10 tips to increase your productivity as a freelancer while still working in a day job. Being a freelancer can get tiring, if you don't have proper systems or practices in place. To help you with that, I am providing some simple, but working ways to increase your productivity.

10 tips to increase your productivity as a freelancer while still working in a day job

10 tips to increase your productivity as a freelancer while still working in a day job. Being a freelancer can get tiring, if you don't have proper systems or practices in place. To help you with that, I am providing some simple, but working ways to increase your productivity.

The best thing about being a freelancer is having the freedom to do your work at your own pace and with your own rules.  And this also can be difficult if your schedule and rules don’t fit your client’s needs.  So, where is the freedom of being a “free”lancer?  It’s in choosing to be your own boss, having your own work timing and following your own work ethic.

Being a freelancer can get tiring if you don’t have proper systems or rules practices in place.  To help you with that, I am providing some simple, but working ways to increase your productivity.

I am totally qualified to give you these tips, because

  1. I have a full-time corporate job.
  2. I am a part-time freelancer – virtual assistant helping authors, publishers, and bloggers to achieve their goals.
  3. Most importantly, I am a mom to a one-year-old who demands my entire attention while being at home.

And you know what the awesome thing is?  Being successful at all these three parts of my life, I want to help you in increasing your productivity as well.  So, follow these great tips to increase your productivity and be free!



I know it’s very easy to say, but very difficult to follow this.  But, trust me on this – if you can complete a task within 5 minutes, just DO IT!  If you are going to just mark it on your to-do list, then when you finally sit down to actually do things, these small tasks are going to tire you out.

The nature of procrastination says that there are four things that will influence people to procrastinate.  Simply put, these are those four things: low-value tasks, personality, expectations and goal failure.

And I agree with all of these four things.  To avoid being influenced by these factors,

  1. I would personally suggest not taking low-value tasks that you are not interested in or which you think is not worth your time or skills.  It’s a major factor which gives you a bad name because of improper delivery, which in turn puts pressure of your other projects, which greatly decreases your productivity.
  2. Personality is another important trait.  If you have a more impulsive personality and easily prone to distractions, I would strongly suggest that you use apps/tools that will block sites which distract you from doing your job.  Here are three Chrome add-ons which are easy to use.
  3. Set strong and clear expectations from both you and your client.
  4. If you have the fear of failure and see procrastination as a way to postpone that failure, just know this.  Take help from other freelancers by posting in a group or community to help with the issue.  People are seriously ready to help, if only you ask.  If you still fail within assigned timelines, you can always ask your client for more time saying the things that you have done so far.  Most clients are super understanding and always ready to give another chance.  All everyone needs is for you to work dedicated and remain true.  You will be surprised by how many are ready to help when you come clean with your problem.  Even if your client is not understanding and fires you right away, you tried and had been professional and brave.  Take that to your heart and add it to your learning curve.  That will make a great post for your blog, if not anything else. 🙂


You should always know what to do next.  Be it in the restaurant queue waiting for a table, in a commute to your office or waiting for a friend in a coffee shop, always have a clear plan.  At least use that time to read your feeds, schedule your social media posts, respond to the comments or just answer a no-thinking-necessary email.  The best part of this is you are already doing all this, but without a plan.  With a proper plan, you are saving yourself a great amount of time.

I have a Business Calendar app and a paper planner at all times.  I usually have all my tasks and events planned in Google Calendar which syncs with my Business Calendar app.  And I never have tiny tasks at hand.  I finish them at the earliest opportunity that I have.

This will ensure you to gather focus on most important things when you at last sit before your PC.  Eliminate distractions via emails and social media when you, at last, have that focus.  And do not be tempted by your favorite websites and start surfing.  It will deplete your limited time and end up having you sitting through wee hours of the morning.


If there is one thing you can’t beat in freelancing, it’s the freedom to have your work hours depending solely on you.  There is no rule that you have to work from 8-4 or from 9-5 (ugh, right?).

If you want to work only half-day or 2 hours a day and still make enough money to support yourself, then that’s totally fine.  And you can totally take a vacation during weekdays and work full days during the weekend.

