I began freelance blogging and writing after I got laid off from my job. After applying to countless job positions and either not hearing back or not being offered a position, I decided to pursue blogging and writing ill time. It has been an amazing opportunity, allowing me quite a bit of flexibility, including being available for my family in case they need me, having the shortest commute ever, and being able to learn entrepreneurship. As awesome as it is to be a freelance blogger, I’ve run into a couple of road blocks along the way. Most of these blocks include time management and organization.
Being a freelance blogger is all about being organized and using your time wisely. It’s easy to get distracted when you work from home. There’s mindless television on at all hours, and then the regular events at home can get in the way. Add an event in and your schedule can be thrown out of whack for weeks! Here are tips on how to be an organized blogger:
Have a schedule: Just because you’re working on your own doesn’t mean you don’t need hours of operation. Have a clear schedule set for yourself where you’ll do a task for a certain amount of time. Everyone works differently; I used to be a night owl but now I’m a relatively early riser. Make your schedule fit your best working time.
Use a planner: This has been something I use to do all the time but I’ve been slacking on lately. I like to have things planned out. If there’s a project I don’t need to start until a few days or weeks out, I have to write it down or else I’ll forget. As much as I enjoy the Internet and the many tools it gives me, in my opinion, there’s nothing better than a planner you can write in with a pen.
Reliable Internet: My entire work revolves around access to the Internet. I may not need the Internet to write or type, but I do need it to manage communications and publish. Thankfully, I have pretty reliable Internet, and if not, I do have some backup areas I can go.
A Clock or Watch: It’s so easy to lose track of time if you’re doing something you love. I like to set alarms for when it’s time to move on to the next task. It keeps me on track and keeps me efficient, so that I’m not wasting time on one task and leaving other things for the next day.
E-mail labels and filters: I write different things for different people, and e-mail tends to be our primary communication. E-mail labels and filters have become my best friend. I use filters and labels to organize who I should contact first, what post goes where, and what takes highest priority.
Paypal: For some of my positions, I’m graciously paid for my services. Paypal keeps my finances and accounting on track. I’m able to send invoices, let my clients know what I’ve done for them, and receive my funds all in the same place. This keeps just about everybody sane.
Blogging is so fun, it almost doesn’t even feel like a job! However, because it is my profession, I have to treat it as such and make sure I remain professional at all times. Organization skills like the ones mentioned above keep me sane and keep my business thriving.
So, how do you stay organized?