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Why Time Management is So Important for Freelance Writers

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Discussing time management may be a passion of mine, and a source of a profession, but it has meaning for every freelance writer. Freelance writers work in the truest sense of the word because while other workers, workers with employers, can blog and shop online and play Minesweeper, freelancer writers have to be hard at work writing articles / blog posts / books / copy, keeping track of their bookkeeping, managing their client files, building their marketing platforms to attract business, pitching prospective clients, and updating a business plan that works with the freelance flow. We only have a limited number of hours per day, and we can only productively allot so many to our freelance writing businesses. Therefore, it is vital that we manage our time effectively.

No matter what you call time management--energy management or some other replacement title--it is still fundamental. And, fundamentally, time management is managing your own energy to focus on productively meeting prioritized objectives.

I recently changed my work schedule a bit to accommodate the rushed feeling I was getting by doing all of my billable work at the end of my business day. I was doing all of my marketing with the first four hours and was really enjoying cranking out email queries to prospective clients, tweeting, blog commenting, and assorted marketing tasks I'd given myself from my marketing plan. But after I finished these tasks, I was lacking the air I needed to do my writing. I had become less effective in completing my client work, and I knew I had to change something. So I set my business hours and I flipped around my schedule. I share this with you to share that probably the most crucial time management advice for freelance writers is that you be aware of how you use your time and where you put your energy. You'll discover that you can seemingly create time for your work by using your most productive hours for the necessary tasks you have.

How do you accommodate your productive, energetic hours to manage your time?

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4 thoughts on “Why Time Management is So Important for Freelance Writers”

  1. I was lucky. An ingenious time management wizard gave me this really annoying project to complete that required actually writing down all of the various shit I wanted to accomplish and to then perform various acts of follow-up after having this information in hand (I won’t give away the secret recipe here).

    Anyway, being forced to do this and to look at all of the goals, requirements, etc.–big and little–at one time caused something to click. Everything started falling into place without much resistance.

    Combining that project with some other good advice and what I already understood about my propensity to spend hours doing things that weren’t necessarily directly related to most of those pages made a difference.

    Now, I’m turning it up a notch. I’m going to cut my working hours in half. Seriously.

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    • Carson,
      I’m glad to hear that I was helpful. Cutting your work hours is a big deal, but I guarantee that you feel empowered and dare I say prepared to undertake this task now that you have a real grip on the management of your time. Focus on scheduling the big tasks and being as efficient with your energy as possible. Think about which hours will be the best match of circumstances for you and run with it. We who own our own businesses have the freedom to work as we work best! You pickpocket yourself to do otherwise 😉

      Please keep us updated on your freelance writing efficiency 🙂

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  2. I so agree with the time management part. As a mom who only has three free hours in the day to write/network/market, I find it best to get the writing done and over with as soon as I can. Then, I spend the rest of the time networking and marketing:-) So, yeah, I guess what you’re doing is what the rest of us are also doing or at least should be doing!

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    • Prerna,
      Three hours may not seem like a lot to those with full-time capabilities, but as a mother I’m sure that those three hours are an eternity! In those three hours I bet you can get a ton done when you know what tasks to make. My suggestion is to outsource some tasks or automate them, such as bookkeeping and research. With your bookkeeping, using Outright can outsource everything beyond data entry, and research can be partially outsourced by setting up Google Alerts and by calling up your local reference librarian and requesting a compiled resource list.

      Please come back and let me know what struggles you face with limited time. Input from blog mama Rebecca will be invaluable, and I will try and address the concerns of part-timers in a future post.

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