time management for freelance writersWhen you’re a freelancer, time is money.

The longer you spend checking your email, scouring job boards and pitching new clients, the less time you have to complete work – and that means LESS money going into your pocket.

Unfortunately, though they may seem like annoying time-wasters, these tasks (and many others like them) are a necessity if you want a successful writing career.

Sure, skipping some of them may give you more time to work, but it could also hurt the quality of clients you get, the number of jobs you nail down and your overall customer satisfaction – and that will hurt your bottom line, too.

The truth is, the best method isn’t to forgo those menial and tedious-feeling tasks. Instead, simply manage your time better – get organized, streamline your processes and make your day as efficient and productive as possible.

It’s not easy, but luckily, there are some tools and apps out there that can help.

Here are just a few of my favorite tools that can make time management for writers simple and easy:

1. Rescue Time

Think you might be spending too much time applying for jobs or surfing Facebook?

Download Rescue Time, and it will record how many minutes you spend on every activity. Once you’re done tracking, you can look at a breakdown of exactly how you spent your time.

Use it to gain insight, set goals and change your habits so that you’re more effective and more productive.

2. OmmWritertime management for writers

Find yourself getting distracted and off track while writing? Use OmmWriter to stay focused.

A unique tool that works on Mac, PC and iPad, OmmWriter transforms your screen into a simple, distraction-free environment for writing. It blocks out other windows and programs, lets you choose clean, minimalistic document backgrounds and offers up relaxing, zen-like music that gets you in the mood for writing.

Other similar programs exist out there, including WriteRoom and Zen Writer, but OmmWriter has been a favorite of mine for a while.

3. Toggl

Charging by the hour? Want to know how much time you spent on each client?

Toggl allows you to track time with one simple click. Set up individual projects, assign billable rates and produce time reports and use them for invoicing. It’s also a great tool for staying organized; you can color code clients and even add sub-projects.

4. Now Do This

An incredibly simple tool, Now Do This requires one thing: your daily to-do list.

Just add it into the box, keep the window up as you work, and hit “done” every time you finish a task. Once you do, Now Do This will display the next task on your list to keep you on track and productive.

5. OfficeTime time management for writers

A time-tracking application for tablets, computers and smartphones, OfficeTime lets you easily monitor time spent per client, project and task, and it gives you reminders if you’ve been idle or away from your screen for a while.

You can also export hours to Excel or into a customizable invoice, which can include a quick summary of your work or full details of each task you completed.

6. Oh Don’t Forget

Emails get lost in the clutter and most of us shy away from phone calls, but text messages? Those are a writer’s Holy Grail.

With Oh Don’t Forget, you can use this to your advantage and set text message reminders for deadlines, daily to-dos or appointments with clients. You can even schedule out recurring messages for long-term commitments.

7. TimePanther

Billed as the tool for time management for writers, TimePanther lets you set up tasks, organize them by client or project and even calculate revenues for each.

There are also built-in tools that let you visualize how your time was spent, and you can export weekly reports to get the full picture.

8. Freedom time management for writers

Easily distracted, but still need your web windows up and available for research?

Instead of a minimalistic tool like OmmWriter, try Freedom, which allows you to block out your most distracting apps and websites while you work. You can even set schedules for when the sites are blocked.

StayFocused is another similar tool, though it is specific only to Chrome.

9. My Life Organized

A cross-platform way to manage your to-dos, MLO lets you add tasks (including subtasks and even subtasks of those subtasks!), as well as assign a hierarchy to each one.

If something changes, the app’s easy drag-and-drop features make changing things up a breeze.

You can even set location-based reminders on your tasks, so if you head to the grocery store, MLO will send you a notification with your shopping list in it. It’s pretty intuitive and helpful. Remember the Milk and Todoist are other similar apps.

10. Evernote

Need to keep track of more than just to-dos? Evernote may be a good fit.

While it does offer you an easy place to store projects and to-dos, Evernote also has some added features that can make managing your time even easier. Snap pictures, attach notes or add documents to your tasks, and thanks to the instant syncing capabilities, accessing those on your phone, computer or even tablet is easy and fast.

11. Nutcache

Nutcache is a good option if you need help keeping your projects on track.

It offers integrated project management, time tracking and invoicing and expensing tools that can help you streamline your day and your freelancing business as a whole.

It’s also great if you’re working on a team or hand-in-hand with a client; just add the other person to your board, and you can collaborate on work, share comments and exchange documents.

