When I first started freelancing I knew that good time management would be mandatory. I started out strong. It was easier in the beginning. There were fewer projects and I was spending a fair amount of time conceptualizing.
If you’re not careful, though, conceptualizing can become a substitute for working.
Recognizing that, I’ve been thinking that instead of making a schedule of each workday, which is what the time management gurus recommend, perhaps I should actually promise myself to write xyz today. I’m going to work on ___ article. I’m going to write a Houston Chronicle post. I’m going to write a MuslimMatters post. I’m going to write five pitches. Whatever. Just promise.
The productivity gurus also say that goal setting should include accountability. I think accountability is why I’m afraid to start the day with a promise. If I don’t follow through, who cares except me? That’s the crux of freelancing. It’s up to you. If you make a promise to yourself, you’d better keep it.