Say you’re a freelance writer with a lot of drafts to do within the day. You wake up at 5 am, make breakfast, and turn the computer on 30 minutes later. You open a new Google document and stare at the blank page in front of you. By 5:50 am, you probably have 4 or 5 sentences in your draft but as you go along the next 30 minutes, you find yourself with the same number of sentences as you keep adding and deleting words. It seems like your thoughts are quite difficult to put together today. So what exactly is wrong with you? Read on!
The Simple Habit of Preparation
The disappointing situation above happens to almost all freelancers of different backgrounds. Valuable time is wasted as one begins a task in limbo, with lack of direction in the beginning. So what’s lacking? It’s the simple habit of preparation!
Quick Guide to Building the Preparation Habit
To create the positive habit of preparation, here’s a quick guide to start with:
- Understand that if you don’t prepare for a certain task, you’ll end up wasting a lot of time. Take 30 minutes of time wasted a day, that’s around 150 minutes in a workweek! You could have done something valuable with those amount of time.
- Think ahead of your tasks the night before. Allocate at least 15 minutes every night in going through what you’re supposed to do the next day. You can either list down what needs to be done or create a mental outline.
- Make sure that you have everything you need to go through the task such as your computer, Internet connection, etc. This will help prevent unnecessary delays.
On a final note, it’s all about creating a game plan. How about you? What’s your game plan?