Time can never be restored. But time is really important when you are a freelancer; it helps you finish your work on time. As a freelancer, you need to manage your time and divide it according to the projects especially when looking for a new work. A freelancer has neither fixed hours nor a boss so he has to do everything on his own. So how can a freelancer manage his time and use it effectively?
1. Suffocating Disturbances
In the office you face a lot of disturbances wasting your time, but when you work as a freelancer from home these distractions decrease and you have to control them so that they won’t affect you. You might believe that you would like to manage your time and make use of it. However, it is well known that most people can’t control the free time they have as freelancers. It is inevitable that you search the web, check your emails every few minutes and surf your favorite websites. Distractions depend on the people but the Internet remains the number one criminal. However, once you are decisive in managing your time, you will overcome any harmful distractions. You can use a browser plugin that stops you from surfing the distracting sites, make a profile for work, and uninstall any app you have on your phone and might disturb you.
2. Time Tracking
We barely realize that our time flies quickly and we don’t value what we have lost. You need to track your time in order to determine the working hours. In addition, you’ll be able to appreciate your time. When you have a record explaining how much time you have used for a task or another and how much time you have spent on social networks and others, you’ll directly know how effectively you used your time. You may install a time-tracking software and you’ll be astonished about how much you are willing to do in a short time.
3. Delicately Select Clients
A person can do a lot of work and excel. When you succeed and become very well-known in your field, you will have to refuse taking more projects. It is hard to turn down a new project when you you’ve searched a lot to find anything, but is it a necessity. It becomes worthless to waste time on small projects and projects that don’t fit with your general line of work. A successful plan is to start looking for well-paying customers who give you large orders more often while searching for better modifications in the projects.
4. Find Time for your Disturbances
If you want to get rid of what distract you during work, then you have to assign a time for that every day at the same time. When you start your work knowing that there will come a time when you’ll get to do nothing but surf your favorite sites, you work harder and ignore the distractions every few minutes to waste your time and therefore you finish your work no time.
5. Break up Your Time
Your brain needs time to move from one task to another. After working for 30 minutes on a certain task, you won’t be able to concentrate and be effective. The best solution is to compartmentalize your time in big pieces to which you will assign certain tasks instead of keep on switching ineffectively between tasks. You test your self- control and self-discipline when you work as a freelancer. If you are strong enough and capable in controlling your work, your performance will evolve and you’ll give more than your average.