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    Jun 5 th, 2017
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    TIME MANAGEMENT LESSONS FOR FREELANCERS

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    Work to live, don’t live to work

    Time Management

    As the popular adage goes, ‘Time is money’. This holds true especially for freelancers, where getting a sense of how to manage time effectively is pivotal. If you are just beginning your journey into freelancing, or just need a reminder of how to get a sense of time management, these tips are for you,

    • Note it down

    Ever get the feeling you’re forgetting something crucial? Keeping a diary on hand should ensure you never forget something important. For a set amount of time, be it a day or week, note down everything you do and when you do it. At the end of the allotted period, it should become evident whether you’re wasting minutes on social media or just failing to bill correctly for time spent on a project. Either way, you should adapt accordingly.

    • Make a plan

    The chief reason why freelancing is so appealing is because of its flexibility. However, most freelancers exploit that flexibility, and use it as an excuse to procrastinate. The very best way to avoid painting yourself into a corner is to set a simple schedule and stick to it.

    Contrary to popular belief, freelancing is just like any 9 to 6 job, and if you’re not around to answer your phone when clients call, it’s likely that you’ll be out of a gig, or overlooked for the next project that comes eventually along.

    Even if you’re working on a project basis, and have the liberty to make your own hours, it’s in your best interests to stick to them. Planning to work at specific, regular intervals makes it much easier to get in ‘the zone’ when needed – and easier to disengage when it’s time for a break.

    Platforms such as goHyP provide freelancers the freedom to choose projects that best suit them while promoting the growth of both employer and employee.

    • Take a day off

    While on the topic of making a plan, make sure you allot some time to yourself. Taking time for yourself is a critical part of the work-life balance. You need to recharge your batteries once in a while to be truly productive.

    Working for extended periods of time without any breaks in between is a sure recipe for disaster. Overworking yourself can lead to increased stress, diminished creativity and eventually cognitive impairment.

    Give yourself a day or two off work – and maybe take a vacation. Often times you’ll have to burn the midnight oil to meet deadlines. Make sure there’s enough midnight oil to burn by relaxing now and again.

    • Learn to say No

    Whether you’re a working professional or self-employed, the most important skill for any working person is the ability to gracefully draw the line. Don’t be scared to turn down a job you don’t have time for. The greatest benefit of being a freelancer is that you are your own boss, and that no one can tell you what to do.

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