Getting started as a freelancer may seem a bit overwhelming. You are the only person in charge of your time and projects, which means that you need to develop a good schedule and keep yourself in check throughout the week. When I first started my photography business, I had my concerns about whether I’d be able to complete all my projects in the set time frame. This is why I created the Alex Aaronson agenda- my own personal diary where I scheduled out my day by hours, allocating enough time for every single thing I wanted to accomplish. Learning how to organise my day efficiently was a game-changer- it helped me make the most out of my day, without having the work from the moment I wake up until late in the evenings. Time management is the first and most important habit you need to adopt- it will help you achieve a great work-life balance and be much more productive in a shorter amount of time.
If you are working from home, you may find that there are way too many distractions that stop you from being productive. Whether it’s social media, phone calls or the television, it is easy to get sidetracked and find excuses not to go forward with your tasks. When I go to work in the Alex Aaronson studio, I make sure to set up my workspace and minimise all the distractions. I like to keep my phone on airplane mode, I log out of my social media accounts and only keep some music in the background that helps me focus. This really helps me stay motivated and focus my brain on the task at hand. It may be difficult keeping away from your phone for several hours on end, but it helps with concentration!
Sometimes, I get excited and say “yes” to a lot of projects outside of my main Alex Aaronson business. While I love collaborating with other individuals and expanding my portfolio, sometimes you must learn how to prioritise and decline certain offers. Just because you have a flexible working schedule does not mean you have to work on five different things at the same time. It took me a while to realise that but focusing on one or two projects at a time helped me build up the quality of the Alex Aaronson projects.