When scheduling it is important to plan a weekly schedule as well as a daily schedule. We all need some organization and planning to be efficient, productive and relaxed throughout the day. As a self employed or a freelancer, you have to fully understand the value of planning. A daily schedule sets up expectations and helps keep track of what needs to be done and what already has been done. By using a visual, physical schedule, you can get a sense of achievement every time when you complete a task. Here are 4 simple, but very useful strategies to help Freelancers control their day and increase productivity with minimal effort and little change of routine.
Have a daily schedule mapped out:
If you have a business plan mapped out and ready to go, you will be much more likely to adhere to your daily workout schedules, making your business goals more attainable. After all, consistency gets results. Develop a habit to plan your next day’s schedule at the end of your current work day, this will keep you organize, monitor your time and increase your productivity. You’ve to defined your goal, mapped out the steps, now get out your planner and block time everyday to work on your tasks.
Work solidly for a set period of time:
You may find out that many people only work effectively for certain durations and times, because of this they can plan my day and work tasks around this. You already know that in the early morning you can be the most productive so you can set your high priority tasks in the first couple of hours in the day. You can set a timer for one hour, during this you can work on the task in hand, no social media, no YouTube or email checking then after the power hour, you may have a break, refresh the mind then start again.
Achieve one task on your to do list at a time:
If you simply try to knock off all the tasks on your to-do list, you’ll never get everything done, and worse yet, you’ll never get the important stuff done. Focus on the essential tasks and eliminate the rest. With prioritization you will get a better organized life, you will have less problems, more resolved situations and hence you will worry less. Your life will be happier, productive with sense of achievement and you will get better results. Of course you want to put your most important task as a number one task on your “To do” list.
Decide if you work better with or without a distraction:
It is important to look through your routines and decide what you can allow to “disturb” you. Use music if it keeps you focused, but turn it off if it causes you to loose concentration. Schedule other distractions like checking emails for a specific time each day. Resist the temptation to keep your social networking sites open whilst you work. Don’t forget to reward yourself for completing a task.