How to Manage Your Time as a Freelancer Working From Home

One of the most overlooked skills working from home is balancing & scheduling your time. I’ve confessed many times it’s a constant struggle for me.

After college, this was a normal day:

  • Get up at 12 PM
  • Immediately check email (reactive vs. proactive)
  • Procrastinate
  • Work mostly after 10 PM (while procrastinating)
  • Go to bed at 4 AM

Over time, it became unsustainable and depressing to not see the sun. It took a full year of dedicated effort to flip from a night owl to a morning person.

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Today at 33, my most productive hours are still when it’s dark – it’s just 6 AM now! I love the lack of distractions when everyone else is asleep.

It is easy to slip back to old habits. One late night sets me back for days.

The other massive tension that I constantly feel is working during the day when it’s beautiful outside. This is a big reason why I’ve never wanted a regular job. Humans need more nature in their lives.

While difficult to maintain, my ideal schedule is:

  • Get up at 5 AM
  • Workout
  • Make coffee
  • Creative work (6 – 10 AM)
  • Check email
  • Outdoor activity (11 – 2 PM) 
  • “Manager” tasks
  • STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER

If you do have a 9-5 gig and you’re freelancing on the side, it’s even more important to block out sections of time early in the morning, during lunch, or at night to push your goals forward.

Momentum is the most important thing in business. You should prioritize doing something every day, even if it’s 30-minutes. The WRONG approach is to spend 6 hours a day on top of your job, effectively burning yourself outwithin months.

Think long-term (6-12 months) when managing your time and planning your to-do list!

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