12. Focus Booster time management for writers

A tool made just for freelancers, Focus Booster uses the Pomodoro Technique time-management method to break down your projects into intervals – a strategy proven to boost focus and productivity.

It tracks your time, enforces breaks and keeps you fresh and alert as you write, apply for jobs or whatever else you might be working on. It also has a visual dashboard that helps you spot problem areas so you can further boost productivity.

13. Launchy

Ever feel like you spend half your time looking for files, opening documents or starting programs? With Launchy, that issue is a thing of the past.

Launchy lets you assign short keystrokes to specific programs, files, folders and web bookmarks so you can pull them up with just a few taps on the keyboard. Depending on your tasks at hand, it can shave hours off your day.

14. TextExpander

Have clients you work for often?

Preprogram textual shortcuts with TextExpander, an app that lets you assign shortened abbreviations with full sentences, paragraphs, images or CSS code. All you do is type in a few letters, and you could have a full blog template up in seconds.

15. Google Calendar time management for freelance writers with google calendar

An old standard, Google Calendar provides a great way to organize your work, track deadlines and stay on track no matter what device you’re using. As a big bonus, it integrates easily with many other Google apps and features, and you can export calendar data to most project management tools and apps.

Try one of these tools!

Time management, for writers, is paramount. It plays a huge role in your overall productivity, your client satisfaction and, most importantly, the money you make. If you’re having trouble staying focused, keeping track of to-dos or just using your time wisely, use these tools to your advantage.

Have more to add to the list? Share them in the comments!

 

ATT FREELANCE WRITERS:
GIVE ME 30 DAYS AND I WILL GIVE YOU A FORMULA FOR
EARNING YOUR FIRST $1,000 AS A FREELANCE WRITER
If you haven't yet hit that $1K mark, what is holding you back? Let me help you!
In my FREE Report, I will show you how I broke into this exciting, liberating, well-paid career, without any contacts, experience or confidence and earned my first $1,000.
100% Privacy. I hate spam too!
Inside this FREE report, you're about to discover:
The same technique I used to bank my first $1,000 in less than 30 days, without any formal writing training or experience
21 sites where you can start earning money as a writer, in 72 hours or less
My 7-day "fear-busting" tips that gave me the courage and confidence to double my rates in a single week
And more...
YOU CAN DO THIS.
I BELIEVE IN YOU!
Enter your email below and get your Free 30 Days to $1K Blueprint today andlet's get started!

 

Maggie

Maggie Linders is the author of "Freelance Writing Riches," an income-boosting blueprint for freelance writers. She is also the creator of the popular "Freelance Profit Academy," an information-packed, coaching-focused membership program that teaches freelance writers how to start, build and maintain full-time, high-earning freelance writing careers.

