Find Your Own Way of Working

by tpaajanen

Finding your own unique way of freelance working can mean the difference between a productive afternoon and a waste of time. Know what works best for you, and go with it.

Knowing where to find work and keeping a home-office organized are very important aspects of being a freelance writer, especially for someone who does online work. But there is a more fundamental aspect of your work that you need to look at first. And that is, the way you naturally work. That certain blend of influences, approaches and styles that makes you the most productive. You need to discover your own way of working. That's one of the blessings of freelance work, so why not make the most of that freedom.

To illustrate what I'm talking about, I'll let you take a peek at how I work.

I'm a multi-tasker. Always have been. I generally can't stay focused on one single task for more than a few minutes unless it's really complex or involved. For the longest time, I fought against this and felt that it was a terribly bad habit that I needed to break. So I always did my best to stick to one thing at a time, and usually ended up day-dreaming or browsing around Facebook instead of working. I can waste a whole afternoon seeing what StumbleUpon has to offer. And my work always seemed to suffer for it.

Lately, I've decided to just accept my nature and let it work for me instead. As I write this little article, I have a web browser open with 5 different active tabs, 2 windows of Open Office Writer, an Excel spreadsheet, and my email program. I can freely bounce from one task to another when my brain needs to shift to something new. But now, each new task is something appropriate and productive. Now that I use this to my advantage, I am getting tons more work done.

Of course, that's just one example of learning to work your own way. Maybe your thing is that you need to have the TV on in the background, or that you work your best when snacking. Would you get more done sitting out on the porch or on the couch perhaps? Maybe you're at your most creative while walking around in footsie pyjamas. Whatever.

I don't mean the things you would just like to be doing, but the things that truly bring out your productive nature. Find out what those things are and try to bend your work environment to match. It doesn't matter if it's unconventional or unprofessional. Your freelance world is your own so feel free to do what you want with it.

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Updated: 04/08/2013, tpaajanen
 
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GeorgiaRose on 05/30/2013

I'm a multi-tasker as well and have to constantly remind myself to finish things. It helps a lot in the home, but can be hard on a freelance writer. Thanks for the tips!. ~Hope your day is wonderful~

tpaajanen on 04/27/2013

I have a new netbook that goes with me on those rare occasions that I leave the house. You never know when that sneaky muse will come to visit :)

boutiqueshops on 04/26/2013

Investing in a tablet last year really helped me free my "productive" self because now I can pull it out and work when the muse strikes...er, inspires. That can be in a waiting room or under a tree in my backyard or in a park by our beautiful bay. Great idea and great tips - I wholly concur! <3

katiem2 on 04/08/2013

Organizational skills are the one thing I really need to work on. Thanks for the tips. :)K

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