That’s also the main reason why those few hours you spend is more important.  There are ways with which you can save your time with softwares, tools, and mobile apps.


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All work and no play will make you dull.

I know you are working hard, trust me, I know.  And I also know there are also people who even ignore their sleep, appetite, exercise, friends and family to establish their freelancing business and make their dreams true.

You are going to be exhausted, depleting all your energy sooner than you expect and eventually get burned out.  Take some time for breaks – even small ones – between your work hours.  Even an hour with your friend or a few hours with your family would do wonders to the creative side of you, greatly enhancing your productivity.

Just playing with my kid for an hour makes me happy enough to sit through the next few hours of focused work.  I feel refreshed and ready and it works every time.  You can say that you have very less time, that you even forget to grab your lunch sometimes.   If that’s the case, it’s not long before you feel like you are really going to lose it.  And that’s actually my own experience and that hasn’t worked well.

Studies show that taking short breaks during your typical work day can make you more productive.  Go to a garden, take a walk in the park or take your friend to the coffee shop.


I am not asking you to spend hours on social media and tell me that you had your free time. Obsessive social media interactions can be even more bad for freelancers.

Give this break time to give your mind and body some rest.  According to scientific research broken down by New York Times writer Phyllis Korkki, “A growing body of evidence shows that taking regular breaks from mental tasks improves productivity and creativity — and that skipping breaks can lead to stress and exhaustion.”

Have it from someone who was once constantly exhausted, breaks are good.  There is nothing to feel guilty about taking short breaks.  Take breaks that doesn’t border on procrastination.  It’s really good.  Try it – it will make you more ready to get back to your work and you will more success.


Another main reason for bad productivity is monotonous tasks.  I know that not all freelancers can have jobs that are interesting every other day.  They can be monotonous and boring and irritating – sometimes.

One solution to this monotonous work is automation.  There are so many tools that can take your time off simple and mundane tasks.



Don’t overwhelm yourself.  Start saying NO, although it’s just temporary.  I am a freelancer and virtual assistant and I hear your mind always saying and doing things that will impress your clients (or potential clients).  Our reputation depends on it.  Our referral rate depends on it.  Our repeat business depends on it.

But, it’s also important to know to set the limits on both sides in this business.  One simple solution is to have a clear contract.

Saying NO is not a wrong thing, but saying it in a respectful and nice way is more important.  And mutually agreed-upon contract would be a major advantage to this discussion – to both parties. And this can solve you a lot of headaches.


Freelancing can be awesome, but tiring at times.  Do not lose your inspiration in all this game of money and life.

Taking that special break as I said above can be great.  But, there are other additional ways too.

Vary your tasks

Varying your tasks can keep you away from hitting that wall of monotonous activities.  This can be done, but you got to be super organized for that to happen.  When concentrating on one task, do not try to think about working on other.  Break down the tasks and always complete the current sub-task at hand.

For example,

  • You have got 2 tasks at hand: social media marketing and content creation.
  • Split the social media marketing to tasks into multiple sub-tasks: Create designs, create content, schedule via tools like Hootsuite.
  • Split the content creation task into: Prepare a draft, create images, proof-read the post, formatting and publish.

Now, shuffle these sub-tasks so that you do not get bored, but rather inspired to work on those items.  This will keep your creativity and inspiration intact.

Have some creative outlet outside of work

Deadline after deadline after deadline?  It’s easy to lose your inspiration when you are getting buried in deadlines.  But, that’s okay.  It’s a rookie mistake.  Over time, you will learn to set your client’s expectations right and holding your stand on the required timeframe to get the job done.

Meanwhile, when you are at it, feel your passion with some real food.  Do something that will make your love your job again.  Create an interest outside of work.  Get inspired.  When it’s finally time to work again, you will feel the inspiration rather than just responsibility.

And again, if you are already happy and inspired in the work, this point is unnecessary for you and I am really happy that you got it right.


In a Forbes article Dr. Karen Pine, professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire and fashion psychologist, explains:

“When we put on an item of clothing it is common for the wearer to adopt the characteristics associated with that garment. A lot of clothing has symbolic meaning for us, whether it’s ‘professional work attire’ or ‘relaxing weekend wear’, so when we put it on we prime the brain to behave in ways consistent with that meaning.”

