How to Stay Organized: Tips for Freelancers

how to stay organized

It’s not a surprise that a lot of office workers are turning into freelancing these days. No more commutes, and no more dealing with chatty workmates in the office. You have more time in your hand and the freedom to choose what to work on next. But, being successful in the freelancing world is not that easy. To achieve your full potential as a freelancer, you should know how to stay organized despite dealing with a lot of tasks. Here are some tips for freelancers that will guide them on how to stay organized.

3 simple tips for freelancers to stay organized

Create a routine

Albeit you are just working from home, you should still have a morning, evening, and afternoon routine. It will help you keep your creative juice running and keeps your focus on the task at hand. Also, having a routine helps you manage stress, problems, and worries you will face in dealing with various projects.

Create a list

When you are managing 2 or 3 or more projects at the same time, it is a must to keep a list of to-dos with you. Categorize it per level of urgency per project. Write it somewhere you have access to at all times, like in your weekly or monthly planner. That way, you won’t be able to forget an important task, finish it on time and still managed to stay organized.

Keep a planner

Freelancing is not as easy as you think. It is as busy as those who are working in the office. Even more so since they are taking two or more projects at the same time. What you need to do is keep tabs on your every task. Write it all down in your planner, including your breaks, meals, etc. Or you can time block your schedules using the strivezen weekly planner or other planners with a time blocking template. Time blocking your activities and task will help you stay organized despite your busy day.

weekly and monthly planner with 15-minutes time block for organizing
StriveZen’s weekly/ monthly planner and appointment book allow you to schedule your task, errands and other things in 15-minute interval. You can also write down all your activities in the monthly sheet of the planner.

Work-life balance

I’ve read testimonies of freelancers who are taking 3 or 4 projects at the same time. How stressful can that be? Even when you are working in the comfort of your home, you still need a break. Self-care should always be a part of your priority no matter how busy you are. Spend time away from your computer, do the things that you love, run an errand, or treat yourself to a massage. Anything that can take your focus and mind away from work.