You don’t work under the schedule, rarely do meetings and don’t need to visit office daily. As a freelancer, you don’t need to worry about the problems of productivity, which usually face office employees. However, still have to master the techniques of self-discipline and learn to organize your time.
So how to do the job unexpectedly productive?
#1 More Private Life and Leisure
One of the things I love about entrepreneurship is that it allows you to do what you truly love. At least, in theory, it is so. If you are constantly hanging over an endless list of tasks, try to find the gaps and fill them with life. Improved productivity won’t keep you waiting because when you are happier, you work better.
I would advise you to allocate at least one day a week for a complete relaxation. This day you mustn’t even think about work! Plan the day, so that make it chock-full packed with a variety of attractions. Hikes, sports or shared pastime with your friends and loved ones will keep you mentally strong during the next working week.
Thus, by allocating time on things you truly love, you’ll be able to concentrate better on routine tasks specific to your industry.
#2 Take Breaks Regularly
Although that’s hardworking that makes the result, you’re not a machine. Even machines sometimes need to cool off. To become more productive, learn to notice when the body and mind are tired out and give yourself permission to recharge.
Entrepreneurs should take breaks even more often than others because they’re not just working with a system – they create new systems! And they don’t just solve problems — they anticipate and avoid them!
In other words, entrepreneurs daily face tests of endurance, not only regarding efficiency but also the ability to think tactically, creatively and objectively.
One of the best ways to allocate breaks during the workday is to use the Pomodoro Technique, which was especially popular in the 1980s among programmers. Wikipedia offers five simple steps:
- Define the problem.
- Set the timer for 25 minutes.
- Work on the task until the timer rings and put a checkmark.
- Take a short 3–5 minutes break.
- Every hour take a break for 15-20 minutes.
Moreover, there are a lot of apps that will automate this technique.
#3 Take More from the Working Environment
We are very susceptible to the environment. Our mood greatly depends on the fact how we feel ourselves among others and how we organize our working environment. A clean, organized space inspires thought processes and helps to act intently. On the contrary, noise, confusion, and jostling interfere with concentration.
Surely you know about the importance of having a well-rounded workplace, but it’s not just about four walls and a desk.
- Sounds. Though silence is Golden, the right music can help you to focus and the body to act, which will make you more energetic. Try these songs.
- Smells. Smells are connected with memories, so a light scent can instantly bring us back to the memories of the day we thought we had completely forgotten. Buy a scented candle or incense, put it near the work area and light it when you’re full of readiness to work intensively. The brain will learn to associate the scent with the memory of productive work. And once this association is formed, you can light a candle and set the mind to work.
- Thinking. When you solve problems and formulate the idea you want to convey to the interlocutor, the brain operates intensively. So afterward you need to refresh the brain. Spend about 15–20 minutes in the morning on clearing the mind from clutter. This will cultivate mental calm that will help you to live a productive day.
#4 Be Consistent
Measure twice, cut once. Productivity is a marathon, not a 100-meter dash. Like the runners leap forward after the start, we think that we’ll be productive if we do everything very quickly. But the rush and switching from one task to another can lead to frustration and mistakes that could have been avoided. Also is there are less important work that takes your time, you can hire people to do it, there are different ways of hiring as offshoring vs outsourcing deciding on what would be faster and better.
In fact, often much more productive approach is to spend half an hour studying the issue, and then effectively approach the problem. The Internet is almost a classroom – you just have to take advantage of the benefits it gives!
#5 Think of Productivity as a Cycle
Productivity is not something you can open and close whenever you want. Do not expect that you’ll be able to push a special button mentally and immediately become super-productive. Think of productivity as the process in which you participate throughout the day. It manifests itself in everything, starting from what you eat and how you relax.
Once you start to work on productivity, you realize that it becomes easier and easier to maintain it day-to-day. Like any other habit, it’s a cycle of repeated actions.
You are an entrepreneur. That’s no one else but you the engine of your business. Thus, everything, starting from finding customers to profit depends on your ability to do things well from day to day. In other words, there is a direct relationship between your productivity and success of your company. Boost it by half, and you’ll soon earn twice as much!
Productivity is not just about organizing a more successful and profitable business – it’s also about the satisfaction that money cannot bring. The joy of a job done well makes you want to do it day after day.