This Post Has 4 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Where should we send your
writing jobs?
on how to land high-paying
FREE Craigslist Client-
Getting Swipe File
GRAB YOUR FREE REPORT:
THE ULTIMATE LINKEDIN
CLIENT-GETTING SWIPE FILE
ENTER YOUR
EMAIL ADDRESS
BELOW FOR
INSTANT
ACCESS
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS SECURE
ATT WRITERS:
LEARN MY SHORTCUTS TO LANDING HIGH-
PAYING WRITING JOBS ON CRAIGSLIST
Craigslist was the first website I used that helped me earn a long-lasting, steady freelance writing income. It's bursting with high-paying freelance writing gigs and high-quality clients if you know how to find them. If you want to learn exactly how I did it, you can get access to my Free report right now.
Here is what you will get:
Learn how to spot scams in 10 seconds with real-life examples
3 "secret backdoors” to finding well-paid jobs and awesome clients on Craigslist
Get the exact email replies I used to land jobs and win clients and stand out from the competition (steal them from me!)
I unloaded my 10 years of experience using Craigslist in this report.
You can get it now for FREE!
100% Privacy. I hate spam too!
Where should we send your
writing jobs?
on how to land high-paying
FREE Craigslist Client-
Getting Swipe File
ATT WRITERS:
LEARN MY SHORTCUTS TO ATTRACTING, FINDING AND
LANDING HIGH-PAYING WRITING CLIENTS ON TWITTER
I love Twitter because it allows me to get right in front of the exact businesses who want my freelance writing services. And, it's easy too! But, you have to know how to do this right, or you will waste your time. In this Free swipe file, I reveal my exact strategies on how to use Twitter to get noticed by prospective clients and land high-paying, long-term gigs.
Here is what you will get:
2 fill-in-the-blank Twitter profile templates you can use to create a killer, client-getting Twitter profile in seconds from now
10 sample tweets to put your client lead generation on autopilot and save up to 30 minutes of work right now
My 4-part formula for identifying top clients on Twitter with pinpoint accuracy (in under 60 seconds!)
I revealed my TOP Twitter client-getting strategies in this swipe file.
You can get it now for FREE!
100% Privacy. I hate spam too!
And more!
ATT WRITERS:
LEARN MY SHORTCUTS TO ATTRACTING, FINDING AND LANDING
HIGH-PAYING WRITING CLIENTS & JOBS ON LINKEDIN
I recommend every freelance writer use LinkedIn to network and find jobs and clients. LinkedIn is a business-to-business site that allows you to connect directly with businesses looking for freelance writers. In my Free swipe file, I reveal my exact strategies on how to use LinkedIn to get noticed by prospective clients and land high-paying, long-term gigs.
Here is what you will get:
My 4-part formula for identifying "dream" clients on LinkedIn (see how I find awesome clients in 1 minute flat!)
My "spy and conquer" method that allows you to uncover the LinkedIn clients who already want to work with you
My 4-part formula for identifying "dream" clients on LinkedIn (see how I find awesome clients in 1 minute flat!)
I revealed my TOP LinkedIn client-getting and profile-building strategies
in this swipe file. You can get it now for FREE!
100% Privacy. I hate spam too!
And more!
ATT WRITERS:
LEARN MY SHORTCUTS TO ATTRACTING AND FINDING
HIGH-PAYING WRITING CLIENTS ON FACEBOOK
Did you know you can use Facebook to get more clients and writing jobs? Many writers shy away from Facebook for business, but it's so easy to get more exposure to prospective clients on this platform, especially if you are already familiar with it and have a personal profile. In my Free swipe file, I reveal my exact strategies on how I use Facebook to get more exposure to high-paying clients.
Here is what you will get:
My 3-step client outreach formula to find your perfect clients on Facebook, starting tonight
1 little-known trick for finding awesome content to post to your page, and enjoy free viral traffic and hands-free client leads, for months on end
10 sample post templates to build your Page like lightning and attract better clients today
In this Facebook client-getting swipe file, I reveal my TOP Facebook strategies
for getting exposure to high-paying clients. You can get it now for FREE!
100% Privacy. I hate spam too!
And more!
Where should we send your
writing jobs?
on how to land high-paying
FREE Linkedin Client-
Getting Swipe File
Where should we send your
writing jobs?
on how to land high-paying
FREE Twitter Client-
Getting Swipe File
ATT WRITERS:
GIVE ME 3O DAYS AND I WILL HELP YOU EARN
$1K IN FREELANCE WRITING INCOME
You know what one of the most exciting feelings was for me? The moment I realized I COULD earn money as a freelance writer. That's what earning my first $1K did for me. The satisfaction was amazing!
If you haven't yet hit that $1K mark, what is holding you back? Let me help you.
100% Privacy. I hate spam too!
In my new FREE Report, 30 Days to $1K Blueprint for freelance writers, I show you how I broke into this exciting, liberating, well-paid career, without any contacts, experience or confidence.
Inside this free report, I’m handing you:
The same technique I used to bank my first $1,000 in less than 30 days, without any formal writing training or experience
25 sites where you can start earning money as a writer, in 72 hours or less
