Finding the Right Project Management Tool
There are two types of project management tools: those you pay for and those you can acquire for free. The latter is the most desired option for many freelancers, especially when you are operating your business on a shoestring.
Fortunately, going down the free route doesn’t mean you will be sacrificing quality. Freedcamp is used by Adobe and Stanford University, which is testimony to its efficacy. I use it for managing my blogs, affiliate marketing, and writing ventures. Although I don’t have the need to liaise with others yet, I know there is an option for bringing others into the project. This means I can outsource to other freelancers and manage their activities from one place.
When using Freedcamp, I write my to-do lists every Sunday evening. This includes my article targets for the week, the blog posts I want to write, and how much I am going to write in each e-book. Ticking everything off is cathartic and gives me the chance to see what progress I am making. It is also motivational, which is quite useful when I discover joys on Netflix—like Downton Abby of all things.
All the project management tools in the world are useless if you cannot generate motivation. We’ve all been there: one moment you are working hard, the next you don’t feel as though you can push yourself, despite the volume of work you have. When this happens, there are a few things you can do to get your motivation kick started:
· Remember your life goals: Think about what it is that you want from life. Why are you working so hard? It may be putting a deposit down on a house, buying presents for your kids at Christmas, or saving for a new car. When motivation is lacking, take a few minutes out of your time to look at these things and then get back to work.
· Go outside: No matter what the weather is like outside, you need to get yourself wrapped up every two hours and take five minutes out there. This wakes you up and infuses you with fresh oxygen. As a result, you can motivate yourself.
· Download a free motivation book: Head to Amazon’s Kindle store and see what free books are available. People need to promote their free e-books all the time and you don’t have to have a kindle to read them. Many of them are fantastic writers looking for a break, so give them a chance and throw a review in there when you have done.
Setting Your Daily Timetable
Some people are like children, myself included, which means they need a set daily routine. If you can afford to do this—i.e. you don’t have young children at home—then do it. Try to make this fun if you can, and figure out if you are a night owl or a morning lark. I rarely work well at night, unless I am focusing on something I love.
Getting organised and managing projects is essential for freelancers. Even if young children are capturing your attention at home, having a to-do list helps. Whether you are ticking it off at 5am before they rise or at 7pm when they fall asleep, it is all useful to your freelancing venture.