The key to success as a freelancer is proper time management. However, many freelancers experience low productivity due to poor time management habits. Here are some great tools which can help you manage your time better:
StayFocusd is the ideal time management tool for freelancers who use Chrome as their browser. Most freelancers are always on the Internet looking for new information on their industry or topics related to their niche. However, at times, they find themselves distracted and end up spending too much time on social media and other irrelevant sites. StayFocusd allows you to set how much time you want to spend on a specific site per day. Once the allotted time is spent, the site will be blocked until the next day. However, this configuration can be altered on a day-to-day basis. If you use Chrome, you can add this program at no cost.
Many people find themselves spending a lot of time attending to voice mails and phone calls. YouMail is an awesome tool which allows you to convert voice mails to text which can be read fast. If a client calls and you are in a meeting, you can send a quick email or text informing them that you have received their voicemail and will return their call shortly. In addition, this app allows you to create customized voicemail greetings for different callers. For instance, you can greet your caller by name and address them according to your level of familiarity. YouMail works with Blackberry, Android and iOS phones.
Security experts recommend having different passwords for different online accounts. Since freelancers usually have multiple accounts, they are likely to forget their passwords and end up wasting a lot of time resetting them. RoboForm is a tool which will help you keep track of your passwords for your different online accounts. It operates on the idea of a ‘master password’ which never changes. Once you have verified your passwords with RoboForm, you will not have to remember them again. This app can be used on computers as well as mobile devices.
RescueTime helps you keep track of how you are spending your time. Every week, this tool monitors your daily habits and then generates a report. This report will not only show how you spent your time but also offer suggestions for using it more effectively. For instance, if you are spending four hours a day playing solitaire, RescueTime might suggest reduction of gaming time. This tool also allows you to set a time limit on specific sites or activities. For example, if you want to spend only 30 minutes a day on Twitter, you can set RescueTime for this amount of time. Once the time is up, Twitter will be blocked. This tool comes with a free lite version as well as a premium version with more advanced features.
The best thing about Harvest is that you don’t have to install any software to use it. To keep track of your time, all you need to do is create a simple timesheet on the site. Besides tracking your time, this tool also allows you to invoice your clients directly from the site. This feature is especially useful if you are charging by the hour. The premium version of Harvest allows you to have unlimited projects and bill unlimited clients.
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Do you use any of these tools when it comes to time management? Would you like to share an awesome time management tool that’s not listed here? Let us know in the comments section below!