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Being your own boss means setting your own schedule. Sounds easy, right? Instead, it’s one of the toughest parts of freelancing.

In this short book, international bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch shows you how to create a schedule, meet deadlines, take time for vacation, and cope with illness.

The perfect guide for freelancers who can’t find enough time in the day.

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Copyright © 2012 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

First published in 2009 and 2010 in slightly different versions on kristinekathrynrusch.com.

Published by WMG Publishing

Layout and design © copyright 2012 WMG Publishing

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List of all the

Freelancer’s Survival Guide

Short Books

When to Quit Your Day Job

Getting Started

Turning Setbacks into Opportunity

Goals and Dreams

How to Negotiate Anything

The Secrets of Success

How to Make Money

Networking in Person and Online

Time Management

Table of Contents



Schedules And How To Keep Them





About the Author

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The hardest thing for first-time freelancers to do is manage their time. It sounds easy, right? You figure out what you need to get done, and then you do it. You have all day. After all, you don’t have to drive to a day job.

But it’s not easy. The first six months of freelancing are often the least productive of your entire career. In those six months, you reinvent the wheel when it comes to time management. You figure out what gets in the way of your work (and it’s usually you), then you solve that problem, and then you move on to the next.

There are other issues, as well. When are you too sick to work? When do you take a vacation? Should you take a vacation? Isn’t your work a vacation…from a day job?

Then there are deadlines, schedules, and family members to organize yourself around. If you’re not good at saying no, you’ll have trouble with time management.

This short book has a lot of tips to help you schedule your time and yourself. It covers everything from discipline to deadlines, vacations to scheduling each moment of your day.

Time Management is part of a series of short books excerpted from my longer work, The Freelancer’s Survival Guide. I wrote the Guide on my blog, kristinekathrynrusch.com. Each segment of this book came from a blog post, some of which I’ve altered and some I’ve left as is. If you want to see what else is in the Guide, or look at the original versions of the posts (along with the comments), go to my website and click on the Freelancer’s Survival Guide tab. There you will find the table of contents.

Or you can buy the entire Guide in paper or electronic form. But I know that some of you need help in only a few areas, so the entire Guide might be full of too much information. That’s why I’ve broken certain sections, like this one, into a short book. There are several other short books, including books on How To Make Money and When To Quit Your Day Job. You’ll find a complete list at the beginning and end of this book or on my website under the electronic books/nonfiction tab.

The time you spend reading this short book should help you save time in the future. Thanks for buying the book—and good luck with your freelance career.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Lincoln City, Oregon

August 27, 2010


Time. That’s what any business boils down to.  Time.  I learned this quite young.  I got paid by the hour (by the minute, really) at my very first long-term job as a waitress.  That time clock, with its time stamp, tracked every single moment I was on the job.  If I clocked in at 6:05 a.m. and clocked out at 1:55 p.m., I did not work eight hours.  I worked seven hours and fifty minutes, and that’s what I got paid for.

I really learned the meaning of time when I worked in radio.  Everything in broadcast news is measured in seconds.  Years later, after I became a science fiction writer, a television interviewer pulled me aside and said in surprise, You’re the first writer I’ve met who speaks in thirty-second sound bites.

Gosh, guess where I learned that.

I also learned to watch the clock.  If the news had to be on at seven, you couldn’t be five minutes late.  It was seven or there would be the catastrophe of catastrophes—dead air.

Time isn’t just about deadlines.  Time is about efficiency.  You see, we’re only allowed so many hours on this Earth.  In fact, Clint Black has a great song about this phenomenon called No Time To Kill, which I’d quote to you if there weren’t copyright issues preventing it.  No matter what we do, we don’t get additional hours.  Our days are 24 hours long, no matter what.  The week lasts for seven days, no matter how hard we try to change that.

We can shortchange other parts of our lives to get more time.  We can sleep less, spend less time with friends, or give up things we love, but those are only short-term solutions.  If you do that for too long, you’ll blow.  You’ll either get sick or have some kind of breakdown or (my explosion of choice) quit whatever it is that has taken all your time in a loud and dramatic fashion. 

The best way to gain more time is to use what time you have more efficiently.  There are a wide variety of ways to do that.

Here are some of the most common:

1. Work harder. 

Years ago, a friend of mine who manages an entire division in a corporation told me that corporations factor in worker downtime.  In other words (and I’m making up the statistics here, being too lazy to look them up), corporations figure that for every hour an employee is at the job, he works only forty minutes.  The rest of the time is spent on the phone or in the bathroom or gossiping with coworkers.  So in an eight-hour day, a corporate