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Being productive in the long term is always a challenge in the tough work environment of the 21th century, no matter whether you are a freelancer or work in a coporate setting.
Today’s financial crisis does certainly not help to make one’s life easier, with long-term job security being a thing of the past for most industries. Therefore, it is sometimes a good idea to take a step back and rethink the way you work.
Steven Snell has a nice article about how to be productive at www.FreeLanceSwitch.com. Although gear more towards freelancer, he has some very valid points to make.
Among his most important areas to focus on are (among others)
- Time Management
Let me just higlight a few few aspects:
Have a Long-Term Plan
Freelancers can easily get caught in the rut of moving from one job to the next and focusing only on the short-term. If this is the case, you’ll probably find yourself growing decreasingly satisfied with your work at some point. Freelancing is no different than any other career in that you need to have a long-term plan. A long-term plan can guide you in the short-term by helping you to make decisions that will get you to where you want to be.
Align Your To-Do Lists with Your Goals
Getting things done is great, but ultimately what’s important is that you’re working towards your goals. When setting up your to-do list, take a look at your goals and develop the to-do list in a way that will lead you to the accomplishment of your goals.
Very valid points, indeed. However, he falls short to answer the question how you best implement his recommendation in your daily life. “Align your tasks with your goals”? Most software tools in the market just do not cover these aspects. But there is help.
We will start a series of online tutorials illustrating how you can implement self-management best practice with the help of DAISHO, the integrated self management tool by DAISHO Blacksmith. (I’m one of the creators of DAISHO, so don’t wonder why we are focussing here on it )
Use a Contact Manager
As a freelancer you’ll definitely be in contact with a lot of people. Keeping everything straight and be a chore. A contact manager [...] will help you to keep track of everyone while saving time for more productive tasks.
Yep, we will demonstrate how to do it with DAISHO as well. Stay tuned.