Here’s an all-too-common scenario: you’re a freelancer with hours of work stretching in front of you.
You’ve got deadlines to meet but no clear sense of how to make the most efficient use of your time. It can feel like an overwhelming task — where do you even start?
Over the past few years, I’ve come to realize the importance of effective time management techniques for freelancers.
Time design is a concept that I’ve been using to help me stay productive, focused, and successful in my freelance career.
Let’s dive into three key concepts for mastering time design: intentional scheduling, time blocking, and restorative breaks.
Why Time Design?
Before we dive into the details, let’s pause and ask why time design is so important. After all, it can feel like a lot of work to plan out your day in advance.
But the truth is that intentional scheduling helps you take control of your work hours and best suit your personal productivity rhythms.
It also helps you build good habits around when and how much you work — habits that will set you up for success in the long run.
We’ve all heard about time management — that we manage our time wisely just like we would our money. But what “managing” our money was only half of the equation? What if time — like money — could be designed to be used more effectively?
Time design is a way to think about how you use your time in order to maximize productivity and minimize stress. It’s all about taking control of your work hours and best suit your personal productivity rhythms.
The result? More effective use of your time and a better sense of control over your work hours.
Intentional scheduling is all about taking control of your work hours and best suit your personal productivity rhythms.