We were down at the beach house last week with my sister, who also happens to be a freelancer, and we were both working while on vacation.
I was telling her about an assignment that I was trying to finish up, and she asked me how much it paid. When I told her the amount, she said, “well that shouldn’t take any more than 15 minutes”. I thought about it for a second, and realized that she was totally right.
When it comes to freelance writing, your hourly rate is something that you have to stay on top of. Let’s be honest, you can easily screw yourself over by accepting assignments that require a lot of research and thought, but that pay out a pitiful hourly rate. You have to determine your hourly rate and figure out how much time an assignment should take before you accept, and then stick to that time.
I tend to drag out some simple assignments, just because I am easily distracted. Something that would take me 15-20 minutes can turn into an hour or more, just because I’ll keep stopping to go off and do something else. It’s incredibly unproductive, I know. Time management skills are really important when freelancing.
As I gave it some more thought, I realized that I could stick to a self-imposed time limit and increase my productivity just by setting a timer. Why didn’t I think of this before?!
I downloaded a stopwatch app onto my smartphone, and gave it a whirl. I set up the timer for 15 minutes, then got to work on an easy blog post assignment.
In 15 minutes, I had produced a post that I was happy with, spell checked it, and proofread it. Mission accomplished!
If you struggle to stay focused like me, give this productivity hack a try. Writing online can be tough, just because the internet offers so many distractions. You can still produce quality work and cut down on the time that it takes by simply holding yourself accountable.
What are productivity hacks that help you to stay focused?