Working for yourself can be hugely rewarding and offers a number of advantages when it comes to your productivity. You have more control over your time, meaning that you get to set how you work, which is great for having the perfect work time balance.
Sure, you still might have to have the occasional meeting, but they are on your terms, for work that you choose to do, unlike if you were working for someone else. But with all these freedoms comes some pitfalls. Freelancers and the self-employed can find themselves struggling without the structure of an office job, especially when they are first starting out.
To get the most out of your time and work at peak productivity, follow these tips:
Scrap the to-do list
Don’t let to-do lists pile up on you. You’ll end up over scheduling and working extra hard to complete all your tasks. Instead of adding things to your list, add them into your calendar. Think about the time it will take to complete your task – you’ll be surprised how long even simpler tasks can take.
Set your workspace
You might not always need a private office but you do need a space where you can keep your work supplies and resources handy. It’ll keep you focussed in your space and it’s good if you work from home as it separates your leisure space from your work space.
Analyse your processes
Once you have an understanding of the time your work tasks take you, analyse them to make adjustments that will make you more efficient. Look at where you are spending your time and find where you can make cuts, without sacrificing any quality.
You can automate almost anything and there are software packages and platforms that can help you to do it. Automation will save you a huge amount of time, if it’s done properly. You can automate things like your monthly invoices or sending out emails. But don’t go too far with it, you don’t want to lose the personal touch.
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