Eleven Ways to Enhance Your Productivity …
The secret to becoming successful at anything, including your freelance career, is using your time effectively.
So today, I've put together what I consider to be some of the top reasons how you as a freelancer (or aspiring freelancer) can be even more productive than you are right now.
- Have long-term goals – You have to have a "big-picture vision" for your career. As the saying goes, "If you don't know where you're going, how will you know when you get there?"
- Have short-term goals – You also need daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals that will propel you to achieving all your long-term goals. If your big-picture goal is to become a six-figure freelance writer, make a list of everything you need to do. For example, your list might consist of programs you need to study, writing and publishing your freelance writing website, marketing activities, and so on. Then work backwards and break those tasks into monthly, weekly, and then daily goals.
- Don't let fear control you – Moving forward in your career almost always means doing something that's out of your comfort zone. So if there are certain things that are integral to your business success that you don't like doing or scare you, you need to address and conquer them. Because here's the thing … if you're never in danger of failing at something, chances are you're not putting yourself out there enough – and are limiting your possibilities. (If you missed it, check out my article “12 Ways to Confront the Fears that Are Blocking Your Success” for help with this.)
- Get your priorities straight – Make sure you are always working on what will bring you the most return.
- Have systems in place – Get systems in place ASAP for acquiring new clients, following up with prospects, enhancing your writing knowledge, and other tasks vital to growing your business. Don't just fly by the seat of your pants and hope that everything works out okay.
- Don't let yourself off the hook – In the morning, you set out to accomplish "this much." When 5 or 6 p.m. arrives and you haven't accomplished what you set out to do for the day, don’t stop working for the day. Instead, keep going until you are completely done with your day’s to-do list.
- Don't let distractions rule you – Instead of writing, you're checking your email or surfing the Internet for the latest news. Avoid this at all costs. As Founding Father Ben Franklin once said: "A small leak will sink a great ship."
- Don't work for less than you are worth – If you agree to do a job that pays very little, you end up feeling resentment towards the work and your client. That can quickly take all the fun out of being a freelance writer. Learn how to convey the value you bring to a company so you can ask for and get the price you deserve for your efforts. For more about this topic, check out Steve Roller's article "How to Determine Your Value in the Marketplace."
- Get enough exercise – President John F. Kennedy said it best: "Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” The time you spend exercising will more than pay for itself in the additional energy you'll have for your writing.
- Focus on one thing at time – You brain is scattered because you're trying to do too much all at once. Multitasking doesn't work. Focus on one thing at time, and you'll get more done and feel more in control.
- Get organized – Keep your office space organized. You'll instantly feel better about your day and what you need to get done.
Do you have any other productivity boosting tips? If so, please share your comments here.
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