When you work as a freelancer then there is no one telling you what you need to do each hour of the day, you need to figure that all out by yourself. When you are not used to planning then this can become though, but you do need to master this skill. If you’re not on top of your planning then you’ll be falling behind on deadlines and won’t be able to accomplish your goals. But I got a foolproof system for you that will show you how to plan out your week.
Collecting all your deadlines
If you want to stay on top of your goals and deadlines then you need to know when they are, therefore I have a separate planner with all my deadlines noted in them. As soon as I receive a deadline or set myself a goal I note the date and possibly the time in this planner. It’s probably one of the smartest decisions I’ve ever made when it comes to planning, I’ve never again forgotten a deadline
Create a weekly to-do list
At the end of each week, I look into the above-mentioned planner and note all the deadlines for that week into another planner. I create a to-do list out of all these deadlines and any other things I want to get done for my business that week. This to-do list will be used to create daily to-do lists.
Look at any other responsibilities you have
Outside of your freelance work you probably have some other appointments and things that need to happen, I usually plan these out into my calendar first before adding in the time I dedicate to working. But this does depend on your preferences, If you have a set schedule for when you work then you can do this the other way around of course.
Create one or all your daily to-do lists
At the beginning of the week, I usually do not know how my entire week is going to look like, so I only carve out my to-do lists for the first day or first couple days. But if you do like to plan out your entire week at the beginning of the week then this is totally possible. You take the deadline planner along with your weekly to-do list and pick out the tasks for each day in a way that you have enough time to finish them and you also finish everything before its deadline.
Planning as a freelancer doesn’t have to be complicated, as long as you always keep track of any deadlines, tasks, and goals you have. If you stay on top of this then planning your week is a piece of cake. So now it’s up to you to get your task and goals list together and carve out a clear and organized planning for the coming week.