I would say that I am a particularly productive person and very organised girl anyway, way before I became a blogger and freelance writer. When I worked in Human Resources Management prior to having my twins I was as efficient as I could be and kept on top of my work schedule as much as I could. It actually made me feel stressed and run down when I wasn’t on top of work projects or emails.
Now that I work for myself at home (with no manager or team to rely on me) and I only have 3 days alone to juggle it all – it can be more of a challenge making sure that I deliver on everything. I seem to be so busy too at the moment and so my time needs to be well spent!
It isn’t about working harder or longer hours, but sometimes just looking at how you work and changing some of your processes.
So here is how I work each day:
1/ Work on one task without getting distracted.
How easy is it to slide off into social media and then get totally caught up in something else for hours?! Especially when social media is part of the territory. I need it so much for my job but when I need to knuckle down and work on something specific I switch it off for an hour or so.
They key to getting a task done is to schedule set time during the day, which I do. I spend set time writing articles and posts (usually the morning as I find that I am the most productive then). This means that I get my freelance work done quickly and then I can spend quality time on social media at lunchtime and in the evening when everybody is about!
2/ Check emails. I check my emails at set times throughout the day and make sure that I have replied to everything that comes in that day – even if it is just a quick one to say thank you and that I’ll be back in touch in a few days. I am always professional and polite in my reply and I don’t often ignore an email (unless it is clearly junk!).
Once I have finished with an email or the communication is over I file the email under one of my email folders (such as PR, freelance, admin etc) and then if I need to refer to it again I can quickly find it. I hate having too many emails clogging up my inbox!
3/ Lists. Yeah, yeah…you KNOW I love a good list. But they are the key to my organised working life. I keep one handwritten list by my side at my desk and then another spreadsheet for financial information on the iMac. I refer to both each day.
I must add that since the twins started preschool 3 days a week I have been able to take on more work. But that time still runs away with me. And as my work and blog continues to get much busier being efficient is therefore more important these days in order to stop the plates falling! Plus I aim to spend the 2 full days during the week that I have on my own with the children solely with them and not working.
How do you stay organised? I’d love to know!
Love, Jess x