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5 Tips for Freelancers on Productivity

Ruslan Galba - September 2, 2019 - 0 comments

5 Tips for Freelancers on Productivity.  - Understand your  "Type"  - Use the 80/20 rule  - Set aside Quiet Time for yourself  - Block out time for Client Emails  - Be upfront with your Availability

How To Structure Your Day As A Freelancer.

The post is courtesy of @uxuimaster

Tools to stay productive

Understand your Type

What Type of person are you? Do you work better in the mornings? Or do you operate best from 10pm to 2am? Either way, know what works for YOU and structure your days around your most productive time

Use the 80/20 Pareto principle for productivity

«No fear. No distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide.» — Tyler Durden

There’s a great article that I read a while back that used Tyler Durden’s life philosophy to outline 8 Rules of Innovation. He leads with Tyler’s quote above about letting «…that which does not matter, truly slide.» He also advocates for applying Tim Ferris’ take on 80/20, where he states to «focus relentlessly on the 20% or the actions that lead to 80% of the return. In short, cut out the bull$%@! and focus on what will move the yardsticks

Set aside quiet time

Usually people will tell you to meditate, take a shower, or taking a walk. However, I like to take my mind off technology and screens by practicing a hobby such as woodworking. It allows me to use my hands and work with hand tools to create something without staring into a screen.

You’d be surprised by the balance you find when working with something like woodworking, pottery, or painting.

Set aside time to respond to inquiries

Set apart some of your days to respond to client emails when they’re most likely to respond. Pay attention and be mindful of timezones. You want to make sure that you’re connecting with them when they’re most likely to approve or accept your feedback, invoices, thoughts and ideas.

Let your clients know your availability at the start of the week

Be upfront with your clients on your availability on Friday prior to the next week, and follow up on Monday if needed. Clients will appreciate the communication and come to respect your time a little more.

Bonus – 8 useful tools for everyday usage:

Emailoctopus – an email marketing service for users of the cloud-based email-sending service Amazon SES. Its features include app integrations, blog automation, responsive templates, real-time analytics, and more.

Manychat — visual bot builder for Facebook Messenger with broadcasts, analytics, scheduled posting and many other features!

Crello — free graphic design editor that helps create images for social media, print and other web-based graphics.

Funnelytics — the best funnel mapping software available to marketers and entrepreneurs today.

Kinsta – Premium WordPress Hosting for Everyone. Kinsta’s managed WordPress hosting service helps you take care of all your website needs.

Integromat – is a powerful automation tool that connects your apps and services to work smarter, not harder.

Webflow – all-in-one web design tool that allows users to design, build, and launch responsive websites visually.

FlowKit – allows designers to create frighteningly fast user flows within Sketch and Figma.

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