Being a freelance writer gives you freedom to be your own boss, administrator, assistant, and manager. Although some people may see this is a good thing, it can be hard for some to manage everything all at once. This will result to late submission of your work which isn’t a good thing. To stay in top of things, here are 7 tips you can follow to become more productive in freelance writing.
Make a Prioritized List
- The key for being a successful freelancer is keeping everything organized. You can use your notebook, planner, program, or lists on your desktop to your advantage to organize things. It’s also a good thing to jot down the deadlines of each project on the list to keep track of them.
Stay Away from Distractions
- The internet is your best friend, and at the same time, your worst enemy when you’re a freelancer. With just a click of a button you’ll probably end up browsing social media rather than doing work instead. Some might say it’s called “multitasking” but this is definitely a myth. To focus on your work, try your best to stay away from them like turning off social media notifications and turn them on once you’re done. You can also use programs to block these sites for a while and get back to them after.
Go Easy on Yourself
- Be mindful in accepting projects. If you’re grabbing 20 projects all at one that are due on the same day, you’ll have to think if you have enough time to complete all of them before the deadline. It’s important to leave extra time for each project to proofread, do extra research, and do necessary edits. And most importantly, don’t forget to give yourself a break for doing all that hard work.
- Time management is the key for passing your work on time. For example, if you have a project that’s due by 3pm, then do your best to finish it by 1pm. Thus, giving you extra time to proofread and check your work before passing it. Each project you have must have this little time interval so that you can submit it without worrying of any errors you may have left.
Express Your Issues Early On
- If you need extra time to do your work, then it’s important to communicate with your client as early as possible. Also ask questions clearly and concisely if you have any concerns on a project they’ve given you. Once you found an issue on the project, immediately contact your client so he/she can assist you.
Don’t Pressure Yourself
- After successfully completing a project, take a break like walking away for a few minutes or reward yourself with a snack. Breath, stretch that body, have a cup of coffee, or just do something else for a while. Rewarding yourself after working for hours can motivate you to do even more later on.
Take Time to Proofread
- Now that you’re done taking a break, it’s time to proofread your work. If proofreading may look like a time consuming process for you, then you should review your time management skills. A quick proofread can make a difference. You don’t want to submit a project full of grammatical errors right? So proofreading is definitely a must.