Undoubtedly, the more you can get done in one day (in any given way), the more you can earn. However, the ultimate game-changer is being able to get more done in significantly less time! With everything else being equal, here are some best-of productivity tips you could benefit from while freelance-working!
Tip 1: The Little Tasks-Management
You wouldn’t believe how little things can pile up by the end of the day, causing you headaches. You can easily skip the long (and many times, overwhelming) to-do lists, by prioritizing your tasks. Also, when little things arise within the day (see emails, etc), you can ensure a feeling of accomplishment for yourself, by doing them on the spot. Simply put, if a task takes less than a few minutes, then just do it!
Tip 2: The Difficult-Tasks Management
If there a task you would rather leave for later, perhaps the end of the day? Then, this is the first thing you should do every day! Get over with the hardest tasks at the beginning of each day, and see your productivity soar. If you want to make it fun and obvious at the same time, you can write them down the night before and let your computer prop them up when you start your day!
Tip 3: Precious 45-minute Prep
A good strategy to make your productivity fly sky-high is to time yourself. Give yourself a 45-minute window to work on a project. During these 45 minutes, you will be solely focused on a single task, ignoring every other distraction (see answering the phone, respond to emails, etc.). When the time is up, you can either reset your timer for another 45 minutes, if your task is not completed yet, or have a 10-minute break. Consider this tip as a great interval mind-training!
Tip 4: Sort Your Books Regularly
It is a big waste of time (and productivity lost), when you leave all the sorting and recording for the end of the tax year. Instead of being forced to deal with a tremendous amount of work that could be despairing, you can simply hire an accountant to do all your monthly book-keeping for you . What better way to increase your productivity at work, than having everything sorted out?
Tip 5: Develop a Routine
Do your best work when you are at your best! Develop a daily and night-time routine and stick to it. For example, if you are a morning bird, do your tasks in the morning when your energy is still high. Also, try to get to bed at around the same time each night. When you are having a hard time staying focused, then it is time to pause, even for a few minutes, and do something else, like taking a short walk.
So what are you waiting for, build yourself a website, or even better, win one, and start your (very productive) online freelance career.