Being a creative, freelance or ghost writer means you’re the boss. You don’t have anyone looking over your shoulder to see what you’re working on and if you’ll finish your work on time. This is your responsibility. Follow the tips below to keep your productivity on track. Otherwise, you may have to enlist the help of family and friends to help you complete your projects. Ouch!
10 Ways to Increase Your Freelance Productivity
1. Don’t be a clock watcher. When I worked in ‘corporate America’ most of the co-workers- watched the clock (me too, sometimes). It would be 9 am and they’d say, “Three more hours to lunch.” After lunch it was, “Five more hours until I go home.” Anyway, being a clock watcher will drive you nuts! Listen to soft or classical music while you write, open a window to allow fresh air into your home office or take a break.
2. Get up at the same time every day. This can help keep you and your writing on track. If you get up earlier, you can get in a workout before you begin writing. Perhaps a jog or run around the neighborhood will get the ‘writing juices’ flowing.
3. Eat a good breakfast. You’ve probably heard this one before. Eating a healthy breakfast will keep you full and satisfied and keep your writing on track.
4. Schedule your freelance writing projects for the week. Prepare a weekly writing schedule to help you stay on track. Figuring out how much time you need to devote to each project will make it easier to schedule your writing time.
5. Work on the most important (priority) or time consuming task first or last. Prioritize your projects. Figure out what projects must be completed ASAP and go from there. You can work on ‘easy’ projects first and leave more time consuming projects later.
6. Schedule breaks throughout your day. It’s important to take breaks throughout the day. Get up and stretch or go for a walk. Eat lunch and unwind my listening to music or doing a ‘quick’ yoga session. Give yourself a break; otherwise, writer’s burnout will settle in.
7. Avoid distractions like electronic gadgets, television, social media, etc. Sometimes email, Skype, the iPhone and iPad, Droid, TV, Facebook, etc. can be distractions. Try to check emails twice or three times per day. Check your ‘personal Facebook page’ in the morning and later in the day. Distractions have a way of sucking you in (I know) and sometimes they won’t let you go.
8. If you find yourself losing focus, stop writing. If you can’t focus, stop writing. It’s better to stop versus writing nonsense. You can always writer later at night.
9. Attend teleseminars and webinars to break up the day once in a while. Schedule teleseminars and webinars into your ‘light’ writing days or rearrange your schedule. You can learn valuable information if you select the right ones to attend. Make sure you actually get something out of a teleseminar or webinar besides and hour long sales pitch. Believe me; I’ve attended teleseminas and webinars that weren’t worth it. I was left thinking, “I gave up 60-90 minutes for this. You didn’t tell me anything.” Be discerning and discriminating with your time.
10. End your day at the same time. You may have ‘rush projects’ from time-to-time but do your best to end your day at the same time. This way you can spend time with your family, take a writing class or do whatever it is you want to do.
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