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Be Yourself – Escape The Optimisation!

Have you tried escaping the optimisation wave? We’re not talking about the Search Engine kind, rather the personal kind. With apps to help us efficiently lose weight, effectively budget our money and time, and even to optimise our sleeping patterns, it’s no wonder we’re facing increasing daily pressure to achieve our full potential, to become our ultimate-optimised selves.

Especially as a freelance writer working from home, effectively using your time and structuring your day is essential to making a living. But so is your artistic creativity.

Excessive pressure is sure to restrict your creative capabilities, so here we’re sharing a few common work efficiency tips, and also how to escape them.

Have you tried escaping the optimisation wave? We’re not talking about the Search Engine kind, rather the personal kind. With apps to help us efficiently lose weight, effectively budget our money and time, and even to optimise our sleeping patterns, it’s no wonder we’re facing increasing daily pressure to achieve our full potential, to become our ultimate-optimised selves.

Especially as a freelance writer working from home, effectively using your time and structuring your day is essential to making a living. But so is your artistic creativity.

Excessive pressure is sure to restrict your creative capabilities, so here we’re sharing a few common work efficiency tips, and also how to escape them.

 

Tip #1: Make a To-Do List

If you’re facing a heap of jobs and don’t know where to get started or which job to prioritise, your first task is to make a To-Do list. Listing everything you need to get done will not only help you gain an overview of the tasks you need completed and by when, but it’s also guaranteed to bring you that sense of achievement – there’s nothing quite as satisfying as crossing items off your list.

The Optimised Escape

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed if your To-Do list actually becomes sickeningly long. And it’s that kind of pressure that causes negative stress, which then inevitably leads to some unproductive panic.

You can avoid this stress by staying flexible with your list. If you start task #1 but find you’re getting nowhere, try moving on to a job you feel like doing. Once you’ve got that completed, you’ll be able to cash in on that feeling of achievement and go back to task #1.

 

Tip #2: Work to Deadlines

Especially when you’re facing really tight deadlines, giving your day a clear structure is an absolute must. Making sure you submit your work on time is the key ingredient to forging a good working relationship with your clients. If you find that you spend most of your day looking at the clock and calculating how much time you have left, you’re putting an awful lot of pressure on yourself and, very likely, you’ll be limiting your own creativity and writing capabilities.

The Optimised Escape

Looking at the clock won’t clear your writer’s block. The solution is simple – hide your watch for the day. Remove the time and date display from your desktop and put your smartphone away. And then start writing. Once you’ve freed yourself from tracking your time, you’ll be able to free that writer’s creativity, too.

 

Tip #3: Use the Technology

There are so many apps available to help you track your activity and optimise your time. Whether they’re on your desktop PC, your tablet or smartphone, some tools are real work savers. That said, they can leave you feeling pretty attached to the screen.

The Optimised Escape

Move away from the computer! All content needs a good plan before it’s written – even if this plan is just in your head. Making sure you can think freely, it’s important to spend some time away from your ‘working space’ and give your eyes a break from the screen. If you plan your work on paper, you’ll enjoy a greater flow of creative ideas and will work more efficiently when you sit down to type.

We’ve saved the most important tip for last: Know how you work best.

It’s all well and good reading advice on how to optimise your day and use your time efficiently, but if the tips don’t work for you, then they’re no longer helpful. Share your work efficiency tips with us – what works well for you?


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