a schedule

The best way to meet deadlines is to make a program. If you are handling several projects, ensure you have a plan in place that helps track the time limits. Additionally, set specific deadlines for each step in every project. This will contribute to avoiding rushing to complete projects at once when you realize time is not on your side. Having a schedule is another way avoiding being stress with what you should do for an individual project and when. Several apps can help in scheduling.

Avoid distractions

This is the most time waster for freelancers, especially me. I can’t log out of my email when working because I have to communicate with some clients. Though it is a good way to keep in touch with customers in every step of the project, distractions can come in between. Distractions are not caused by emails alone, but also by platforms such as Reddit, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, to name but a few. Avoid working while you are into this platforms unless you have a good reason to remain logged in.  Since you are working from distractions are many from people to your kids. Set specific times for checking emails or attending to children or responding to Facebook messages. If you are keen enough, you will understand that you waste a lot of time reading and responding to messages.

Treat freelance like 9-5 job

When I started my freelance career, I used to be influenced by clients. I remember one time a customer pressured me until I left the church to go and handle his project. Explain to your clients how you work. Let the clients know that even if you are working from home, this is a job like any other office work. When it is time for a trip, let it be. Otherwise, you will end up a working machine. Remember the sweetness of freelancing, is the freedom that comes with it.

Be organised

If you want to waste time when you have an urgent project, then don’t be organized. Being unorganized means, you are a poor time manager. Avoid wasting time searching for files by organizing and labeling them to make it easier to find when you need them. Just know where your notebook is, the records for the marketing project and so on. If you do this, you will not spend even a single minute searching for your documents. Working in a messy surrounding has been found to reduce productivity.

Set reasonable deadlines

It is easy to set unachievable deadlines because you want to win the client. But hey! Don’t pressure yourself. A client will always hire you if your work is impressive. Setting unrealistic deadlines means low quality work, no mental break, and most of all you might lose the client. Yes, you heard me right. You can lose the customer if you submit poor quality work.  You need a mental break from your job. Therefore, set deadlines that give you a break between projects.

Bottom line

I hope after reading this, you will practice proper time management habits that will help you to be productive while focusing on projects. Need something else or have any tip we didn’t include? Please SHARE in the comments section below.

Why dating a freelancer is harder than giving birth

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Are you dating a freelancer? Or are you having a freelancer as a spouse? This can be one of the hardest things to do or situations to go through. If there is one relationship that you will hate to love, it is dating a freelancer. I know you are now thinking the worst about me. But that is right. If you are not married and working online, I’m sure you can attest to this. It is not easy to date someone who works from home and barely has some time for you. If you are planning to date one, here is why you will find it harder than giving birth.

He is too busy

A freelancer is ever working; Yes you heard me right. He is either searching for clients or busy working on the current projects. If you thought it’s only people who work 9-5 who are always busy, you are wrong. There isn’t a time that you will find a freelancer idle. This makes it harder to even have a little time to go out on a date.

You can’t surprise a freelancer

We all love surprises, and we often surprise our loved ones with little gifts. If you are dating a freelancer, don’t ever try that. Instead, you will be the one to be surprised. You might go in and find your fiancee working in pajamas.

Your fiancee freelancer may not respond to your messages

You are used to sending messages and getting replies almost instantly, right? In the freelance world, it is different. Your friend might not respond to your calls and messages that you send. In fact, most of the responses are automated. You won’t like it if you get automated responses throughout the day and an apology at midnight.

He won’t commend your good looks

You went to visit your boyfriend today and expected him to say, “you look fabulous.”You will be shocked to learn that he won’t even look at you. Maybe because you arrived at the time, he was just doing a rush job or having little issues with his computer. Well, that is how we work. We sometimes fail to notice some things around us.

Your wedding day might be rescheduled

A freelancer doesn’t work as a 9-5 employee because he is the boss of his job. But don’t be surprised if he invites you for dinner but ends up leaving you at the restaurant just five minutes after arrival.  Not only that, he might reschedule the wedding day several times because he has an urgent project he must complete and beat the deadline.

Night is not always a time for sleep

Are you used to sleeping at night?Dating a freelancer may not be easier for you. We all know that night is time for rest. But that is different with freelancers. He might be working at night because that is the most productive time for him and sleeps during the day.

Your sweet stories may be a total waste

So you went out with your friend the other day and realized he wasn’t paying attention to your stories. Don’t blame him. That is what makes a freelancer complete. He is always thinking about work. He walks around with his laptop and can start working even when you are in the middle of an important discussion.

If you had any intentions of dating a freelancer, you now know that it isn’t an easy task. It is even harder than giving birth. But if you think you can be what your fiancee is, then go ahead.

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