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The Guide to Time Management for the Self Employed

Business Advice | 11 April 2023 | 1 year ago

As someone who is self employed, it’s important to have good time management skills. You are solely responsible for staying on top of things, and poor time management can hinder this. In this blog, we take a look at how you can improve your time management as a freelancer.

Why Time Management Matters

Staying organised, focused and productive lets you make the most of each day. This helps to keep clients happy by meeting deadlines, avoiding delays and hitting realistic targets. If you have poor time management, it’s likely that certain tasks will end up being rushed and completed at the last minute, which could impact the quality of your work. A lack of time management can also make your workday a lot more stressful. Instead of feeling organised and on top of things, you might feel overwhelmed and overworked.

Challenges for Freelancers

Being a freelancer comes with a number of challenges, such as being your own manager. If you are having trouble staying motivated and on track, there is no one there to encourage you or dictate what needs to be done and by when. You are responsible for avoiding procrastination and distractions. Working mostly alone often means being less aware of the fact other people are relying on you to deliver work, and finding the determination to complete tasks in a timely manner can be difficult. It’s also common for freelancers to blur the lines between their work life and home life, struggling to find a good balance.

Time Management Techniques

There are a lot of things that you can do to improve your time management abilities, all of which are sure to help you better manage your self employed workload. One of the most important things to do is to set clear and realistic goals, so you always know what you need to do and when. Plus, the satisfaction of completing goals is likely to encourage you to push yourself even further at work.

It’s also beneficial to plan your projects daily, and then break down into manageable tasks, those with time that you can estimate. You should also make time for regular breaks – the Pomodoro technique is good for this – and exercise, both of which help you to refocus on the tasks ahead of you. It’s also helpful for distractions, such as putting your phone on ‘do not disturb’ mode and staying off social media. The great thing about being self employed is that you can determine your own work day, so consider if a 9 to 5 is best. Who knows, you may work better in the evenings or early in the morning.

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