Robert Bowen of Dead Wings Designs challenges freelancers to get out of their right brain in order to focus on non-creative, but essential, business tasks.
In his Smashing Magazine article, “Creatively Handling the Admin Side of Freelancing,” Bowen outlines five key areas of concern: Scheduling, Accounting, Correspondence, Client Relations, and Backups and Updates.
Here’s some of his advice on Scheduling:
Ironically, this often-avoided admin element by creatives can actually help stimulate our creative workflow. Scheduling different left-brained administrative tasks to be handled throughout the day offers your creative mind a change of gears. It essentially unplugs you from the mindset you’re in when you create and gives your often overworked right brain a bit of a break. So when you return to the right side of things, you do so refreshed and recharged. Scheduling your day, therefore, can benefit both sides of your freelance business.