With freelancing it is easy to get distracted and do other things, especially if you are freelancing from home. I find I do this, especially since I am a mom of 3 young children. I find I want to pick up the messes, keep the house up and work on the laundry and dishes. But I still have to make sure to carve out time to work. Then you add things like Doctor appointment and anything else that is on the schedule that I have to work around.
When I can get the children to nap, I can find time to really work on the many freelancing project I may have going on. I also keep my To-Do list updated with due dates and check it often to make sure I am on track. I also try to get work done before the kids get up in the morning and after they go to bed in the evening. But I also have to work with the kids to know that there are times that mommy has to work and they need to play with each other and not bother mommy.
Also, when my husband is home, I will have him hang out with the children. This makes for great daddy and kid moments while allowing me a chance to work.
I have to work at it to make sure that I get the time I need to complete the work I have on my plate. I have a To-Do list that I keep in my email account. This allows me to keep notes and due dates in front of me to review. I also use it to help me break down the workload so I get it done in a timely manner and not all at the last-minute.
I also make sure the client and I know what the expected deadline is with each assignment. If something comes up I make sure to stay in contact with them and let them know about unexpected things that come up.
It may take some work to get everything done, but freelancing fits our family. It allows me to still be home with our children, take care of them when they are sick, and do what has to be done around the house and help my husband as needed. I have also learned to ask my husband to help so that I can done what I need to, especially when it is coming down to deadlines. He understands why I am doing this and is happy to help out when he can.
It is important to find the tricks and things that will help you get things done. There are some who go ahead and put their children in child care, and that is fine if that is what you feel you need to do. Make sure that whatever you have to do to keep up with Time Management it works for you.