Wednesday, March 3, 2010

3 Time Management Tips for Freelancers



Time. It's something most of us want more of, and managing it is something many of us struggle with, especially entrepreneurs and those who work from home.
Fortunately for us, there are ways we can manage our time and become more productive (yay)! Here are some tips:
  • If you work from home, set some office hours (I am so talking to myself here). To do this, figure out what time you are most productive, then think about when your clients' businesses are open. Ideally, you want them to be able to get a hold of you 50-60 percent of their workday. After setting your hours, publicize them so people will know when to contact you.
  • Have a weekly catch-up day. Instead of trying to do administrative tasks during the week, save the not-so-urgent stuff (like filing and low-priority emailing) for one day or afternoon each week.
  • Work in blocks of time. (I got this tips from surefirewriting.com). Robert Earle Howells, freelance writer and creator of Sure Fire Writing, says during those blocks, schedule only one task, and devote yourself to it for the entire time. He uses two hours, but you could probably use as little or as much time as you want (I'd say 30 minutes at the least and two hours at most). Also, during this time, you should turn off email alerts and phone (or put it on silent). I actually started trying this technique last week, and it works, for the most part-- hey, I'm a work in progress...
Anyway, I hope you find these tips useful. And if you have any time management tips, please feel free to share them!

Source: My So-Called Freelance Life; Photo from: infoforwoman.com


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