Freelance Writing and Organization via PoeWar

One of the keys to developing a successful freelance career is getting and staying organized. Freelance writing has chaotic moments. Assignments come in bunches. Clients change their minds. Checks arrive late. Your personal life clashes with your professional life. These things happen. Some chaos is to be expected, but the better you manage and organize your professional (and even personal) life, the better you’ll be able to deal with chaos when it comes and get back on track when it is over.

There are four key areas that need management and organization if you want your freelance writing career to run smoothly. Those areas are task management, time management, workspace management and money management. Here are the basics that you need to keep in mind with each of these areas.

Task management
Task management is essential to gaining control over your professional life. You need to keep a running list of all the tasks that you need to accomplish. This can be daunting, but it is necessary. Beyond just listing the things that need to be done, good task management means taking the time to think through and write down the steps you need to take to successfully complete each task. Another key to good task management is deciding what has priority and what you can handle. It is ok to list some tasks as “nice to have” or “when life gets less crazy”. Setting priorities is important. It is also good to realize what you can handle. When the mind is fresh and you have tons of energy, the most creative and difficult tasks should be worked on. When you are low on creativity or energy, it may be time to look at the simpler tasks that can be accomplished with.

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