Have you ever noticed that you hardly have time on your hands nowadays? That the 24-hour day seems to be getting shorter and shorter? This is a ‘phenomenon’ which a lot more of us are experiencing simply because our lives are becoming more hectic, demanding, and, admittedly, more stressful. So what should you do to address the issue? The fact is, it is easier to manage your time if you are an office worker – if you go to an office every day and work from 9 to 5. But if you are a freelancer, time management is more of a challenge. Would you like to make full use of your day? Here’s how to properly maximise your time as a freelancer.
The problem with flexibility
The problem with having a flexible schedule is this: we don’t often work the full 8 hours a day that other people who work in offices do. What often happens is that we work for about 4 to 6 hours a day, and then spend the rest of the day running errands, relaxing, or what-not. The result of this flexibility is that we end up working 7 days a week, with no ‘days off’ like the rest of the workforce. Whilst flexibility has its ups, it also has its downs since you may feel more tired or overwhelmed.
The solution is to establish a schedule. This may be easier said than done, but it is entirely possible. The fact of the matter is that your best option is to still work from 9 to 5. The benefit (and the difference) is that even though you are still working from 9 to 5, you don’t have anyone else to answer to. You’re still your own boss.
Of course, you don’t have to work literally from 9 to 5. You can adjust your schedule according to your lifestyle. You can work from 10 to 6, or from 1 in the afternoon to 10 in the evening. It’s up to you as long as you stick to a certain schedule per day.
The trick also is to be realistic about your work habits and lifestyle. You should already have a good idea of your most productive hours, and you should make use of this. If you are a morning person, your schedule should be more focused on morning productivity. If you are more energised at night, create your schedule for maximum work during the nighttime.
By following a set schedule every day, you can charge more billable hours and keep better track of your time – and be more productive and efficient as well. If you’re having difficulty keeping track of your hours working, you can always rely on time-tracking apps such as the one from Alpaka-Punch.com, which has been expressly-created for freelancers, developers, consultants, lawyers, and anyone with their own professional time on their hands.
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