Keeping productivity at a maximum has long been a big problem for freelancers. There’s just so much going on the Internet that we’re thrown into an abyss of noise and activity, often leaving us wondering what we should (or shouldn’t) do next.
But with the right productivity tools, you can manage and organize yourself without feeling stressed and lost under a large pile of work. In this post, let’s tackle five different types of productivity tools and how each can help you work more in less time.
Note-taking is important for freelancers because it helps gather and save important information that we may need in the future. With notes, you can write down instructions from your client, save log-in information, web clippings, and the like.
Most freelancers can already work with a notepad and pen, but if you’d like to create, save, and sync virtual notes, you can use note-taking apps like Evernote, Simplenote, and Springpad. The advantage is that you can share notes and collaborate with teammates easily, plus you won’t have to worry about losing an important note in the trash bin.
2. Task Management
A project is broken down into several tasks, and handling several tasks or to-dos all at once can be quite daunting for the average freelancer. That’s where task management comes in.
Creating handmade checklists or using a task management app can help you manage your everyday to-dos. You can use a feature-rich or minimal task management app to help you slowly complete projects. I suggest Teuxdeux, Remember the Milk, and Wunderlist.
A calendar or scheduler helps by scheduling and organizing your important appointments, events, and meetings easily. It keeps you organized and makes sure you don’t forget next week’s Skype meeting through built-in notifications.
Traditionally, you'd have a planner or a wall calendar to mark important dates down. But for freelancers who use the computer everyday, you can use Google Calendar or your computer’s built-in calendar to schedule events and meetings with clients, teammates, etc.