When you are a freelance translator working from home, knowing how to be productive often is the key that ultimately determines how successful you become.
If you find yourself doing a load of laundry when business calls, you’ll soon discover you have a lot of time for housework, and little business.
Yes, there will be times when you may have to balance those home chores with your freelance schedule. But you are better to budget your time for each task, allowing you to focus on the day’s goals.
By implementing the following organization tips, you can improve productivity while working from home.
1- Stick to a work schedule
Working from home can be an excuse for some to procrastinate, especially on marketing tasks. When you have deadlines to meet on a regular basis, it is helpful to set a realistic schedule and make an effort to stick to it.
Setting aside the same time each day for marketing, cold and follow-up calls, etc., will be a rewarding routine. In additional to that, you also need to set incremental goals every day and every week. That way you’ll avoid trying to rush everything at the very last minute.
2- Maintain a professional image
A key tip on how to be productive is to maintain a sharp professional image. You don’t have to wear business attire all the time, but what you wear can and will affect how you feel.
You don’t want your clients to picture you in sweat pants even if you are wearing them. The truth is, you can wear whatever makes you comfortable, but you do need to feel confident and sharp. Chances are – if you look sharp, you feel sharp.
3- Set a separate work space
Whether you live in a big house or a tight apartment, you need to have an organized home with an exclusive work zone. Don’t bring in any additional clutter to the space. Learn how to organize your desk.
A tidy space keeps your mind sharp when you work. If you’re making business calls while watching TV, eventually your clients will change the channel.
4- Control your urge to check emails, phone messages, social media activities constantly
As a freelance translator, you may have to contact clients, do research on the internet, and relay information throughout your work day. But being ‘plugged in’ and ‘accessible’ doesn’t mean being perpetually worrying about the next email or text message.
Bouncing back and forth to your computer/telephone can be time consuming when you have deadlines to meet. So check your messages two or three times a day and limit your online activities to a set time and 30 minutes at one sitting.
5- Delegate whenever you can
How to be productive? Being able to delegate is a huge plus. If you are not good at marketing and sales, try to work with someone who is. Even such simple chores as putting stamps on letters or purchasing office supplies can be shared with your partner/spouse, if necessary.
It’s all about freeing up your time so that you can focus on the things you are best at.
6- Allow yourself a break from time to time
We all have ups and downs. It’s important when you do feel sluggish and frustrated that you have a moment for yourself. Take a walk or go to the gym – in fact, build that into your regular routine. A healthy mind and fit body are keys to a happy life.
To be productive and successful you will need to have discipline.