Disclaimer: This blog post series is based on my experience with SkillPath Seminars’ Managing Multiple Projects, Objectives, and Deadlines. As well as Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Are you on a never-ending quest to become more productive?
Since you are the CEO of your time what are the keys to managing it?
*I found 7 Hacks that can maximize your time and increase your profit.* Implement these strategies in your life to enhance your abilities as a freelancer and watch your value raise.
Last year, I struggled to manage multiple projects, so I never had time to market myself.
This year, I spend more time marketing myself and I consistently have more projects.
I compare the journey to an athlete that is training his/her body movements to be efficient, increasing their chances of a lengthy career.
Do you believe in Parkinson’s Law – “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion?”
Whatever the answer is, set yourself up for success by asking questions, being organized, multitasking, and being effective.
Develop strong habits that enhance your time management skills (the most valuable resource any of us have).
This post is the quickest way to become more effective at beating deadlines. These hacks work right now.
Beating more deadlines equates to more money (it’s really simple math).
Meeting deadlines is a thing of the past. In today’s world you have to dominate the deadlines to impress clients.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
After reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey I implemented these principles into my life. I can now tap into my physical, mental, and spiritual resources to dominate deadlines.
The habits are for long-term empowerment as they shift your paradigms from the inside out. They utilize the brains ultimate tool, perception, to operate in excellence.
“The essence of effective time and life management is to organize and execute around balanced priorities.” – Stephen R. Covey
The habit of proactivity is the key element to beating deadlines. Be “Solution Selling” at all times. Approach life creating opportunities so your circle of influence is larger than your circle of concern.
Realize what you have control over, indirect control over, or no control over.
Automatic processes like creating client qualifying questionnaires.
Having templates for LinkedIn and having letters of introduction ready.
Always using the same process for crafting business/marketing materials.
By taking the initiative and developing these procedures and processes, you can spend more time on the areas of improvement in your business.
I make most of my money off of marketing myself online. As I became more efficient I was able to go to networking events. Networking in person increases my opportunities. Since I have systems in place, I still have time to take on the new opportunities while continuing to marketing myself online.
“Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.”- Stephen R. Covey
The mission brings the money so start with a clear understanding of your deadlines.
What’s deeply important to you? Use it to envision what you’re going to do and then execute it.
Create a mental blueprint and then create a physical plan to execute.
Begin with the end in mind with each aspect of the project so that you can destroy the deadline.
Organize all the elements of the project with the mindset of “measure twice, cut once.”
Think about the budget, the research, the development, marketing, and etc with the final deadline in mind.
Being effective is not solely dependent on effort but rather if that effort is in the right area.
Use your imagination, will, and conscience.
Development a personal mission statement based off of your Circle of Influence.
Make sure it is centered around Family, Money, Work, Possession, Church Pleasure, or a Friend/Enemy so you will be motivated by your mission.
Hustle while you wait
The mission follows the money
Plan tomorrow’s work today
Understand time is limited. It is the most valuable resource any of us have.
Organize and execute around priorities
Use a time management matrix to determine when to get something done.
Identify your role in the project and see what part you play in the bigger picture.
Long-term organizing includes
Mission Statement – Roles – Goals
Weekly organizing includes
Start with a plan and make a to-do list
Put deadlines on your to-do list tasks and goals to beat the deadline every time.
There are plenty of opportunities for everybody if you think win/win and only accept the projects you can excel at.
Approach your deadlines like human interactions.
The project can consist of Win/Win-Win/Lose-Lose/Win-Lose/Lose Win No Deal paradigms
Win-Win projects equals character, relationships, and agreements which are the foundation of a successful freelancing business.
Win/Win is a total philosophy of human interaction where all parties feel good about the decision and feel committed to the action plan. Usually, these projects are the best to work on.
Remove hopeful, wishful, maybe or should connections.
self-awareness, imagination, conscience, and independent will.
Stephen R. Covey Describes habit number 4 as:
Character traits (integrity, maturity, abundance mentality) move towards relationships in which flow agreements (Desired Results, Guidelines, Resources, Accountability, and Consequences) come out of but only in an environment where structure and systems/processes are based on win/win.
Understanding the Individual
Attending to the Little Things
Showing Personal Integrity
Don’t Say Yes to Everything
Mastering this habit is the key to becoming a freelancer on the way to financial success.
Empathic communication is the best way to ensure every deadline is dominated.
It is right in the middle of your success if your circle of influence is where you want it to be.
Prioritizing people in your projects and in your personal life will ensure you dominated each and every deadline.
This is the key to presentations.
Ethos – personal credibility
Pathos – Empathic side
Logos – Logic, the reasoning part of the presentation
Use the three to create effective presentations to win the project you are bidding on, to convince your client to take a certain route or to wrap up the project.
Synergistic communication is a win/win.
Open-mindedness to outside influence can lead to an idea that demolishes the deadline.
Value differences when cooperating creatively so each party can have input.
Never comprise when communicating with your client.
It can be negative!
Think about principle-centered leadership that catalyzes, unifies, and unleashes your ability to direct the project to completion before the deadline is up.
Integrate the four unique human endowments, the motive of Win/Win, and the skills of empathic communication.
Synergy brings Win/Win.
Get rid of negative synergy.
Value the difference.
Think about the negative forces that work against growth and change.
Having awareness of each component of synergy will allow you to make implicit correctness to managing the project.
Charge your own battery
Be a champion of self-renewal
Connect the physical to social/emotional to spiritual to mental.
Self Renewal will keep you super productive as a freelancer
Eating the right kind of foods
Getting rest and relaxation
Exercise – endurance/strength
Physical fitness is needed so your body doesn’t breakdown. You can’t freelance if you are not healthy.
Be secured because as a freelancer you will hear no (in much nicer ways) a lot, but all it takes is one yes.
The core, the center, and the commitment to your value system will always reign supreme.
Having faith and following your path to fulfilling your purpose, can provide you motivation on the roughest days.
Balance, Synergy renewal
The Upward Spiral – learn, do, commit
You have to be committed to dominating the deadlines.
You have to be committed to learning so you can increase your value as a freelancer.
Doing is the key to your life as a freelancer. If you aren’t practicing the 7 habits daily, you should start now!
Live with values so life becomes more meaningful. A meaningful life can be defined within! The opinions of others become feedback. Use that feedback to improve yourself. By improving your internal viewpoint your ability to handle multiple projects will be easy, as deadlines will be dominated by your productivity.
Now apply the 7 habits to your procedures and processes so deadlines are nothing to fear.
Read Pt. 2 here.