Being a freelancer definitely comes with its perks. From a flexible schedule, to a custom work environment, and no income cap, it seems that being untethered to a corporate structure is one of the most affable models of the new economy. So why wouldn’t everybody do it? Well, for one, it may seem risky to those used to a steady paycheck. Contracts can end without notice, but with smart financial planning and an entrepreneurial spirit, that’s only a bump in the road. Others may struggle with the fact that structure is no longer being imposed on them and give into the distractions of daily life. If you are toying with idea of freelancing, take this piece as a bit of info to let you know if the freelance life is for you. If you are already a freelancer who can’t seem to find enough hours in the day take this as study in productivity hacks.
Manage Stress Effectively
Stress is one of those unavoidable evils. It doesn’t matter how much you meditate or create a zen space for yourself, stressful situations are bound to happen. The key is not in avoiding them but in managing the stress properly. Speaking of meditation, that’s one of the best ways to do so. If the idea of meditation is off putting or a little too new age for you, you can get the same benefit from breathing exercises or just taking a break. Next time you find yourself up against a tight deadline or a creative block, take 10 minutes to center yourself or breathe some fresh air. Yes, it sounds counterintuitive, but taking regular breaks is one of the best ways to make sure your work time is as productive as possible.
Organize Your Work Space
You may believe there is method to your madness but there are plenty of studies that would argue the exact opposite. It has been found that the human mind goes to the apparent first. The stack of papers you promised yourself you’d get to eventually will keep calling your name until you realize no progress has been made on either the stack of papers or the task at hand. Take some time to clean up your space and watch time itself magically expand.
Live by the 20% Rule
The 20% rule suggests that you get the most important tasks done in the first 20% of your day. So if you work an 8 hour work day, for example, the most important tasks should be completed within the first 2 hours. What naturally follows is that you also prioritize based on the level of difficulty. Tackle the most arduous or complicated tasks when you are fresh and leave the more mindless tasks for the last part of the day when fatigue starts to set in.
Hope you found these hacks useful, we’d love to hear if you have others that keep you going or if you use some of these already.