Why Deadlines are the Life of a Stupendous Freelancer? (Pt. 1)

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.


My Question to You is:

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 struggled with beating deadlines for the 1st year. Until one day…

*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.

Read my “Power of Words” case study.


I compare the journey to an athlete that is training his/her body movements to be efficient, increasing their chances of a lengthy career.  

I’ll show you how to become more productive later on but for now, let me ask you…… 

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.  

In short: 

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. 

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KEY TAKEAWAYS 

7 Habits of Highly Effective People 

Habit 1

Habit 2

Habit 3

Habit 4

Habit 5

Habit 6

Habit 7

Effective Habits to Beat Deadlines 

(It starts within)

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 


Habit#1 (Self Victory)

Be Proactive 

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. 

Being self-aware by evaluating and learning from your experiences can lead to

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.

For example

 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 

Habit#2 (Self Victory)

Begin with the end in mind

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. 

Some examples are… 

Hustle while you wait

The mission follows the money 

Plan tomorrow’s work today

Habit#3 (Self Victory)

First Things First (effective vs efficiency) 

Understand time is limited. It is the most valuable resource any of us have. 

Set limits on your time wasters

Co-workers

Friends

Family members

Significant others 

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  

Roles-Goals-Plans


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. 

Habit#4 (Public Victory)

Think Win-Win

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.

Events that Need to be Remove from your Life as a Freelancer

Remove hopeful, wishful, maybe or should connections. 

Utilize

 self-awareness, imagination, conscience, and independent will.

Think Mutual

Learning

Influence

Benefits 

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. 

Emotional Bank Account – Six Major Deposits 

Understanding the Individual 

Attending to the Little Things 

Keeping Commitments 

Clarifying Expectations 

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. 

Habit#5 (Public Victory)

Seek 1st to understand, then to be understood

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. 

Use the Old Greek formula 

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. 


5 types of listeners…..

Pretend listeners

Selective listeners

Attentive listeners

Interactive listeners

Empathetic listeners


Habit#6(Public Victory)

Synergize

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.

Habit#7

Sharpen the Saw

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 

Physical

Exercise, Nutrition, Stress Management

Eating the right kind of foods

Getting rest and relaxation

Exercise – endurance/strength

Flexibility 

Physical fitness is needed so your body doesn’t breakdown. You can’t freelance if you are not healthy.

Social/Emotional

Service, Empathy, Synergy, Intrinsic Security

Be secured because as a freelancer you will hear no (in much nicer ways) a lot, but all it takes is one yes.

Spiritual

Value, Clarification, Commitment, Study & Meditation

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.

Mental

Reading, Visualizing, Planning, Writing 

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!

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Conclusion

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.


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