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Freelance productivity is crucial when you work at home with kids. You want to work as much as you can on your business, while still enjoying time with your family.
There are times when it seems impossible to get it all done.
I can’t always get to my computer and write when I’d like to. It’s not always possible for me to pull out my phone and take notes.
But, I’ve discovered the power behind think time.
I use this technique to increase my freelance productivity while:
- Milking the cows
- Getting some exercise
- Waiting in line at the grocery store
And whenever I have some time where I don’t need to focus completely on the task at hand.
It’s saved me a ton of time when I’m ready to sit down and work.
Here’s how I use think time to maximize my productivity:
1. Check the Content Calendar
Before I head out to chore, or leave for the grocery store I take a couple of minutes to look at my content calendar. I make note of any assignments that are due, what topics I’m working on for my three blogs, and also browse my headline idea list.
2. Pick a Focus Area
If I tried to focus on all the projects I had going on, my mind would wander. It wouldn’t actually help.
Instead, I pick one topic to focus on. Usually one jumps out at me as I’m reading the possibilities. That way I can train my thoughts on that topic.
3. Say the Title/Topic Out Loud
While I’m not normally an auditory learner, I’ve learned that saying my topic out loud helps. There’s power in hearing the topic instead of just reading it.
4. Start My Other Tasks While Thinking
After saying my topic or headline out loud, I get started with the other tasks I’m working on. As I get in the groove of what I’m doing and my mind starts drifting, I purposefully keep going back to my topic.
It’s taken some time to learn to focus my thoughts, and I know I can still improve. But, this think time has helped improve my productivity tremendously!
5. Write Down Key Ideas ASAP
Doing all the thinking doesn’t help if I forget to actually write it down. I make it a point to write down key points that I thought of as soon as possible.
Sometimes that means I talk into the notes app on my phone.
Other times I have my kids take notes for me.
Or I get to my computer.
However it happens, I’m usually able to write up the basic outline of a post after a good think session.
Of course, blog post outlines aren’t the only part of your business to think about. I’ve also used think time to:
- Think through content for my course
- Draft a pitch
- Think of possible companies to cold pitch
- Plan out a video script
- Decide what sort of images I need
- Brainstorm new topics to write about
- Think about ways to word social media updates
Do you use think time to increase your freelance productivity? What are your best tips for saving time?
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