To be a successful freelancer, it’s very important to be productive. You know that, since you’re running a solo business, the more productive you are with your tasks, the more money you earn. And this requires a lot of self-motivation.
Sometimes, we just don’t feel like doing anything other than eating and binge watching Netflix. But what do we need to know and do in order to be productive?
- Do your most important tasks in the morning.
Use your mornings (while you’re still very productive) to handle your most important tasks like making new sales, generating new business leads and working on clients’ projects. Do this even before going through your mail and social media.
- Have a to-do list.
This helps you remember all the tasks you’re supposed to complete, step-by-step.
- Cut out everything that could distract you.
Turn off social media, messaging notifications and everything that could distract you from work. You can stay in a quiet place all by yourself, or put on headphones if people are around you. They probably wouldn’t bother you if they see you have headphones on.
- Have a daily work pattern.
As a freelancer, it’s important to schedule your daily tasks into a routine so that it gives you the discipline and push that you need to accomplish them. Know yourself and the times that you’re most productive and stick to them.
When meetings and things that aren’t normally included in your daily tasks come up, work your schedule around them.
- Go on breaks to avoid burnout.
After scheduling your daily tasks, schedule breaks as well when you can relax and recover your strength. Afterwards you’ll be more creative and productive, trust us.
- Only go for important meetings.
Good meetings are great and will help your business. But when the meetings are unimportant or lack purpose and clarity, then it’s better to not waste your time with them.
In other words, only go for meetings that you really need to go for and not those that can be sorted easily via phone and video calls.
- Use organizers and management tools.
These tools will save your time and make you more productive and there are lots of them too. You can use Trello for task management, getinvoice.co for your invoicing needs, Grammarly to save you from typographical errors when writing, etc.
A lot of successful freelancers use these tips and they can testify that it has made them a lot more productive than they would have been without tips and guidelines.
Apply these tips to your daily routine and check the difference it will make in your productivity. What are your thoughts? Share with us in the comment section.
All the best in your business!