How to get organized in your freelancing
Being your own boss is one of the best yet most critical aspects of freelancing, especially when you're still at the very dawn of your freelance career. We've compiled a selection of tips to help you get organized in your everyday routine.
1. Identify your league. First things first, you ought to clearly define your professional interests in order to set the pace for your freelancing. As a beginner, you are prone to being all over the place out of sheer overexcitement. But the trick is to try and convert your enthusiasm into energetic productivity instead. Decide on the type and scale of assignments that you are willing to take early on and start honing your identity as you grow.
2. Prioritize wisely. Prioritizing tasks according to your mood is clearly not the best way to go about it! You can either schedule your tasks by order of importance (intrinsic value/client attributes) or urgency (deadlines) for optimized productivity.
3. Write things down. You can't just trust your memory with everything. Get yourself a decent notebook and start jotting tasks down. As much as I appreciate the outstanding contribution of online calendars/note-taking tools, I still believe in the efficiency of pen-and-paper note-taking in terms of visualizing tasks. Let’s face it, nothing beats the satisfaction of crossing out a completed task using an actual highlighter.
4. Declutter your desktop. You will significantly reduce your confusion just by creating a suitable filing system for your documents and material. Avoid mixing clients/projects and make sure to backup all your files in order to avoid losing critical data.
5. Do not overwhelm yourself. It is quite easy to fall victim to the planning fallacy at the beginning of your freelance career (or any other type of career for that matter). Do not pick your assignments based on the number of projects you *think* you can complete over a given period of time but rather base your decision on the number of projects that you have actually been able of knock off during that time span in the past.
6. Make friends with deadlines. You simply cannot treat deadlines as a mere acquaintance. You are bound to bonding with both the official deadlines set by the client and the unofficial deadlines you set for yourself for you to thrive professionally as a freelancer.