This episode of Freelance University is all about productivity – how to manage your time efficiently as a freelancer. Nick breaks down a few time management strategies that you can use to help build your day effectively. One of the key strategies here is to base your schedule around your biorhythms.
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Today’s episode is all about productivity and how you can become as productive as possible as a freelancer. A lot of freelancers struggle in the beginning with managing their time. Because they’re used to working 9–5 jobs, where they’ve had to be at the office. But now when they become their own boss, they’re not really sure what to do or how to organize their time.
I’m going to breakdown a strategy that I use that helps me 10x my productivity and that helps get me way more done.
What I do is I pre-plan my day the day before. And I base my day based on my biorythms and you should to. So for me I’m a morning person, and like to start working around 6AM but I go to bed early. I know a lot of successful freelancers who sleep in and work until 2AM.
It doesn’t matter as long as you pre plan your days. So what you want to do is at the end of the day get out a pen and piece of paper and schedule your day in 90 minute chunks.
So this could 8AM-9:30Am Apply for 5 jobs. 9AM-10:30M work on client project. With 15 minute to 30 minute breaks in between. This gets your mind thinking and visualizing about the day ahead and allows you to get way more done.
One other pro tip. I learned this from a freelancer who has a lot of clients and has made millions on Upwork. If you can give yourself 2 hours during the workday for unplanned tasks. As a business owner there are always things that come up unexpectadly.
By doing this it will help you prepare for anything that is thrown your way. Now besides planning your day ahead I also plan my week on Sunday’s. I really like doing this because it helps you strategize on the goals you want to accomplish not just daily to do items.
If you want to do this too, what you can do is get out a pen and paper and draw a big t on a piece of paper that has 4 quadrants. Three of those quadrants are for your 3 big goals for the year with an exact deadline on them. I’ve found adding deadlines to your goals makes them a lot more real, and puts the pressure on you to act. Kind of like when you’re in school and you have a project due.
One of your goals could be a wealth goal like making a certain amount of money per month. One of your other goals could be a health goal. Like for me its getting to 170 lbs. And another goal could be for your relationship or another area for your life. Than underneeth each goal you plug in all of the tasks that you need to do to make that goal happen. Then you just execute.
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