Whether you’re working freelance, hourly, or on salary, time management is an important part of your workday. It can be easy to get distracted or overwhelmed by your many daily responsibilities.

Here are a few tips to help you manage your time as effectively as possible, so, from the moment you clock in on the time clock application to the end of the day, you’re getting the most out of your time.

At the beginning of the day, try to take stock of your tasks and prioritize. Take care of the important and time-sensitive projects first and worry about the rest later, rather than spreading your resources too thin to see anything through completion.

While you’re focusing on a specific task, it may be helpful to hide your email and ignore your phone until you’re done. Most business-related correspondence can wait and the distraction of wandering away from one project before it has been completed can cost more time than it’s worth.

In the same vein, try to stay away from social media while working if possible. It’s a time-waster by design, and you’ll spend more time than necessary on your work if you’re constantly flipping away from it. On the other hand, don’t forget to allow yourself some time to step away from work and for other unexpected interruptions.

After completing a certain goal, it can be helpful to take a break before diving into another one. Sometimes you’re most efficient when you can have a moment away from the task at hand.

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