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Time Management Tips for Freelance Writers

As a freelance writer, I have learned a lot over the years. That being said, one of the most important lessons to date is that time management is very important. If you are not efficient with the time that is available, you will find it difficult to excel. Fortunately, this is something that you will become better at as your freelance writing career moves forward. In my early days, I struggled with this much like many others. But today, I do a nice job of managing my time no matter what projects I have on my plate or what other tasks are on my to-do list.

Here are three time management tips that will serve you well as a freelance writer:

1. As I have said in the past, having a to-do list will allow you to more efficiently manage your time. In the past, I made the mistake of trying to handle my workload without a to-do list. Soon enough, I was forgetting about deadlines and running into other related issues. But as soon as I put a to-do list in action I found it easy to stay on track.

2. Make the most of every minute. No matter if you are a full-time or part-time freelance writer, you want to make sure that you are using every minute of your work time to complete essential tasks. There are many distractions that are sure to be calling your name. After all, it is easy to browse the internet or check your email accounts. But if you make a habit of wasting a few minutes here and there, you will find out soon enough that you are not making any progress.

3. Keep distractions out. I have found that managing my time is much easier when I am concentrating 100 percent on the task at hand. This goes along with tip number two to a certain extent. When working, make sure that you turn off the television and keep other distractions as far away as possible. In the long run, you will find that this makes you a much more efficient writer.

Time management skills will help you succeed as a freelance writer. If you are struggling with this, try to implement the three tips above. As you become better at managing your time, you will find that your productivity is on the rise. And when this happens, you should expect to see an increase in income as well. 

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