When you work for someone else, your day is sort of defined by what they want and need. Sure, you may be able to decide what order you do tasks in or when to take your lunch break, but there’s not a ton of flexibility. On the other hand, when you’re self-employed, you can pretty much decide when to work and when not to work. Today I wanted to share some tips for organizing your day when you’re self-employed.
Batch Your Tasks
It may sound counter-productive to write all of your social media posts for the month when you have more pressing tasks to get to, but imagine the freedom you’ll experience for the rest of the month knowing it’s already scheduled. That’s the beauty of batching your tasks. Start by figuring out which tasks you do regularly, and then determine how you can do them less by batching them together in one day. For example, write your blog posts for the month at the beginning of the month, and write your social media posts for the following month at the end of the month.
Time Block Your Days
When planning out each of your days, first look at any meetings or appointments that have to take place at a certain time. Then, block out times around those. You can get as specific or vague with your blocking as you’d like. You can spend 1:30-2pm working on the days blog post, or you can just block time for work, exercise, meals etc.
Work When YOU are Most Productive
The beauty of working for yourself is that you can make your own schedule. So if the 9-5 schedule doesn’t work for you, don’t use it! If you find you like to sleep in until 10, do your morning routine until noon, and work noon to 8pm, that’s perfect. Or maybe you’d rather get some work done in the morning, take a longer break mid-day and then work later in the afternoon/evening. The sky is the limit.
Prioritize Your To-Do List
It’s a good idea to write out a to-do list every day. But you should also take it one step further by prioritizing your to-do list. You don’t want to get caught with must-do tasks after you’ve already put in a full day of work. Make sure the most important things are at the top of your list.
Organizing your day when you’re self-employed doesn’t have to be stressful. Try a few different methods and figure out what works for you!