Freelancers are always multi-tasker. Sometimes 24hrs is not much enough to meet an efficient productivity. Not only freelancers, every person who is passionated about his job must do multi-tasking in order to stabilize the productivity. Increasing productivity is not a rocket science. It’s just how efficiently we are managing the time to boost productivity. I made a deep research on how the experts & successful entrepreneurs manage their time efficiently for the past 9 months.
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I followed these techniques regularly. Yes the result was AWESOME!!
Here are the 6 Productivity hacks for Freelance Web Developer
1. Rise and Sleep Earlier
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise”
- Benjamin Franklin
Health is priority. I know during night we can work peacefully & there are some exceptional cases that we can’t avoid night works. But rising before sun-rise is much healthy than other scenarios.
Let’s have a loot what are some pros of Early birds..
Early risers really do have a distinct advantage when it comes to mental clarity, acuity and energy.
Simply put: Waking up early works better than any other strategy for becoming more productive. But you have to make sure you get enough sleep to back it up. So get to bed and have min. 6-8hrs of sleep peacefully. Beginning I struggled a lot to follow.
But practice makes anything perfect right? .. Gradually I started sleeping before 11.30pm even there are plenty of jobs pending. And also will wake up on or before 6.30am and start my daily routines.
2. Have Healthy Diet
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” ~ John F. Kennedy
Food is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, and your productivity is affected by the food you eat in more ways than you can imagine. Good nutrition enhances cell development in the brain, and it’s easy to see the connection between eating habits and productivity.
A good meal can positively affect your sleeping pattern, thereby allowing you to generate more creative and effective ideas while you are awake. And of course, having healthy food habits can keep you physically fit, which in turn sustains and develops your mental well-being.
3. Give Importance to Physical Fitness
“If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.”
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, professional wrestler and actor
Working out is probably the highest-leverage tool to boost your productivity. It predictably and reliable makes you feel better and keeps you both physically and emotionally healthy, year round.
To have the mental energy to take on the full calendar of to-do’s that people want from you; you have to be in the gym for 60-120mts/day.
Training yourself physically not only gives you benchmarks to hit on a regular basis, but it also creates a predictable backbone in your daily life that you can count on, even if everything goes wrong. Mentally, that’s very comforting.
Trust me; I know that integrating these habits into your life won’t be easy at first. But if you’re not healthy, your business can’t thrive anyway. Physical fitness is a long-term investment in your business.
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4. Kill your Emails
When you are into desk, disable all the notifications else try to stay away from Wi-Fi zone to enhance your productivity.
Email is one of the most distracting tools that have ever been built! Yes, everyone’s life pretty much is associated with Emails on a daily basis, but don’t let that trick you into believing that no suitable alternatives are available. Email is one of the key reasons for distraction in work environments and it could be easily replaced with better Project management software, which improves team productivity through collaboration and better internal communications.
5. Invest on your Workplace
This is a Physiological fact. Whenever you need to buckle down and get your work done – make sure you’re comfortable. While it’s difficult to measure and evaluate comfort, research suggests there is enough evidence to claim that comfort can affect productivity. So get yourself in a place where you can truly focus and ‘relax’.
Sometimes what’s needed is to lie down on a sofa and get on with it. But of course that’s not always the case, and some folks might prefer a standing desk for a change.
You’ll want to find a place where you feel you can work done and has little distractions.
If you’re in an open office; get some noise-cancelling headphones. When you see yourself becoming restless; it’s time to change your surroundings – or probably time for a break.
6. Avoid Multi-tasking
Don’t misunderstand. What I’m suggesting to do is “Do a single job at a time”.
For example if you are coding, don’t answer any phone calls & stay away from Mails. I know that it will be great on answering to customer query on one hand & handling the tickets on another hand. But it is not healthy for productivity.
While it is a commonly accepted notion of Move Fast, break things in a work environment, hustle doesn’t always mean multitasking. Focus your entire concentration on the work at hand and tackle situations one at a time. Multitask only causes your attention span to wane off over the day and make you more unproductive. Focus on the here-and-now to avoid multitasking making your work significantly unproductive.
Do you have more valid hacks to increase productivity..? Pls share below.