Have you ever thought if you really have the ability to be a multitasker? Opinions may differ but we would first have to agree on what exactly the term multitasking means. By definition, it could be performing several tasks simultaneously. There is time to imagine in your mind an individual with two arms and why not a couple of extra eyes without going to the extreme, if you think about it, many times in our daily life we exercise multitasking, for example, when you are listening to morning news on TV, you review the list of shopping for the afternoon while you prepare the coffee to face the day. That is, without going any further, might be a simple example.
Many people take multitasking as the ability to jump quickly from one task to another and in this sense, it is wrestling within the post. While there are opinions found and there are those who claim to lower productivity and loss of time, the fact is that multitasking also brings several advantages. Here we are writing about multitasking because often in profession of freelancing, they are immersed in this practice, even unintentionally. Among the benefits, we could say that it is a contribution to boost your creativity and having several different activities throughout the day can serve as a motivator to add a fee of variety to your day and avoid monotony and boredom and also help you minimize the unproductive periods.
As a freelancer, you we have to run multitasking and here I offer some ideas to manage multitasking when you freelance jobs.
1 – Prioritize Activit
If you haviese in mind many things to do and you do not know where to start, you may go into crisis. You must avoid despair and organize your day with a list of priorities. You have to group similar tasks e.g. make all the pending phone calls and you will be able to bring out the best of your time. This makes it easier to switch from one activity to another, taking clear view how is your day, which tasks are critical, what deadlines you have so that you can be productive to the fullest.
2 – Relegate Personal Activities
I am not saying that you sacrifice your personal life after your freelance jobs. In fact, both can be balanced and complemented perfectly. What I suggest to you is that when possible, try to leave your personal activities before or after your working day and this will help you be more productive.
3 – Request Help from a Colleague
If you notice that the workload is exceeding your capacity and you will not finish in the projected time you had in mind, you can resort to a colleague to assist you in completion of the task. This is one of many resources that you have when you are complicating the picture to meet a certain deadline.
4 – Establish Time Limits
In the maelstrom of multitasking, it is good that you assign a specific time to each task before jumping to the next, so you will be more focused. By the time you are putting together your list of priorities, also identify time for performing each task.
5 – Take a Break
It is important to take mini-breaks during your day to disconnect your mind and return with the same level of performance. With a short walk, coffee in hand while watching the latest video of your favorite band or a 15-minute nap will be enough to get refreshed.
The essential thing is that ultimately you learn the ability to differentiate when a task is really important. In such circumstance, avoid multitasking and give 100% of your attention to the important task.