As you know, I quit my job at the independent filmmakers coop to become a full time independent producer a few weeks ago. Being my own boss has been amazing so far, all of my projects are going fabulously and I feel all is well in the (read my) world!
This new direction in my career is a learning process and I put together a plan to be the most productive freelancer I can be. I wanted to share because some of the tips I'll be trying could be useful to you in your professional life. So here we go!
Virginie's Plan To Being The Most Productive Freelancer Possible:
- Set daily achievable goals to make yourself feel good and gratified. You often work alone so you have to be your own positive reinforcement system from now on! By achieving goals daily you will keep your work self esteem in check. If it helps, have a reward at the end of a task (I like chocolate).
- Make time for learning/educating yourself. To grow as a person and in your career there are always more thing to know! Weather you chose to take a night class or an e-course, you should really seize this opportunity of being master of your own schedule to make time to better yourself. This definitely gives you an edge and will certainly help your career move forward. I am setting an hour and a half each day in my schedule to read books about movie producing, legal aspects and small business owning.
- Get dressed! Freelancing should not equal wearing sweats all day.This will help with feeling good and gratified and it just gives out the right energy (hello karma!). It is also a very positive way to separate your work life from your personal life (which are both happening in the same space for me) and it will encourage you to get out of the house and attend networking events or having lunch with potential partners.
- Get out of the house. Maybe like me your office is in your home. That sure is great when a snow storm hits! However I believe it is super healthy to get out of the home office a few times a week. Being in a new environment and energy can be so inspiring! That coffee place you like so much might have a second floor you never went up to with full on sun exposure and a beautiful city view. Explore your neighborhood and find different spots that speak to you.
- Get yourself inspired! Do things that didn't fit in your schedule before, like going to the museum on a week day. Make sure your creative side is nurtured and happy, it will pay off! I am hoping to take about two hours a week doing something purely for inspiration.
- Plan your next week on the Friday so that is your are feeling inspired to work on the week-end (which you can totally do now that you decide your time schedule... I do it all the time) and you'll feel more productive when Monday comes.
- Keep tings separate. Chances are is you are a freelancer you are working on more than one project at the time. Make a mental and physical spaces and energies for each different project.
Ok, so I'll be keeping to this plan for a few weeks and then seeing how it works for me, making adjustment and keeping tabs. This plan has gotten me inspired!
Now the only question is: what's going to happen in the next scene of the Remix Story? Stay tuned to find out!