One of the most challenging aspects of freelancing, or starting a business venture on your own, is that you have to effectively fill two roles, the role of a boss, and the role of a worker.
If you’ve ever tried going out on your own, you know that it can be hard to strike a good balance between the two.
It can be particularly easy to be stuck in the “creative boss” mode, the “visionary” mode, if you will. Idea evaluation time will leak over into your worker time, and all of a sudden no work is getting done at all. Then when you finally get to working, it can be easy to tunnel-vision and end up going too far down a path that is doomed to fail.
Successfully navigating this tightrope-walk can tremendously increase your productivity.
Here are some of my own, and some borrowed, ideas on how you can become better at being your own boss:
Delegate Effectively To Your Worker Self
As simultaneously the boss and the worker, you have to find a way to delegate work to yourself in a way that it gets done effectively.
One way to do this, is monitoring how energetic you feel throughout the day for a week(or longer), and delegate the most draining work to the periods where you have the most energy. Another option is to experiment with the schedule itself.
I found that even though I’m not a morning person by any means, starting with focused work relatively early in the morning motivates me to put in a significantly larger amount of work than if I start later in the day. (Although the feeling of a head-start of waking up early can help, it’s really been about working about an hour after I wake up.) Continue reading