Being a freelancer today is really tough.
Unless you work in a well structured and organized study, you often have to think of everything yourself, and a working day that should last eight to nine hours, and ends up with twelve. Who of us did not bring work home, to be disposed of even after dinner?
I do not consider myself an expert in time management, but I am also a professional (I am a chartered accountant and I work on my own) and soon I had to learn how to manage my time intelligently , given that it is limited, little tendency, and by my nature I did not like spending hours and hours in the office until late at night, knowing I had been unproductive.
In this article I will share 3 strategies that have allowed me to better manage the time resource and live my day in a more serene way despite the increasingly stringent commitments.
Ready? Let's start!
Organize your calendar in an intelligent way
Organizing your working day in the morning, a day just begun, is a bad idea (yes, I know, they do so many ..).
So many times in fact happen to get to the office without having clear ideas about what the day's program is, and look at it starts "to work" only after a while 'we crossed the door of the study.
So I took the habit of carefully planning my working day the night before , with the following precautions.
First of all, I plan the day at 80% of my potential (so if I plan to work for eight hours, I plan about six and a half). I do so because I know that, despite my good intentions, I can not completely control my time, eg. I can not avoid having to help a colleague without a warning in a file, or get a call from an emergency customer and he needs my help. These are "unexpected events" that happen every day, and therefore we must take this into account.
So I enter my schedule in the calendar , and for that amount of time I try to be as focusedas possible in the activity that I have to complete: so I get in advance everything I need to minimize distractions, absolutely banned the spasmodic control of the mobile phone and the mail box and possibly make it impossible to find both inside and outside the studio. If you can help you I suggest you go into some techniques here , I have been using a variant of the tomato technique for years with excellent results 😉.
Another aspect that I think can be useful is to set not appointments on the agenda, but the real "result slots". For example, lately I'm writing articles as well as for my blog, even for trade magazines, in collaboration with a colleague. In my imposed calendar yes time, but above all the result I want to get past that time. So, after three hours of research and writing, I have to have the draft already ready to be sent to my colleague for review. It does not seem, but this approach leads to being extremely more productive because it shifts our attention to the final result (on which we have control) and not to the mere passing time.