With the holiday season quickly approaching, seasonal work is gaining traction. As a Freelancer, your opportunities not only expand during this busy time, but your time management skills are put to the test. With a fulltime job, you are able to have a sense of structure to your day, whereas freelancing often comes with more flexibility. Here are our top tips to staying organized as a Freelancer with the busy holiday season and into the new year!
Timing is everything
Your planner should be your best friend as a Freelancer. With various meetings, deadlines, and client projects it is important to organize your time. Some Freelancers opt to have their schedule mirror that of a 9 to 5 job, while others may schedule meetings all in one day, projects on one day, and phone calls on another. Depending on your work style and preferences, one of these may work better than the other, so we suggest playing around with different scheduling options to get the most out of your work days and keep priorities in check.
Be your own Project Manager
Freelancers with several clients should be prepared to have multiple projects going on at once. While juggling work, it may be easier to use a software program to help organize deadlines and tasks at hand. This could also help see where you have space and time for new clients or projects, where you are over worked, and how you can grow your business looking to the future. Some top programs include Trello, Asana, Bonsai, Thrive, and Taskboard!
Turn off distractions
With constant alerts, notifications, buzzes, and pings, it has never been easier to get distracted. Even if you have your phone on do not disturb, something could happen at the coffee shop you are working at, something may get knocked over in your office by your pet, or your hunger lulls you into the kitchen for an overly long lunch break, creating a backup in your schedule of to dos. Going back to staying organized with timelines and meetings, time blocking, calendar alerts, and end of day check-ins can help. Time blocking allows you to set aside a certain amount of time to work on the project at hand, and when the timer is done, so are you. A similar thing can be done through calendar alerts, so long as you set the notifications to alert you it is time to switch gears, and not distract you with more notifications. At the end of each day, if it is helpful, we also recommend checking in with your list and seeing what you did that day, and what should be moved to the top of your priority list tomorrow.
Keep your finances organized
On top of managing and organizing your schedule and projects, it is also important to keep track of your finances. With a huge selection of finance apps, it is now easier than ever to organize your finances and keep track of your income and spending habits using more than just a spreadsheet.
Managing your time as a Freelancer can be tricky at first but it will get easier once you get your own routine down and put the tips above into practice. Want more helpful tips on becoming a freelancer? Check out our full resource here!