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How do you manage your time while freelancing and travelling?


by @ray | 5yr  | 8 comments

Hi everyone,

Iโ€™m currently new to freelancing and Iโ€™m working on two projects at the moment. However, Iโ€™m not travelling yet as Iโ€™m still saving and building up a portfolio but at the moment I canโ€™t see how I could do this while travelling as it seems to take up all my time.

I know this is down to bad time management, but at the moment Iโ€™m spending about 12 hours a day working on clients websites. How do you current freelance web developers manage your freelancing work and have time to enjoy yourself while travelling?

Is there any tools or techniques that I can use to manage my time better?

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@ani_goes_tweet | 5yr

I used to spend way too much time working, and I also messed around a lot during my work day. Although my work is dependent on an internet connection, Iโ€™ve found that going off line and doing as much as i can without a connection helps me to keep focused. Then I go back online and do what I need to do with the connection. Over time, Iโ€™ve begun to make a point of taking one full day, and now two fulls days off each week. I make sure that these days coincide with good weather.

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@anon82020850 | 5yr

Oh, one more thing. I couple of months ago I started following a system similar to what John Sonmez describes in this video:

It has helped me a lot to get more done and procrastinate less. Have a look at it - maybe it can help you as well.

I actually work shorter hours now, but get much more done in any given week.

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@ray | 5yr

Just watched the video, Iโ€™m going to give it a go, as it looks like it would help a lot and use RescueTime to see where my hours are going.

Thanks to everyone who replied much appreciated!

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@kathrynoh | 5yr

I donโ€™t work in web development so canโ€™t help with number of projects etc.

Something like rescue time is good. I use a simple grid in Excel with days on one side and hours then fill that in. It helps identify how Iโ€™m using my time and how much is swallowed up with admin work or procrastination.

I think it might be helpful for you to identify what the actual problem is - eg. time management, taking on too much at once, scope creep on the projects or something else. Once you do that, you can work on steps to manage it.

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@ray | 5yr

No, this is my first time ever freelancing and is what I decided I would do while travelling, but I canโ€™t see how I could do this and travel when itโ€™s taking so much of my time.

How many projects is normal to take on at once and how many hours a day would you typically spend working on them each day when travelling?

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@anon82020850 | 5yr

I donโ€™t think the amount of projects matter, it is more about the amount of hours. If you work full days (around 8 hours per day), that is completely manageable as it leaves you weekends to explore the area or travel to the next place.

This is of course assuming you tend to hand around longer in a place (~3 months) in order to have ample time to explore.

If you do take on multiple projects, I would recommend assigning different days to specific projects, allowing you to focus completely on one project at a time and not having to context switch multiple times per day.

Also I see a lot of people putting in long hours in coworking spaces spend half their day on Facebook, YouTube, Reddit etc. Get rid of that stuff and focus on getting your work done.

This is why I recommend using a product such as Rescue Time to make you aware of how you spend your time. Once you are aware of it you can make educated decisions on how to manage it better.

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@kathrynoh | 5yr

Are those hours normal or are you taking on extra work to get money together to travel? Also, is that a constant thing or is it more like work hard for a few weeks/months then have a break between projects?

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@anon82020850 | 5yr

Wow man, I cannot see how you can maintain any sort of productivity by working that many hours. Can you perhaps explain why you are working those sort of hours?

Surely the quality of the work must sufferโ€ฆ?

I honestly would not want the burden of travelling - even if it is once every 3 to 6 months - while working that many hours. And even then, by putting that amount of hours how can you get time to discover the places you visit?

Others may give you a different take on how to handle this, but may suggestion would be to seriously cut down on the amount of hours. Take serious stock of what you are actually doing in those hours. Use a tool like Rescue Time (https://www.rescuetime.com/) for a few weeks to analyse where your time goes.

If you are putting in those hours to earn money, see whether you can get off of an hourly rate and work on a daily / weekly rate. Or better yet, on a results based rate, ie for the work you deliver.

I have been in IT for 20+ year, so I know all about those hours. It is not sustainable (with the extremely rare exceptions) and not worth it. You need to make a change before you burn out.

Thatโ€™s my 2 centsโ€ฆ

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Hey, hope everyone is well!

We're leaving in a month to go travelling. Our first destination is still to be confirmed, but will likely be Poland or Slovakia. We will be moving around every month or two to different destinations.

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by @visualista | 3yr 2 years ago | 2 comments

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I NEED: 1. to be able to get payed by international customers in Dollars and Euros mostly 2. A way to get to that money with a debit/credit card for online payments and ATMโ€™s in whatever local currency needed (thinking of heading to Bali next)

I AM: newly nomadic designer working with platforms like 99designs and upwork as well as some direct clients. I have swiss citizenship, but am no longer resident there, or anywhere else.

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