currently working on multiple contracts has prompted me to reevaluate how i work. by that not the time spent doing technical work (thats important) but the way to manage time, define high level tasks & accompanying sub tasks that must be done to achieve completion.
time is the currency of a contractor. more of it = either more money and/or improved quality of life.
just a few of my current practices & ideas.
-dont check email first thing in morning. use that time for the biggest/most avoidable task. remember checking email puts you at someone elses needs.
-setup a spreadsheet to manage each contract. i have several for both work & other that have a few simple headings: time critical, todays priority,followup, nice to do & review.
- no distractions. only use 1 browser tab & turn phone upside down. i attempt to work in burst of 60 min & then a 5 min reward break. put away the social media & only check email a few times a day.
- use dropbox across all platforms. this way you will always have the critical files & pdfs etc to review when extra time permits. its easy & easy again.
- ask why are you doing this. ask repeatedly to ensure you make the best use of your time.
- plan & think about what you are working on. turn the monitor off for a bit & whiteboard etc what the core goal is & what actually needs to be done. this saves so much time.
- automate where you can.
these are a few of my recent work implementations & i will post others & resources ive used in the near future.
remember, its all about you figuring out what works for you & a system/practice you will follow for the long term.