For freelancers, clients don't usually care about your working hours, as long as you get projects in on time. Introduce a routine that works around when you are most productive, even if it means working in the evening instead of the morning. Just make sure you have a set start time and a set finish time.

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Start the day with a list of everything that needs to be completed by the end of the day. Prioritise them, and tick things off as you go.

If you are easily overwhelmed, break each task down into small manageable chunks so it's easier to do one step at a time.

Only write down tasks that need to be completed today. If you get those done, you can add more later. This helps you feel motivated and like you've achieved what you set out to do.

You might like to work with something happening in the background, and that's okay. But you should minimise other distractions. That might mean turning off notifications, staying off social media, or setting an autoresponder to emails.

Multitasking isn't effective—it lowers productivity and can lead to feeling overwhelmed. 

  • Focus on one task until it's complete.
  • Say no to work that you don't need to do or can be done by someone else.
  • Don't keep too many tabs or screens open.

Clients will respect you more when you consistently do a good job, not because you take on too many jobs at once.

Find a productivity technique that works for you. Try the pomodoro technique—set a 25 minute timer, focus only on the one task, then take a 5 minute break.

  • Use your lunchbreak to go outside.
  • Take your laptop to a coffee shop or library for a change of scenery.

Done is better than perfect.

Give yourself permission to make mistakes. When we make mistakes, we learn, and we grow.

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