A mentor told me that leaders plan, while managers oversee the execution of the “plan.” Management is an act of seeking and finding efficiency. How you work efficiently as a freelancer lies on how you handle your daily freelancing routines.
From writing content to responding to emails, from getting clients to handling these clients successfully. These are some of the tasks that freelancers handle on a daily basis. Moreover, there are the areas that determine the success or failure of a freelancer – SOCIAL MEDIA. The social media platforms can make or break your dreams. How efficient you use them determines your success as a freelance writer.
How efficient are you on social media?
You wake up in the morning, open your notebook or desktop PC and login Twitter, then you find a trending conversation about the ConvertKit blogging report. You like the tweets or chats. They are highly motivating and educational. But are they part of your tasks for the day? No. You had planned to complete that eBook and research valuable content for the next gig.
Leadership: Doing right things.
Management: Doing things right.
– Stephen R. Covey.
As per your plans, you should only engage in social media after completing your daily tasks or 2:00 PM. Whichever comes first! But there is an important #tag about blogging. Who doesn’t know your great plans to improve your blog to 100,000 followers by year end? I have two pieces of advice for you.
1. Bookmark the trending topics.
If it’s a must that you must log into your social media accounts in the morning, the chances are that you will find “hot” trending topics. Unless your specialization is in social media, the best way to keep these chats and tweets is by bookmarking them. You can save the #tag with the help of a notepad text editor. That’s one method of bookmarking it. You can still “turn on” notification on the Facebook post. With such tricks, you will get time for them after you are done with the tasks in your “priority” list.
2. Use a different browser for social media.
Very few people freelance from their smartphones or tablets. In any case, you can install multiple browsers in such gadgets. If you are having problems with social media, where you find yourself logging into Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest between your schedules or early in the morning, I will recommend that you find a different browser for social media. I normally use Firefox for my social media activities. Rarely will I use social media on my default browser. It has been part of my daily freelancing routines for over three years.
Such tricks ensure that you spend the least time on social media. You will be able to have all the time to focus on your tasks for the day. I understand that you know it is good to plan for what to do on the next day before you go to sleep. I’ve always done this since my days in high school. The planning habit makes the tasks easier. You clearly understand what the most important task is and which is the most engaging activity. As such, planning your time becomes easier.
How to spend your time efficiently!
There is a cliché that says “time is money.” If you are good at planning your time, then you are good in achieving almost anything. On a normal day (when I’m not traveling for a seminar or hiking) I start with my clients’ work. I have scheduled 7 hours in a day for my clients’ work. That is the main freelancing work. Depending with the TAT or how bulk the work is, I will start with eBooks and then finish with reviews. I also spend three hours reading (blogs to hardcover books) and 5 hours doing my stuff. It means working fifteen hours in a day – but I only have 5 normal days in a week!
In case you have a task that you can finish in thirty minutes, start off the day with it. Give every task on your to-do list its time. Make this habit a part of your freelancing routine. Longer tasks require more time, ensure that you have scheduled enough time for such tasks. If you get revisions, be sure to complete them immediately. Such strategies make you proactive. You will be able to work timely and efficiently!