Why you should schedule time for the projects you love

It all used to be so easy. You were working on projects you were passionate about, your freelance business was growing in the right direction, and your creativity was at an all-time high. But then success happened, leaving you with virtually no time to work on the things you really love.

Sound familiar? Fear not, we’re here to help. Here are a few simple hacks to put the projects you love back in the limelight.


But why is it so important to make time for your favorite projects?

Building a business was never going to be all sunshine and rainbows, but that doesn’t mean it should be a chore. In fact, it’s really important that it isn’t. Studies show that performing routine tasks (invoicing, we’re looking at you) might actually hold you back creatively. It’s also worth mentioning the research was carried out by LEGO, and as we all know, LEGO never lies.


So now onto the important stuff: how to shift your schedule to make room for that all-important creativity.



Fix your schedule

Fix your schedule


In business, it’s tempting to focus on the most pressing jobs and demands (i.e., the ones cluttering up your inbox). But in reality, making time for creative projects is just as important as those menial jobs, both for your bottom line and your sanity.


So in the same way you schedule in time for work-related jobs, make time for creative projects. If you’re struggling to find a gap, try tracking your day. You may be surprised at how much time you waste on niggly tasks that could all be completed in one go.


Take email as an example. Instead of replying every time your cell phone pings, how about allocating a block of time to do it all at once. With these small distractions out the way, you’ll have freed up a whole chunk of time to dedicate to your passion projects. Simple, eh?



In fact, computerize it

Diaries are all well and good, but when was the last time yours reminded you to work out, call your parents, or dedicate time to creativity?


Instead, try embracing digital time management tools. With so many dynamic options at your fingertips, there’s no excuse not to create a schedule that you can stick to. Whether it’s an online calendar or a digital asset management system, a well-designed digital tool can not only save you time but help you organize it efficiently too.



Trust in other people

Trust in other people


Hiring staff shouldn’t add to your workload; it should ease it. So if you have a team of talented individuals at your fingertips, don’t be afraid to delegate work to them. Think of it like this: if your team aren’t capable enough to take on your most tedious tasks, you probably hired the wrong people.


Besides, it’s not just a case of getting an extra pair of hands, but an extra brain too. After all, why should you spend an hour banging your head against a brick wall when someone else has the skillset to do it in 15 minutes? Or if your team’s all tied up too, there’s always crowdsourcing. With a whole new world of resources at your fingertips, you can outsource the projects you don’t want to do, freeing up time for the ones you love.



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