During the height of my side hustle days, I was stuck working a typical 9-5 job and writing blogs and articles for my clients in the evenings and on weekends. Even after I went freelance full time, I still had trouble with time management and was often left clacking away on my keyboard long into the wee hours of the night. Weekends became dedicated to sleeping in and then working some more. Other aspects of my life started to suffer due to my non-existent work/life balance.
As I’ve said before, it’s critical to take care of yourself. You are your number one asset. And part of self-care is having time to spend on things you enjoy or with folks you care about.
Here’s how to take back your weekends if your freelance workload has gotten out of hand.
Create a Top Three
I’m a big fan of top three lists. Breaking your huuuuge to-do list into three daily tasks not only helps to alleviate pressure, but enables you to be realistic about assignments and deadlines. Every morning, jot down three essential assignments or tasks that must be completed that day, and focus your efforts on just those.
Preschedule Tweets, Posts, Statuses, and More
In order to stay on top of your blogging A-game, you need to post fresh, engaging content regularly, along with corresponding social media posts about your new article. Keeping an editorial calendar helps you to know exactly what to write, exactly when to write it. Apps like Hootsuite allow you to preschedule updates on Twitter, Facebook, and even Instagram to keep your network constantly engaged.
Learn to Say No
Whenever you bite off more than you can chew, both your biz and your clients suffer. If you’re working on multiple assignments and a client wants you to take on more work, politely yet firmly decline it. Explain your situation and how you don’t want to get behind on your workload. The result is no free time, missed deadlines, and subpar work.
Skip the Kitten Videos
The internet is a black hole that freelancers constantly get sucked into. If you find that you’re wasting precious working hours watching goats in trees videos or Googling “what number comes after infinity,” just stop. There are a tons of apps you can download to block online distractions so you work smarter, not harder.
How do you reclaim your weekends when your workload is too hot to handle?