Freelancing can be lonely at times.  Staring at your computer all day (and night) without any human company will make you feel isolated.  Maybe not!

Maybe, it’s just that all your friends are only through online via social media and forums.

Whatever the reason, most freelancers forget one very important stuff: SELF-CARE.

According to researchers at Northwestern University, clothes aren’t just a device of perception, but a tool that can really affect how you perceive yourself.  Your posture of sitting up straight and wearing more professional clothing (instead of being in PJ pants all day without any makeup or even without brushing your hair) can help you perform better.  It seems like the dress codes at workplace are not for nothing.


Even with all the smart moves that you make, there is always something that you may need help with.  It’s totally fine to ask for help.  Actually, having help can give you more financial and emotional stability.  There are two ways you can do that.


There are so many tasks that you need not do it.  Keeping your inbox to zero read emails (you can just concentrate on important emails alone that require your complete attention), website maintenance, blog post publishing (proofing, formatting and scheduling), project management, bookkeeping, social media management and so many other tasks take so much of your valuable time.  This can be done by hiring a virtual assistant.   You can take up more money by focusing on more important tasks.


There is so much know new information, tools and softwares every day.  As part of my job, I make it a habit to know about a new tool every two weeks, which will help my clients.  Be friends with other freelancers who are from your niche.  Their experience and knowledge can do wonders to your business.


Actually, you are doing great.  Tweaking a few things can set you far, yes, but being hard on yourself can set you a long way from that goal.

In fact, this study shows that self-blame is definitely counter-productive.   Instead, forgive yourself, learn from your mistakes and come back with more force and productivity.

This research points out that it’s important to evaluate each task to make sure you aren’t engaging in ‘automatic behavior’:

Often our behaviour is robotic. We do things not because we’ve really thought about it, but because it’s a habit or we’re unconsciously copying other people. This type of behaviour can be an enemy of goal striving. Ask yourself whether what you are doing is really getting you closer to your goal.

Are you reaching at least a small step forward to your goals every day?  Then you are doing it right and actually doing great.


I hope these tips are useful for you.  Are you struggling with in your daily productivity?

10 tips to increase your productivity as a freelancer while still working in a day job. Being a freelancer can get tiring, if you don't have proper systems or practices in place. To help you with that, I am providing some simple, but working ways to increase your productivity.

10 blogger friends who make me green with envy


These are the bloggers who I love with utmost devotion and love..and yes, some (okay, a lot of) envy.  These are some of my favorites for whom I make time to follow and read about.  These people have been my inspiration, my virtual online support system, my source of laughter and my rock stars.  These people influence a big community and give countless bloggers the reason to believe every day that life is never easy, but if you can give your best, success has no option but to award you the prize.

They already maybe in your list of followed sites.  But, feel free to hop onto their social media accounts and say hi.. 🙂

1. Cait from Paper Fury

If there is anyone who can tell you the meaning of the killer blog titles, it’s Cait.  Just reading her blog post title will make you want to read all the other post titles from the sidebar.  Even her comments are so awesome that I am happy to love and envy her.

Reason for envy (LOVE): Writing skills

My Favorite moment: She calls herself with so many names and addresses her readers with a variety of names as well.  I seriously laugh at times by her use of ‘splendiferous’ words, but they also seem more personal that I feel like I actually know her, even though I don’t (if sending her a couple of emails count as knowing her).

Reach her at @PaperFury!

2. Melyssa Griffin from MelyssaGriffin.com formerly known as The Nectar Collective

Melyssa is a superhero in social media, more specifically Pinterest.  She is the proud owner of the site formerly called as The Nectar Collective and now branded with her own name.  Melyssa blogs about entrepreneur and blogging tips, along with offering courses – one of the very popular course being the Pinfinite Growth.

Reason for envy (LOVE): Confidence

My Favorite Moment:  Nowadays, most bloggers share their income report in order to benchmark themselves and inspiring others to grow further.  Did you see her March 2016 income report?  It’s not the income that made me WOW that post (even though it’s really really incredible how much a freelancer can earn), but it’s the honesty with which she shared how she made such huge income.

Reach her at @melyssa_griffin!

