The Freelancer’s Guide: Rethinking Multitasking, To-Do Lists, and Long-Term Goals

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Sarah Duran, a successful freelance project manager, challenges the conventional wisdom of multitasking, to-do lists, and inflexible long-term goals. Discover why these practices might be holding you back and what you can do to propel your freelance business forward.

I’m Sarah Duran, a six-figure freelancer, solopreneur coach, and a freelance project manager. Over the years, I’ve discovered that some of the ‘best practices’ we swear by might be the very things holding our businesses back. In this post, I’ll share my insights on multitasking, to-do lists, and long-term goals, and propose some alternatives that could bring about a significant positive change in your freelance journey.

The Myth of Multitasking

Contrary to popular belief, multitasking can actually reduce efficiency and accuracy in our work. When we multitask, our brain is constantly shifting focus between tasks, which can lead to mistakes and slow us down. Instead of trying to do everything at once, I suggest focusing on one task at a time. This allows for more accurate and efficient work.

The Problem with To-Do Lists

To-do lists can be overwhelming. They lump all our tasks together, regardless of their urgency or importance. This can lead to choice overload, where we spend more time deciding what to do next than actually doing it. Instead of a traditional to-do list, consider using a matrix to prioritize your tasks. This can help you focus on what’s truly important and urgent.

The Flexibility of Long-Term Goals

Long-term goals are essential for defining success, but they should not be set in stone. As our circumstances change, our goals should adapt. Instead of sticking to a rigid long-term goal, allow yourself the flexibility to adjust your goals as needed. This can keep you motivated and help you stay on track even when things don’t go as planned.

In conclusion, it’s time to rethink our approach to multitasking, to-do lists, and long-term goals. By focusing on one task at a time, prioritizing our tasks, and keeping our long-term goals flexible, we can propel our freelance businesses forward.

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