Freelancing is an opportunity that most people are currently delving into a lot. However, not many get far with freelancing, the reason being that they get comfortable in the luxury of working from home with no one to boss them.
Working from home and earning a salary as a freelancer is doable and within your closest reach. The same to be being the best in the field. However, you don’t want to regret a month or two later that there is no work or that clients are ending their contract with you immaturely.
One essential thing to be a successful freelancer is productivity. However, note that productivity can make or break you as an online freelancer. This post is aimed at educating you on essential things you need so as to increase your productivity and become a successful freelancer.
Here is what you have not been doing;
- Always have a task list for the day
As a freelancer, it is very possible for you to get mixed up with what you need to do. When this happens you eventually end up doing nothing, and that’s a day wasted. So what should you do? Simple, create a list of the tasks you need to accomplish in a day. It is always best that you do this a day before.
Before a task list, you first need to define your working hours. Like I said, working from home can be challenging especially with time management. So decide what time is best for you to work. If you prefer working during the day, say from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm set this straight and adhere to this schedule.
- Have scheduled breaks in between tasks
The best advantage of working from home is working according to your capacity. However, this can also be a disadvantage because at times you may end up working non-stop which can also be detrimental to your health.
The most fitting way to break the monotony, refresh and get active for the next task is to take a break. 30 to 45 minutes won’t hurt, in fact, it is essential. And once you incorporate this into your schedule, things will become easier and you will also get more done.
- Identify your distractions and avoid them
Tips number 2 suggests that you take breaks in between tasks. Yes, this is necessary. However, the problem arises when you break just to engage in things that end up distracting you from work. For example, you decide to take a 15-minute break just to go to Facebook, the chances that you will revert to work is be very minimal. A chat may get too interesting until you forget you need to get back to work. My advice, if you know that social media is your distraction, avoid it during work hours.
- Sleep Properly
Sleep is very essential to the human body. Freelancers? Appreciate sleep more if you’re to improve our productivity. Sleep will not just help you to get relax and rest from the day’s chores; it will also help you be alert, active and creative. All this are catalysts to better productivity. Remember, sleep is not all about the quantity but the quality that will allow your body to function to its full potential the following day. If you need tips and advice on how to sleep better, then sleepjunkie.org is a good place to start.
- Respect and appreciate your work
All the tips mentioned above are important and will help you a great deal to get more done. However, a common characteristic among freelancers is that they don’t take work way too seriously. Personal productivity is where success starts from. If you do not exude personal productivity, achieving success as a freelancer is close to zero.
Bottom line, respect and appreciate your work more, arrange your office so that it neat, presentable and comfortable, eat when it is time to eat, keep track of communication with clients, get organized as an individual and most importantly show determination.