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Staying on top of tasks is not that difficult if you are committed to your work. You need to prioritize your work accordingly and plan everything well before.

Millions of people worldwide have begun embracing freelancing and the opportunities and freedom it brings. A freelancer is a person who doesn't work for the company directly and doesn't attend the office. Many might see them as free birds, working anywhere they like and for as long as they like. 

Working from home may seem like a dream, but if you don't keep track of time and use task management, the day will slip out, and you won't even realize it. In freelancing, you need to put in a lot of effort to satiate all your needs. After all, freelancers are their own bosses, meaning that they can slack off or get distracted. 

One of the essential aspects of freelancing from home or anywhere globally is time management. It can damage your freelance business if you don't figure it out early. Additionally, performing your tasks while traveling can be difficult. And, in some cases, people might not have the correct setup to do them safely. 

Benefits you can reap being a freelancer
There are a few benefits that you can enjoy if you work as a freelancer.

  • Work Flexibility. Working in an office is an entirely different experience that you can gain during your career. But many people hesitate to go to the office. For such people, freelancing or remote work is the best option. Also, choosing to freelance has the most significant advantage of selecting a place where you feel most comfortable. Also, other than just place, you can customize your working schedule accordingly as you don't have to follow the 9 to 5 rule.
  • Gain Experience. As a freelance traveler, you will cross paths with many people, various other freelancers who will help you learn from their experiences. Some will have years of experience, and others may be at the same stage as you, but one thing will be permanent, gaining something new from all of them. Every person has something that we can learn and implement to increase revenue.
  • Work-life balance. Work-life balance is something that every person wants. However, it is easier said than done. There's no need to work on weekends or holidays as there's no such schedule to follow. Also, you can either take a day off whenever you want to without a permission from your boss, which adds up to the list of advantages.

Some tips that you can follow while traveling
You can follow these simple tips to increase your work efficiency during your traveling period.

Track your time while traveling
Freelancing is not an easy task by any means, and when it comes to freelancing, you can't just do anything without making sure that time management is in check. Without the proper use of time, you will find yourself in complete chaos because everyone needs a deadline and if there's no such thing, then work piles up, which doesn't look suitable for anyone.

Write things down
Writing things down is essential for both employees and freelancers to remember tasks assigned to them. Remembering all the tasks at hand will only set you back in your career and lead to failure to get things done on time. So, be sure that you write down every task that comes across your mind during travel to know which task is on priority and which is not.

Try time blocking
Time blocking is a unique method where you schedule your day accordingly to maximize the amount of work you can do among all tasks and minimize wastage of time. You can block out some hours to complete one task and then continue to the next thing that comes into your mind, followed by the same process until everything gets done.

Secure each communication 
Your clients will expect you to be discreet about the tasks they give. Additionally, they will appreciate that you always conduct their tasks in a secure environment. For instance, you should be wary of the dangers of free public Wi-Fi, which might be extremely tempting for freelancers. While traveling, you will likely work at a hotel or a coffee shop. Thus, it is important to protect your connection so that no one can snoop on your work. 

A Virtual Private Network is an excellent app for ensuring that your data travels safely on any network. Connect to a remote server and reroute your traffic through a secure tunnel. Then, no one, not even the ISP or network managers, can see what you do. 

Additionally, you can get a VPN to unblock services if the country or network restricts your access rights. As a result, you can always find information or resources for conducting your tasks. For instance, if you travel to Italy from Germany, you can connect to servers in Germany to retain access to certain local services. 

Use these tools to increase productivity while traveling
There are certain platforms that are specially designed for people to follow their work timelines.

Here are some popular ones that you can use to optimize your work performance while freelancing during travel.

  1. Asana. It is a task management app, an effortless application that you can use to track how many tasks are scheduled for today or tomorrow. Also, if you have your team, this application can help you organize all your tasks according to deadlines. Especially during travel, you may not have enough time to assign tasks to your team; doing it in advance using this app can help you a lot.
  2. Trello. It is another useful platform where you can plan your day, assign various tasks among all categories of work according to priority and time it takes to complete them. It will make sure that things don't pile up over time, leading to more productivity daily, which is very important while traveling as a freelancer.
  3. Google Drive. It is a cloud-based storage platform where you can upload all your data, i.e., emails, presentations, videos, etc., in one place. It can help you follow your work seamlessly without requiring you to carry your laptop everywhere you go.
  4. Google Calendar. It is a great platform to keep track of every activity related to work. You can add personal and work events to your calendar according to priority. You can schedule your meetings on google calendar, and it will notify you just in time so that you don't miss it.

Conclusion
Staying on top of tasks is not that difficult if you are committed to your work. You need to prioritize your work accordingly and plan everything well before. Other than that, enjoy your freedom to travel anywhere, and make the best out of your trip while staying on top of your tasks. 

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