One of the most important things to master as a freelancer is the art of prioritizing. It is really important that you spend enough time learning how to prioritize your tasks in an efficient way. You want to be able to get enough things done each day while still having some much needed rest as well.
Knowing how to prioritize can really boost the way you work and provide you more earning opportunities as well. Here are some very clever prioritizing tips to use in your everyday life.
Find A Great To Do List
The first thing you should do is find yourself a good to do-list app for your phone and computer. Technology is really good help for freelancers and you should really learn how to take advantage of it.
There is a good guide for different list making apps with a twist at the Fast Company website and you can use it as a starting point for finding the right tool to help you out.
Give Value For Your Tasks
You then need to start thinking about the value of finishing each task. This will help you in prioritizing the tasks. A good starting point is to think about the amount of time it takes to finish off a certain task.
Divide your tasks into big, medium and small tasks according to the amount of work and time you need to do to get them done.
Once you have done this you can then start thinking about the return you get for finishing each task. Think about the return both in financial and emotional terms. For example, cleaning your work desk might be a medium task in terms of the amount of time spent doing it.
In terms of the return it probably won’t give you any financial value and might only be a small stress reliever or perhaps might make you feel a lot better.
Follow The 1-3-5 Rule
It is also really important that you don’t try to do too many things at once each day. A good idea is to therefore follow the 1-3-5 rule according to this 99u article. This means that you do one big task each day, 3 medium tasks each day and 5 smaller tasks each day. This can really help you clear your schedule a lot faster than if you tried getting rid of all of your big tasks at once.
We also tend to focus better when we keep changing the things that we do. So just spending around 90 minutes per task at once can really ensure you are making the most out of your day.
For example, start with your big task and spend 90 minutes doing it. Stop working with the task after this even if you aren’t yet finished. Then spend another 90 minutes doing the medium tasks. Again once 90 minutes is up return to your big task and so on.
The above tips can help you manage your time more efficiently and will help you prioritize better. Using the above tips can really transform your life and give you plenty more free time.