5 Time-Saving Tips for Freelance Writers
Let’s face it. Every essay writer who works at home has faced multiple distractions, time-wasters, and lost productivity. Kids, cooking, cleaning. Without a boss looking over your shoulder, there is potential for losing productivity when you are supposed to be writing at home.
Even the most successful writers have faced such a problem, and they have something to say about their own writer’s block and self-doubt. Do you want to learn some things that can help you boost productivity and become more creative? Then let’s take a closer look at the following five time-saving tips.
Get Your Mind Right Before You Start Your Day
Consider deciding what you are going to work on today once you get up in the morning. That is going to be something important to you, something that you really want to do. Before you begin working on any project, ask yourself:
- Am I in the right line of work?
- Is this kind of project really what I want to be working on?
- Is this client the one I want to work with?
- Do I still have the motivation to be a freelancer?
You may think that answering these questions is a waste of time when you have got a deadline burning. But it is really worth the effort to get your mind right and take some time to get motivated.
Improve Your Self-Confidence
You have got a new client. You have got a kind of project that you have never done before. You have got a chance to earn much more money than you usually do for a new project. And you are terrified, asking yourself: “Who am I to be a freelance writer?” “Why do I think that I will ever find well-paying clients?” “Am I able to make clients satisfied?” etc.
Such a kind of fear-based thinking and self-doubt harm your productivity. So how can you interrupt this type of negative thinking?
Actually, it is simple. Recall in your memory some really positive experience you have had as a writer. It can be one from school, a piece you composed a long time ago, or the project you submitted last week. Go back to the beginning of your path as a freelancer when you were writing from home and enjoyed it. When you remind yourself of your wins, it is a confidence and efficiency booster.
Make Friends with Fear
The bigger the dream is, the bigger is the fear. If there is no fear associated with it, it is probably not a big dream. When you are not really dreaming big, it is easy to get stuck, lose motivation, and stop doing anything. If you get in such a trap, you can eventually find yourself wasting a lot of time… days, weeks, and even years.
It is absolutely OK for every writer to fear. It does not mean that there is something wrong with you or that you cannot succeed. It is an occupational hazard of being a freelancer. In reality, fear is always going to be there, so you should better learn how to make friends with your fear.
Discover Your Most Productive Time
Some people think that freelancers are so disciplined to get up and write every morning. Actually, it is not about discipline. Discipline is more like an employee’s word. It suggests that you are not an adult, and you need someone to tell you what you have to do.
Being a freelancer is about desire, motivation, and working habits and routines you develop.
So, to become even more efficient, dedicate some time to answering the following questions:
- Where do you feel most productive?
- What time of day is best for you to work on projects?
- When do you feel tired and the least motivated?
- What is the perfect time to dedicate to non-writing tasks?
By answering these questions, it will become easier for you to build a daily routine around your writing process and maximize productivity to get more work done and enjoy doing it.
It is also very useful to create some rules about your working time. For example:
- I do my best writing work in the (what time of the day?)
- I start writing by (choose a time)
- During my scheduled writing time, I am not checking email and social media
- When I notice resistance during writing time, I will do it anyway because it is when I am most productive
When you come up with such a schedule, it is not coming from a boss. It is a structure that you have created for yourself because you know it is best for you.
Productivity Takes Practice
No one wakes up with magical powers to come up with a brilliant copy, write stories, and generate unique ideas all day. It is a learning process. Learning to manage your time and be productive takes practice, as well.
If you try a new routine and it does not work, change it. Come up with something else. Give your new process at least a week, and see how it goes. Make one small change at a time, instead of changing everything at once.
Do not forget that it takes practice to become a good writer. And it takes practice to manage your time to be more productive and earn more. And you can do it… one day at a time.