Freelancers are people who are responsible for their own work in the purest sense of the word “responsible”. They choose when to produce it and how to produce it – customizing their work-flow as it suits them, not how it suits their boss. They are the entrepreneurs of the world, people who have chosen to take the rein of their work life.
With all this freedom comes great responsibilities though (yes, I bet you’re thinking of the Spiderman quote “with great power comes great responsibility”). Because you’re responsible for producing the work, and only you can empower yourself to work, then it could also turn the other way. You may not have developed the discipline required to follow through your schedule each day, as that is what you’ll be required to do to become successful as a freelancer.
A lot of the time, freelancers will delay, delay, and further delay work, and it’s becoming all too common on the industry of web design and development (you almost expect delays in the schedule) and we really need to come together as a community to stop this and provide a more quality service, that’s on time.
I’ve recently fallen into the old procrastination trap, and it’s a damn hard one to get out of sometimes. I find the easiest way to do so, is to write up a to-do list every morning if you don’t already, and focus solely on the tasks at hand. Your first priority every day is your work, get what needs to be done finished, and then think about the rest.
An important and core skill that all freelancers need to develop is prioritizing correctly. You may be able to write up a to-do list and follow through, but are you really completing the tasks that need to be done first? You need to list the tasks in order of most pending to least pending.
Are you personally falling behind on a lot of work as a freelancer? You know what to do.
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