Many freelance writers face different challenges at the very beginning of their writing career. One of these challenges is a time management. At the very beginning of my writing career, there were many times I had difficulties meeting deadlines. Why? I didn’t create a distraction-free environment.
There were photos, books, pencils and other time-stealers on my desk. I specifically remember one summer day. My room needed fresh air, so I opened the window. Every sound drew my attention, so every few minutes I was at the window looking on the people going to the beach. The other major time stealer were social networks. Instead of writing, I was checking news, commenting photos of my friends or just scrolling down my wall. On a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is “very, very bad” and 10 is “perfect”, I would rate my performance as 2 or 3, but not more than that. So, I was aware I needed to change that situation otherwise I would lose all my clients. So, I did these things:
- CLEANING UP. Yes, I cleaned up my desk. I removed all unnecessary things and kept only those I knew I’d use. My desk wasn’t a place for photos, jewelry, boxes and other time-stealers anymore.
- MUSIC. I couldn’t afford any outside distraction steal my time anymore, too, so I decided to eliminate all of them. The best solution was to create a playlist on my media player that contains some light, non-distracting music, plug in my headphones in my smartphone, and click on play button. The result was awesome! The time I needed to finish my writing tasks was reduced by more than 50%.
- SOCIAL MEDIA. In this case, I needed to be ruthless and give a strict order to myself to log out and close all tabs with social media when I write. Yes, being freelancer means being your own boss, but being your own boss means also being responsible for the sake of business.