Here are a few tips to get you going:
Project Completion Estimate:
There’s nothing worse than working on a project that takes five times longer to accomplish than you’d planned. Sometimes it helps to over-estimate the completion time. At least until you do a few of the same types of projects and learn to estimate the time needed a little better.
Start using a timer and create a job tracking sheet. This will help you realize how much time you actually spend on projects.
One tool I use is called Chrometa. It tracks all of your activity in the background. It’s a great tool to see how much time you spend on projects, emails, social networks and general surfing. It can be very eye-opening.
Outsource and Automate Systems:
Some of your tasks can be outsourced. Consider how much time you lose by doing something once or twice. It’s likely you have to spend the time learning something new too. If you can outsource smaller tasks for a few bucks, do it. You need to spend your time working on money making projects.
Graphics is a great example of something you can outsource. If you’re not good at creating graphics or it takes you a long time, you can outsource this to someone who does it quickly and professionally. Zac Johnson recently posted about some great deals at just a five and logo nerds.
Set up systems to make your work flow more smoothly. You can set up Word templates so you don’t have to spend time formatting a new document each time you create one. You can also create checklists to keep you on track. This is an exceptional idea if you create multiple products but need to follow the same steps on each of them. A checklist can keep you on track.
Project Management Tools:
Project management software can help you keep track of your projects as well as communicate effectively with your clients or the people you outsource to. Many programs offer tracking solutions so you’ll know if you’ve reached milestones in the project. You can even set reminders to help keep you on track.
This may not seem like a productivity tool or a time management technique, but if you don’t take time off to have fun and relax, you will quickly burn out and actually lose work time from being stressed and frustrated. Life is not only about work and making money, it’s also about living. So, don’t forget to get out and live a little.
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