3. Sarah Morgan from xoSarah

Sarah is a blogger wiz, specializing in coaching people on how to grow their blog audience and establish your blog and business with successful and profitable results.  I am in Sarah’s Slack community and she seriously has some commitment towards her members.  She never left a comment or question unanswered, even though she was not tagged in it.   I wish I had that type of commitment towards my commentors. 🙂

The very idea of this blog post came from one of her newsletters.  Thank you, Sarah!

Reason for envy (LOVE): Dedication, Relaxed approach

My Favorite Moment: Sarah’s relaxed approach to things is amazing.  Where did I notice it?  Webinars, group chats, and meetings.  Her way of handling things are really cool.

Reach her at @xoSarahMorgan!

4. Leah Kalamakis from The Freelance to Freedom Project and LeahKalamakis.com

Leah is someone who I closely connect with, even though she doesn’t know that. 🙂  If you ask me one name in my sleep of who I dedicatedly stalk for the past few months, it’s Leah.  She is INCREDIBLE.  As with others on this list, I didn’t know her personally, but if some day, I need an advice about my life, blog and business, I will undoubtedly turn to her.  Her courses are one of the few which yields immediate results.  If you are looking to take action in your freelance business, you should take a look of her awesome courses.

Reason for envy (LOVE):  Honesty and eCourse
My Favorite Moment: Leah recently started a mentorship and I badly wanted to have her as my coach, but things are hard for me right now.  And it’s like giving away more money than I can afford.  I asked her directly whether I can pay in EMI of 3 or 4 months.  She replied to me saying that I can do this next time and for now, I already know how to get clients and how to make money.  I just needed the push for certain things, which Leah mentioned is not necessary until I make enough money to afford her mentorship without having too much pressure.  And she also said that if I still want to join, I can pay in EMI.  That honesty – made me love her even more.  This is business; this is money.  I never have seen someone who cares so much for her readers to give an honest opinion.  Well, all her blog posts ooze honesty.  You HAVE to follow her and say hi.  She is an amazing person..and an amazing freelancer.

Reach her at @leahkalamakis!

5. Ash from The Middle Finger Project

“The Middle Finger Project” – The name should say Ash’s personality.  She follows a humorous approach to getting things to her readers, which actually works great.  If you haven’t already, you much definitely go read her posts.  She will make you think while laughing – it’s called WIT.

Reason for envy (LOVE): Website design and Guts

My Favorite Moment:  Have you worked your way through Ash’s website?  Just try a search – this is what fills the whole screen.  There are so many other examples.  She doesn’t follow rules like others. She seems to have her own and they are so good.  Just getting into her website makes me happy. And don’t forget the posts which contain audio.  Go follow her and enjoy!

Reach her at @TMFProject!

6. Erin E Flynn from ErineFlynn.com

Erin is a blogger that I newly have taken a liking to.  Informative blog posts and simplistic design is her charm.

Reason for envy (LOVE): Simplicity

My Favorite Moment: Not yet.  I just love her post ideas.  It’s different and what I would like to read in recent days of my busy work.  I have to know more about her, in order to have a favorite moment with her or her site.

Reach her at @erin3flynn!


7.  Nellie from Nellie and Co.

I know Nellie only strictly via my Feedly.  She has some awesome content there.  While most of my Feedly contents are inspiring, Nellie’s content are informative and productive.

Reason for envy (LOVE): Amazing content

My Favorite Moment: Her “Blogger Love” posts are the main reason I find new bloggers that I can love.  My Feedly has so many new entries because of her.

Reach her at @nellieand_co!

8. Krista from Krista Rae

Krista is another passionate blogger who moved from a full time job to being an solopreneur. Whenever I read the posts from her, it’s like someone pushing you from all sides to do something you love.

Reason for envy (LOVE): Passion

My Favorite Moment: Her recent post of “From Side Hustler to Solopreneur” is one of the most favorite moments that I had in her site.  It was honest, but inspiring.  It’s really really great how she managed to get past the biggest fear of anyone’s life – insecurity.  You have to read it to know what I am raving about.

Reach her at @HeyKristaRae!



