How Pomodoro Technique Can Help in Freelancing
Are you the one who enjoy working at your own chosen time and prefer doing things at your own pace? Freelancing may be attractive for you. Yet freelancing can have its challenges when it comes to time management.
Aside from being hectic—and at times complicated—freelance jobs can put a strain in personal relationships too. Most freelancers have a hard time balancing work from home and family responsibilities. Because they work at odd hours of the day, freelancers’ connection and communication with their significant other becomes limited, often leading to misunderstandings and conflict. Mastering time management is a must in order to stay long in the freelancing game all while making sure personal relations and commitments stay intact. Erin Scott1
What time management hacks can freelancers use? If you’ve never heard of the Pomodoro technique, this is for you.
Ever wondered how the Italian word for “tomato” came to be associated outside the kitchen and into work and school environments? The Pomodoro technique was invented in the 1980s by developer and entrepreneur Francesco Cirillo. While he was still a university student, he used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer to manage his time.
Adjusting to the Pomodoro technique may take a while, with its short bursts of activity and even shorter bursts of leisure in between. In a moment of inspired productivity, it may even seem like cutting off your enthusiasm short in favor of forced relaxation; however, the Pomodoro technique is designed in a way so your energy levels are consistently high throughout the entire day. The urgency of a deadline keeps you from being distracted. A reward system keeps you motivated. Why work hard when you can work smart?
Using the Pomodoro technique, you don’t necessarily need one just like it, as a physical ticking timer may bother your coworkers or seatmates. There is a wealth of alternatives though; a single online search will show you tons of digital tools and apps that will assist you with managing your time. These tools will help you with scheduling your projects, setting up priority tasks, and keeping track of your most productive time frames. Whatever tool you pick, make sure to utilize its features to meet your goals and objectives.
Observing these productivity hacks will help you succeed in the freelancing game. It’s time to stop worrying about the enormity of your work and start tackling it with a one-track mind—to finish.
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