Ever plan to work on a project at a certain time, but then a client urgently needs to speak with you, pushing that project to the wayside?
For some creatives, it seems the more they plan, the more their plans go awry. How to deal? Here is a question that Stacey King Gordon, Freelance Copywriter and Web Content Strategist at Night Writer Communications, posted on the Creative Freelancer Conference LinkedIn Group:
Meeting days: is this something that you do?
As I get busier with project work, I’m looking for ways to become more efficient. One of my biggest problems is that I schedule hours to work on projects, but then get waylaid by (phone) meetings. I have clients who like to have meetings for any old thing, and often my calendar fills up with them leaving me little time to do actual work. It’s like I’m working in corporate all over again.
I’m considering setting aside two days a week for meeting days and telling my clients I’m only available those two days. Maybe I’ll set aside an hour or so each of the other days just in case there’s a true emergency that can’t wait, but I feel like this would be more predictable and help me focus on project work without interruption on my non-meeting days.
Have you done something like this? How did your clients react? How did it affect your productivity levels?
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