Self-employment requires perfect control of the time you spend at your business. My current solution is the Pomodoro Technique with tools as focus booster + Nirvana + Toggl.
Being your own boss is just great: no one controls you, you do. But that requires such a disciplined mind that seems reserved for a privileged few.
Since my first days as a Webicultor I’ve tried all kinds of task management tools. But it was a waste of time until I discovered the GTD concept (Get Things Done) and it even got better when I decided to get into Pomodoro Technique.
Strategy: Pomodoro Technique.
- Split your working hours into 25 minutes blocks. Just don’t allow ANY distraction during them.
- Rest 5 minutes after each block.
- Rest 15-30 minutes after 4 blocks in a row.
- Manage any interruption. Do you work at a fireman squad? no? so ANYTHING can wait for the next half hour.
- If you have an idea or recieve an email, just take note to check it later and get back to what you were doing.
- If someone phones you, leave them to your voicemail.
- focus booster: Maybe the best Pomodoro Technique‘s timer
- 25 minutes blocks by defaults.
- 5 minutes breaks that start automatically.
- But you need another tool to control your long break (15-30min). Not a big deal, by the way.
- Nirvana: It’s my repository of all pending tasks. I use it for Pomodoro Technique to identify my to do today tasks and i postpone them when necessary.
- Toggl: Best timer to track the real time you work for each client and project.
- It’s really helpful thanks to its manual timing feature. You’ll be able to assign the actual time spent at a given task even if you just forgot to start the timer, just be truthful and don’t abuse it
For more information:
- Getting Things Done. David Allen‘s book about GTD.
- How I Get Things Done – And How You Can Too. How SEO gurus (SEOmoz) apply GTD .
- Pomodoro Technique. My GTD strategy of choice.
And how do you organize your tasks?