Help me impose structure.
April 29, 2011 2:44 PM Subscribe
Desperately disorganized person seeks realistic routine.
posted by Buffaload to Work & Money (7 answers total) 45 users marked this as a favorite
I have been working the last 18 months as a 1099-er. I've had as many as four jobs at once for writing and editing clients. I'm also an adjunct at the local state school, with a busy course load during the semester (which is just about over).
When all the work started getting to be too much to keep in my head or in my normal note taking system (fill up a piece of legal paper with overlapping notes written in all directions on multiple topics) I got a smartphone. It's a fun toy, yes, but it also seriously helped me take a giant step toward being productive and organized. One big issue was forgetting about an appointment or phone call, double-booking, and having to ask someone to change at the last minute. The results of using Google calendar have been amazing. Good first step.
Now, my main problem is scheduling my work days. I can arrange my days however I want to, and there's the problem. I wake up in the morning without a plan, and by the time I have noodled around, seemingly randomly, with several different projects, it's lunch time. That's not to say I'm totally unproductive, but there are days when I am totally unproductive (like today!)
So -- this question is especially for freelancers, especially for freelance writers and editors, esp. for freelance writers and editors who have conquered their natural (or deep-seated) tendencies to be completely disorganized -- what has worked for you?