My beautiful and talented friend, Sharon French McMillan, has just been exploding her freelance business. On top of that, she still has a full-time job! Understandably, her big challenged used to be how to expand her business without working well into the night, or burning herself out. Well, that is no longer an issue for Sharon. Her freelancing biz is now bigger, but Sharon is happier than ever. I just had to ask her to share her secret with Savvy Freelancer readers. Here they are:
If you’re tired of asking yourself “Where did the day go?” I’ve got some proven and practical suggestions for increasing your productivity. It’s not rocket science but it comes from years of trial and error.
When my kids were small I was somehow able to care for their needs, coordinate their activities, manage multiple freelancing gigs, succeed at a full-time job and maintain our household.
Since I’m not Wonder Woman you should know that I had tremendous help from my husband with the kids and the household part, but by and large I was a busy person.
Today, my two kids are young adults living away from home. I have more free time than I’ve had in years… yet I still found myself at the end of each day playing catch up and absolutely hating that feeling of never keeping up!
That sense of never reaching your full potential because of being in constant “catch-up” mode can be demoralizing if you’re an A-type personality with inspiring and profitable plans. I finally decided that I couldn’t read one more time management book and that the time for action had arrived.
I’m being brutally honest when I say the minute I took intentional and decisive control of my schedule and actions, things turned around and new clients and lucrative projects seemed to just appear.
Of course opportunity doesn’t just appear all of a sudden. It is always before us, we just have to get focused and consistent enough grasp it.
So here are my top five strategies for increasing your productivity: [Read more…]