Often, the life of a freelancer is perceived as someone who has it all.
Remote work, flexible work schedules, high salaries, no micromanaging from the boss - sounds too good to be true, right?
That's because it is.
What most people don't know is that freelancers play multiple roles daily. They're employees, bosses, accountants, social media managers, and motivational speakers to themselves. You, as a freelancer, can use many tools to help you organize your work better, but when it comes to productivity, it can be hard to maintain it.
A lot of freelancers struggle to stay productive after a certain period.
But, as always, Brybe's editorial team is here to help you.
Here are seven proven ways to help you get your productivity back on track.
1. Set up a working station
It's easy to get distracted as a freelancer. If you're working from home, you have the TV, the bed, your jacuzzi - if you're that lucky - and all of them seem way more interesting than your job. If you have a pet or if you're a parent, things can get even more challenging.
One of the hardest things to accept as a freelancer is that your home is also your office. That's why you must set a working station. Easier said than done, I know.
First, not everyone can afford a working station. But you can start small - just a desk, a lamp, a comfortable chair, and your computer in a separate corner in one of your rooms. Once you sit on that chair, you know it's work time, and you'll give your best to finish your tasks.
2. Set up your working hours
Once you've set up your desk, it's time to get more practical about your working hours. Writers from clockify.com did some research on a typical day in the life of a freelancer. They've discovered that most freelancers do their work from 10:30 AM to 1 PM and then again from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
Every freelancer has a different schedule. But without one, you may end up sitting all day in front of your computer, not doing much of anything.
If you're not working in a specific time zone, you can set up your schedule. If you need to be available to your clients during particular hours of the day, work your way around it. But, be precise about the working hours so that you can stay productive.
3. Don't forget to take breaks
Breaks are essential when you're a freelancer. Many studies have shown that breaks during your working hours increase your productivity.
But, many freelancers don't know how to take a break from work. They either work on multiple projects simultaneously and they're struggling to meet deadlines, or they're workaholics. Either one is a pretty bad habit, and that's why learning how to take breaks can be a tricky skill to master for these professionals.
If you want to increase your productivity, you need to learn how to take a minute for yourself during working hours. Take a walk, listen to music, go for a run with your dog - whatever that can relax your mind a bit. Preferably, don't take your phone to watch at another screen. You'll feel more energized to come back to work once your break is finished.
4. Make your Done! list
I know that everyone says to create your to-do list, and although I completely support this organizational tactic, it may be overwhelming for some freelancers.
Here's the thing. If you start your day by writing a list of 10 things you need to do, you may quit before you even begin!
What I did when I was working for three clients at once is this - I kept a Done! list instead of To-Do list. Each day, at night, after I finished all of my tasks, I took some time to write all of my successfully finished tasks. It gave me the motivation to do the same work the next day.
It's easy to stay motivated and on track with your goals when you remind yourself about the work you've done.
Give it a try!
5. Create a solid plan
You can set up your desk, and write your Done! list, but if you don't plan your activities, you'll end up not doing much of any.
It would help if you had a clear plan for your daily, weekly, or monthly activities. If you're working solo, a plan will keep you on track. If you're working in a team, you need constant communication with all team members to plan your activities. If you feel overwhelmed by your plan, divide it into smaller goals. What's important is that you feel in charge of your plan and that you're actually able to pull it all together.
But, don't start working without a plan.
6. Limit your social media time
You know that feeling when you've completed specific tasks, and you reward yourself with a bit of social media time, and you end scrolling on Twitter?
Well, many freelancers know this feeling. I may exaggerate a bit, but you get the point - social media can be a major productivity killer. Luckily, there are many tools you can use to cut down on your unproductive surfing time.
You can use BlockSite - it's a Chrome extension that helps you block all the websites influencing your productivity. If you don't like this one, do your research. There are plenty of extensions that offer the same function.
7. Reward yourself
Don't forget to enjoy life.
After a job well done, remember to reward yourself. Whether that's a new PC game, a skincare product, or a new jacket, it doesn't make much of a difference - the important thing is to know that you've earned it.
Building a career as a freelance requires persistence, dedication, and self-motivation.
So, if you're up for the challenge, we have plenty of Buyer's Requests at our Marketplace.
It's up to you to find the right job and give your best to get hired.