If you’re serious about freelancing, then it’s extremely important that you be organized.

If a client calls asking for another copy of the invoice you sent them, the last thing you want to do is spend an entire week looking for it.

Okay, that might be a little extreme, but you get my point.

Staying organized can often reduce stress and save you a lot of time.

What I’ve often found is that staying organized isn’t too difficult, but actually getting organized in the first place can be very hard.

It’s important not to overwhelm yourself when getting organized or else you might just quit altogether. Instead, try breaking things down into small, manageable tasks.

1. Do it by section

It’s especially hard to work up enthusiasm for the Sisyphean task of organizing years and years worth of work, despite the fact that you can hear the desk creaking ominously under the weight of old projects.

DON’T DESPAIR.

Instead, assign yourself one little manageable task at a time. It can be useful to segment physical tasks from more abstract, nitty-gritty ones.

For instance, if you need to sort out your tax information, take one day just to gather the receipts in one location. The next day, start categorizing them.

It doesn’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t have to happen tomorrow. Take small, small steps. Don’t try to do too much all at once, or you’ll burn out.”

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