I then mark the cards I want to focus on completing in this moment in time and work towards it.
Usually everything is done in context of my bigger and more long term goals although I don't plan too much ahead of time and just try and make things and see where that leads me.
The approach that worked tremendously well in staying productive is GTD
In that I keep nearly nothing in my memory that is not related to solving the problem I have at hand. Everything else is determined for me already with software (2Do task manager in my case) and I just choose what problems I want to solve today and work towards solving them.
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Some of my client work is consistent, so I know what to expect there and am able to portion my plate accordingly. I then layer other projects in the gaps, so to speak.
Those always have deadlines, so I work backwards on those to set milestones and deliverables. Almost every conversation I have ends with, “and when do you need this by?”
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I'm always open to new opportunities and eager to help people or get involved in non-profit activities.
However, that trait means I can easily become overwhelmed by too many commitments.
Every couple of months, I write down and evaluate my long-term goals. Whenever a new opportunity appears, I first check if it aligns with the bigger picture.
It's not always easy, as it means saying "no" to a lot of amazing things. If you want to learn more, google "opportunity cost". 😉
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Together. Every week, we have multiple phone calls where we go over the highest priority projects within the business. We make sure that one of us is leading the project and that we have other people on the team supporting our efforts.
For FreeeUp, it all really boils down to three things:
The majority of our projects have a connection to those three core goals. If we can always be focused on those, we believe that we’ll continue to see growth in the long run.
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As a business owner wearing so many hats, it's essential to understand where I can add the most value to my clients, what my highest ROI is and what I really enjoy doing.
From experience, priorities often change, but as long as it's contributing to the overall goal, it's okay to be flexible.
It's important to stay focused, which can be really hard to do when we work online. Reflecting at the end of each day as to what went well & what can be improved is a really great way to consistently get better, hold yourself accountable and ultimately, grow.
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I ask myself the following questions:
Based on the answers to those questions, I determine my daily, weekly, and monthly priorities.
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It’s not easy.
The best method for me is to go week by week and pull out the things that have to get done and things that would be nice to get done and go from there.
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The calendar often decides priorities for me. Each search has a pattern of tasks that need to be completed in order, and we allocate a certain block of time for each.
Those tasks always take priority. When I have downtime, I flip over to my list of ongoing background work, things like social media posts and administrative work.
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Priorities must align with my overall goals, which I review on an annual, quarterly, monthly, and weekly basis (as described above in The ONE Thing method.) When life happens, and goals shift, so do my priorities.
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Some of my client-work is consistent, so I know what's due by when and plan around those deadlines accordingly. Speaking of deadlines - giving myself due dates has been a real game-changer.
As a freelancer, you won't always have people or projects to dictate your work, so it's really up to you to determine what gets done and by when.
Regardless of what I'm working on, the first question I always ask myself is "When do I need this done by?"
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