How to Manage Your Time When You’re Your Own Boss

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PUBLISHED BY Alwin Wong / August 10, 2020

Healthy Time Management Tips for Independent Workers

You have become your own boss and can now use your time the way you want to. What now? Remember that life is so much more than how much you make and what you achieve while working. With endless unexplored opportunities, untouched activities, and all the experiences yet to be had, here are 5 ways to make the most of your time when you’re your own boss

1. Plan time for your hobbies

This is a great way to reset and prevent burnout. Remind yourself that you have a life other than work, and remember to continue to live that part to the fullest. Whether that is gathering with your friends, curling up with a good book, or participating in an event, you must allow yourself to recharge. Chances are you will return to work feeling better and more productive after achieving a happier state of mind. This complements the control you have over your own schedule because it more often allows you to be the sole decision-maker for whether and when to include time for your hobbies.

2. Work towards a travel goal

If it gets discouraging to constantly work towards small breaks and days off, consider
saving up and planning a vacation to an exciting destination. Travelling exposes you to new
cultures, landscapes, and new ways of life. It broadens a person’s mind by showing them just how different places of the world are, all while meeting and learning from people of different backgrounds. You could even work in that destination if your type of work permits it. This can be an incredible break for people who need a change of pace every few years. You may even meet some people during your gigs who have been to the same location and start an engaging conversation about it. Furthermore, while working towards the trip, you will more often have a boost of motivation to push you to keep going, making that dream vacation a reality.

3. Challenge yourself to a new experience every week

Open your mind and push yourself to experience things you have never before. Many people are struggling to find what they are passionate about or what they truly enjoy doing. By testing out new things you can work towards finding new hobbies, meeting like-minded people, and achieving an overall better understanding of yourself. On top of that, in our increasingly competitive society, it is extremely beneficial to keep challenging yourself to adapt to an ever-changing marketplace. Learn that new skill, enroll in that never before taken course, try that restaurant you have never been to. Not every experience will be as amazing as others, but at least you will never be left wondering what it could have been like.

4. Document experiences and build your personal brand

Push yourself one step further by documenting your learning journey. Every person has stories to share and you never know who you can help by sharing your learning experiences and setbacks. Doing so can help you build your personal brand and leave a social trail of all the challenges you have surpassed. This can not only help other people who have a similar background to you, but can even lead to potential employers contacting you for more opportunities.

5. Re-evaluate your state of mind and make adjustments

It is important to remember that to reach any healthy lifestyle you need to realize, reflect, and make adjustments wherever you can. Ask yourself from time to time how you feel. Whether it is how you are feeling for the day today, or your overall mood throughout the past few months, being aware of your state of mind can be key to helping you achieve an optimal lifestyle. After you are aware of what you feel, meditate on it. Why is it or what is it that is preventing you from reaching your peak? Is it a temporary
situation that will pass by soon, or is there a bigger reason that will require effort to change? After you have realized and reflected, it comes down to making those adjustments. Maybe you need to wake up earlier to be more productive, maybe you need to drink less coffee. Small adjustments over time can make a positive impact on all aspects of your life. It is never too early or too late to take steps to achieve your optimal lifestyle. Don’t wait to achieve yours. As a gig worker, you are your own boss. With that freedom comes the opportunity to take matters aside from work into your own hands as well. Realize, reflect, and make adjustments to live your most fulfilled life.

Inspired? Keep visiting the Moves education page to learn more about thriving in a gig economy.

Alwin Wong

Alwin is the Growth Manager at Moves and a part-time freelance photographer. With the rise of the gig economy, he is excited by a world where people can have greater flexibility over their work and challenge the norms of having a traditional 9-to-5 job. Alwin is also an avid travel enthusiast and Toronto Raptors basketball fan.

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