To be honest I suck at time management. Badly. Really badly. I cannot put into words how much I have always sucked at managing my time.
But to be honest freelancing has kind of helped that.
Much like you must budget your money you must also budget your time. There are a few ways to do it too. One way to effectively manage your time and stay motivated when doing work is to listen to music. It's a good idea to put a music album on and just work through the music, telling yourself you'll take a short break when it's done. If you do that you can find yourself working for a good 60-90 minutes with a 10-15 minute break at the end of it.
That's a good idea but it's only half of what I do.
The other half is to just keep buggering on.
|It's the British way|
I did try and implement a simple daily plan though. These days I wake up around 11AM (yeah I know it's bad; I have my reasons). I have breakfast and just do morning things until around 12. At that point I fire up Pokémon Go and spend an hour or so
You see why I have a hard time sticking to a schedule?
It's even worse when I'm busy. That's the main reason I've eaten so much takeaway food lately. I find myself so busy I decide to not stop working at four and instead keep going and order food when I'm done. This also leaves me hungry and leads to over-eating.
Don't do this. For the love of God don't do this. I've gained 20 pounds! DON'T!
Working is important but so is taking care of yourself. Never let the work get in the way of your health. Most clients are very understanding and will accept it if you don't deliver the work as fast as you humanly can.
So there you have the key to effective time management; make a schedule and stick to it. Be willing to give yourself a little leeway though. There's no need to plan every minute of every day. Don't forget to take care of yourself too.
Well I hope you had fun with Freelancing Week. Look forward to a nice announcement on Monday!
Oh and if Kate ever shows me the infographic I'll be sure to share it with you all.