If you’ve been following this site for a little while, you know that I churn out content, photos, and videos fast. I don’t slow down for much, and I’m usually cranking out a lot of pages, edits, and media every day.
Naturally, that means I get one question more than any other: how do you do it?
I always laugh and say, “Not easily,” but I’m starting to think that maybe I owe my followers a better explanation. After all, time management is a very hot topic right now. Why shouldn’t I add my own two cents?
Working for Myself
One of the more obvious reasons why I manage to do all this is because—well, it’s my day job. I work from home as a freelancer, which means I spend my days making connections with clients, making content, and building my media skills.
Because of that, I have a little more time to focus on this. However, a lot of people don’t realize that because I work from home that I still have to make a lot of time for my work.
Of course, I save a lot of time avoiding a long commute—my longest commute is taking a five-minute drive to the coffee shop when I get tired of the home office. However, that’s not the only part of staying on top of my content creation.
The Right Process
Just sitting down and getting to work isn’t the right approach for a lot of us. Personally, if I don’t have a to-do list, I feel adrift. Sure, I might know I need to work on content for a New York personal injury attorney or a Chicago dentist, but that doesn’t narrow down my list.
Keeping track of my time is one of the most important steps I take for productivity. When I’m working, it’s easy to get caught up with admin things—emails, errands, and busy work can take up a lot of my day if I’m not careful.
I take a few steps to avoid this. First, I make sure I have a list of everything I need to do for the day before I get started on my day. That way, I can limit my distractions and get the work done that should be done. Anything that’s not scheduled for the day can usually be done tomorrow.
Then, I set timers throughout the day, blocking out time for specific tasks. For example, I usually take twenty minutes in the evening to answer emails, as well as a thirty-minute block for a quick lunch and a walk around the block in the afternoons. That way, I know when I’m working and what I’m working on in that time.
Taking Time for Work
Of course, my way of doing things may not work for everyone. The key, though, is to make sure you make time for what you need to do, as well as what you want to do. For example, I get a lot of questions about how I make time for my hobbies, like jogging. The answer is that I look at the time I have during the day, and I prioritize.
In the future, I might go into a detailed, step-by-step look at what my daily plans look like. For now, I better get back to work!