Freelance Writing: Simple Tips on Complicated Topics10 Ways to Be a More Productive Freelance Writer
In our crazy world, being busy is often misinterpreted as being effective. However, as you’ve probably noticed, working extra hours is not the same as making extra money. You can work 10 hours or even longer without doing much, whereas someone else can do two or three times more in the same amount of time, staying focused and productive.
So, what’s their secret? How do they stay effective? Or do they use some kind of doping?
In short, here are 10 ways to help you boost your productivity as a freelance writer:
To Be Faster
- Forget multitasking. Multitasking is a myth. Recent studies have shown that nobody can concentrate on more than one project at a time. Even more than that – you even won’t be able to focus on more than one part of one project, such as researching and writing, for instance.
- Kill your inner ‘surfer’. It might seem obvious, but leisure browsing is a number one time killer. Do something about it.
- Ignore email. Did you know that 8 in 10 freelancers are email addicts? Make a schedule for checking email if necessary.
- Reduce working hours. Instead of planning to work extra hours, try to do the same amount of work in less time. In most cases you can achieve more by simply changing your plan.
To Be More Productive
Productivity of a freelance writer is equal to the number of pages completed.
- Avoid insignificant tasks. Sometimes we spend 80% of time on 20% of assignment. Avoid getting stuck on something insignificant. You may want to skip the most time-consuming assignments.
- Remember that not all clients are the same. Be prepared to the most unexpected feedbacks of your clients. Some of them don’t know what they need. Others have difficulties putting their requirements into words. It’s not you, it’s them. Try not to be too emotional when dealing with them.
- Avoid doubtful projects. We all know those cases when you see that the client is crazy right from the start. If you see that doing task is too close to impossible, simply don’t take it.
To Be Happier
- Don’t be afraid to lose your client. Sometimes a client who chooses you as a preferred writer doesn’t know any limits and asks you to do some extra work simply because s/he always returns to you. You don’t have to do it unless you really want to.
- Put frustrating tasks aside. As a freelance writer, you can choose any topics to work on. If you don’t feel like working on some pessimistic topics, simply don’t do it.
- Avoid undesirable work. Once again, use your common sense and the right to choose tasks.
What’s your personal recipe of being productive as a freelance writer?