As a week cap before we head into the weekend, I thought it might be awesome to share an ‘a-ha!’ moment with my readers. As a freelancer, I feel I am always busy. But the truth of the matter is that there is busy-work and actual production work. Depending on what your goals are, you can allocate your time to get done what needs to get done. Of course you should make time for working out, meal prepping, meeting up with friends, and of course, date night. If you’re building your freelance up, then you have to allocate your time and guard it. For the first time since high school (what happened in college, anyhow?), I’ve actually picked up a planner and have been using it to track what I actually get done in the week. What I found was surprising!
First, let’s dive into how you allocate your time. Just like in finance and budgeting, you have fixed costs, or in this case, fixed time. What I mean here is that you have things you need to do every day in order to get along during the day. Fixed time includes the time you spend showering, running to the ladies and gent’s room, making food, eating food, and my favorite, sleeping. The other categories can be broken down into four types: urgent vs. non-urgent and important vs. not as important.
The next part in knowing how to use productivity to get stuff done is to have a goal of what will move you forward the most. Is it going to meetups to find clients? Perhaps taking time to create that youtube video? Or eating popcorn on the couch while you Netflix and chill? Believe me, they are all important. You need to have chill time in order to be more productive. I’ve tried the balls-to-the-wall approach, and I just became a sleep-deprived and schizophrenic person. When I began to integrate relaxing with long periods of focused attention, I began to see results. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I wandered or spent too much time being distracted by a hot guy, but in order to move forward you need to spend more time in the first part of the above matrix, important and urgent/not urgent. This is important if you have a big goal you want to work towards – remember those New Year resolutions? Making the sacrifices today will pay off in the future.
Okay, so this next part is kind of fun – using a planner. I took a week out of the month and tracked what I was actually doing. It turns out I spend way too much time doing things that were urgent and not important. To be on track with everything I had laid out for the year back in January, I needed to know where I was spending my time, and how much time I was allocating towards my goals. With tracking, I was able to see where I needed to make adjustments. If you work on your computer a lot, which most of us do at this time, then pairing your calendar with a time tracker app really helps. To achieve your goals, and get stuff done, write down in your planner how much time you can allocate to working on a particular goal.
Each person has different goals, and they are all important. To get closer achieving your goals, allocate more time towards them. Find out where you spend your time, and make the adjustment. It really helps to have a friend or two work with you – so don’t be shy! Allocate your time, and remember that life’s a journey – so enjoy the ride as you get closer to bigger and better goals. You’re worth it, so be brave and go after your goals!
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