9. Ashley from Nosegraze

Ashley is the reason I know many of the above bloggers.  Her site is where I found these people.  She is the first freelancer, who inspired me that things can be different in the world of books, reviews and monotonous design and marketing.  Her posts, her design, her courses and her freebies – they all stood unique in the land of book blogging or what I know of it.

Reason for envy (LOVE): Creative thinking

My Favorite Moment:  I would forever be grateful for the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin.  If you see her shop, things are different than most other shops.  She created what is required and what helps us save time, rather than just pretty themes (which she does as well).

Reach her at @NoseGraze!

10. Jenny from The Bloggess

I have been in love with her writing even before I started blogging.  She is one of the few bloggers who I follow since dinosaurs roamed the Earth or older than that.  Her posts crack me up.

Reason for envy (LOVE): For Being herself!

My Favorite Moment: Any blog posts mentioning her daughter, cats and her poor (or not) husband. 🙂

Reach her at @TheBloggess!


So, what do you think of these amazing people?  Have you already been acquainted with any of them?  Do you have any such favorites?  I really would love to know them.  Share it in the comments below.

Are you creating useful content in your blog/site?


Before I ask you something, let me just answer myself to it.  And the answer would be a NO!  I think I am NOT doing justice to me or my site for the past few months.  Although there were various reasons behind, the bitter truth is still the same.  I


useful content

You can argue all you want about how this blog is mine and it’s entirely acceptable to post what I want.  But, at the end of the day, I CARE whether the post that is published is useful or satisfying any one of my readers.

I CARE whether the post that is published is useful or satisfying any one of my readers. #blogging Click To Tweet

Who wants to see a long number of ongoing cover reveals, release events and excerpts delivered to their feeds or their inbox?  NO ONE!!!  I, for one, just scroll through those type of posts without even reading them.  I am definitely not saying that these contents are just waste of time and space.  But, when it comes to blogging, why do you think people follow you?  They are interested to know more about you or what you have got to say.

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Through a recent survey, CoSchedule Blog found out that you want to get more traffic…

15% measure pageviews
15% measure visits
13% measure traffic in general
8% measure unique pageviews

…but 22% say that the biggest professional challenge is finding time to create content.

22% say that the biggest professional challenge is finding time to create content. #coschedule #blogging #traffic Click To Tweet

I agree!


You need not be a pro to create such content.  Information you post should be valuable or create interest or at the least, it should make them relate to their own self.  When it comes to book blogs,

  • Yes, reviews are good, but I don’t think I will follow a blog which only reviews day after day…after day.  The truth is I don’t care about most of the books you speak about.
  • Author bashing or writing to hurt the feelings of others creating negative publicity?  NOT OKAY!  Yes, people may start reading ‘those’ kind of posts, giving you more page views.  But, one of the biggest charms in book blogging is its community.  And you will be wise not to lose the trust of those people.  Or YOU ARE GOING DOWN.  BIG.  If you are going to adopt such cheap publicity (pathetic!), think again.  Trust me, no one is that desperate.
  • Lists?  Yeah, TOTALLY COOL!  Now, we are really speaking here.  Yes, it’s verified and proven that lists create more buzz than regular paragraphs.


  • “How to” posts?  YES!  I personally believe that every bloggers has something to tell to the community.  It can be as simple as a new WordPress plugin that’s useful to you or how you just managed to get some reading today.  Because there is always new things to learn.  Let us know how to do things.  Knowlege sharing is one of the best ways to keep your readers interested in your blog/site.
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Although we try not to be bothered about the infamous page views or unique visitors, you can’t stop yourself from being excited, when the content you posted starts a buzz in the community.  Right?  Yes, you are so like me. 🙂

According to the survey by CoSchedule Blog, 51% of all bloggers measure their success by some sort of traffic metric.


I guess that’s understandable by the way.  How else would you do it?

Creating traffic is not only to increase your page views or monetise your site, it’s also satisfying to know that people are actually interested in what you write.



Keep writing, but try to make time for meaningful content.

Is the content alone enough for creating an awesome blog post?  Are there easier ways or tools to do this?  That’s the topic for another day.

What do you think about this article?  What are the other forms of useful content that you think is missing in the above list?  Please share your feedback.