My 7-day "fear-busting" tips that gave me the courage and confidence to double my rates in a single week
And more...
YOU CAN DO THIS.
I BELIEVE IN YOU!
Enter your email below and get your Free 30 Days to $1K Blueprint today and let's get started!
ATT WRITERS:
STEAL MY SIX-FIGURE CONFIDENCE SECRETS
TO WORRYING LESS AND EARNING MORE
Whether you feel physically afraid, or you procrastinate and you struggle with earning more money for your writing, FEAR is most likely the culprit.
FEAR was my biggest roadblock early on and it crippled me from succeeding. I've been there and I know how to overcome it. Let me help you!
100% Privacy. I hate spam too!
In my Freelance Writing Fear Smashers report, I’m going to show you how I became a well-paid, client-loving freelance writer with rock-solid confidence even though I was riddled with fear and low self-esteem.
Inside this FREE report, you're about to discover:
How to dive deep into well-paid assignments with dream clients, even if you’re not feeling confident or “good enough”
5 myths that keep most freelance writers broke, bitter and burned out
My 7-day "fear-busting" plan that gave me the courage and confidence to double my rates (and annual income) in just one week
And more...
YOU CAN DO THIS.
FOLLOW MY LEAD!
Enter your email below and get your FREE Freelance Writing Fear Smashers report and let's get you making money!
GRAB YOUR FREE REPORT:
THE ULTIMATE CRAIGSLIST
CLIENT-GETTING SWIPE FILE
ENTER YOUR
EMAIL ADDRESS
BELOW FOR
INSTANT
ACCESS
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS SECURE
GRAB YOUR FREE REPORT:
THE ULTIMATE FACEBOOK
CLIENT-GETTING SWIPE FILE
ENTER YOUR
EMAIL ADDRESS
BELOW FOR
INSTANT
ACCESS
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS SECURE
GRAB YOUR FREE REPORT:
THE ULTIMATE TWITTER
CLIENT-GETTING SWIPE FILE
ENTER YOUR
EMAIL ADDRESS
BELOW FOR
INSTANT
ACCESS
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS SECURE
GRAB YOUR FREE REPORT:
30 DAYS TO
$1K BLUEPRINT
ENTER YOUR
EMAIL ADDRESS
BELOW FOR
INSTANT
ACCESS
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS SECURE
GRAB YOUR FREE REPORT:
FREELANCE WRITING
FEAR SMASHERS
ENTER YOUR
EMAIL ADDRESS
BELOW FOR
INSTANT
ACCESS
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS SECURE
Where should we send your
$1K Blueprint?
FREE 30 Days to
Where should we send your
Fear Smashers
Freelance Writing
FREE Report?
Thank You!
You will receive an email shortly with your Free report. If you do not receive the email, please check your spam. Make sure to whitelist fwr@freelancewritingriches.com and label it as "Not spam" to ensure all of our emails reach your inbox. If you have gmail, you can check your Promotions tab to see if the email is there and then move our emails to your Inbox.
Enjoy!
Maggie
Where should we send your
writing jobs?
on how to land high-paying
FREE Facebook Client-
Getting Swipe File
ATT FREELANCE WRITERS:
GIVE ME 30 DAYS AND I WILL GIVE YOU A FORMULA FOR
EARNING YOUR FIRST $1,000 AS A FREELANCE WRITER
If you haven't yet hit that $1K mark, what is holding you back? Let me help you!
In my FREE Report, I will show you how I broke into this exciting, liberating, well-paid career, without any contacts, experience or confidence and earned my first $1,000.
100% Privacy. I hate spam too!
Inside this FREE report, you're about to discover:
The same technique I used to bank my first $1,000 in less than 30 days, without any formal writing training or experience
21 sites where you can start earning money as a writer, in 72 hours or less
My 7-day "fear-busting" tips that gave me the courage and confidence to double my rates in a single week
And more...
YOU CAN DO THIS.
I BELIEVE IN YOU!
Enter your email below and get your Free 30 Days to $1K Blueprint today andlet's get started!
ATT FREELANCE WRITERS:
STEAL MY SIX-FIGURE CONFIDENCE SECRETS
TO WORRYING LESS AND EARNING MORE
FEAR was my biggest roadblock early on and it crippled me from succeeding.I've been there and I know how to overcome it. Let me help you!
100% Privacy. I hate spam too!
Inside this FREE report, you're about to discover:
5 myths that keep most freelance writers broke, bitter and burned out
How to dive deep into well-paid assignments with dream clients, even if you’re not feeling confident or “good enough”
My 7-day "fear-busting" plan that gave me the courage and confidence to double my rates (and annual income) in just one week
And more...
YOU CAN DO THIS.
FOLLOW MY LEAD!
Enter your email below and get your FREE Freelance Writing Fear Smashers report and let's get you making money!
ATT FREELANCE WRITERS:
LEARN MY SHORTCUTS TO ATTRACTING, FINDING AND
LANDING HIGH-PAYING WRITING CLIENTS & JOBS
The best clients are out there waiting to pay YOU. You just have to know where to find them!
100% Privacy. I hate spam too!
Download this FREE eBook right now and discover:
3 proven emails you can use to land these “dream clients” without cold calling
My 4-part formula for identifying “dream” clients on LinkedIn (watch how I find awesome clients in 1 minute flat!)
3 "secret backdoors” to finding well-paid jobs and awesome clients on Craigslist
And more...
YOU CAN DO THIS.
FOLLOW MY LEAD!
Enter your email below and get your FREE client-winning strategy guide today!
2 done-for-you email reply templates to win more clients with a “knockout” first impression