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Freelancers might have a hard time starting up – with all those finances and dates to keep on top of, you can’t be expected to remember every small thing. Going freelance can take its toll in the first couple of months – even if it is worth it in the end. One of the ways to reduce the stress and feel like you’re on top of your new venture is to master the to-do list…

Digital Revolution

The google calendar and iPhone notes are all well and good for keeping you on time to meetings and remembering your nephew’s birthday, but do they really hold a torch to pen and paper? There’s not much you can forget when your luminous yellow post-its glare at you from the corner of your computer screen, so why are we trying to replace them?

The digital revolution might be upon us, but there are some things we can’t bring ourselves to change, and with good reason!

At the end of a long working week, when your eyes are getting tired of staring at the computer screen, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to whip out your phone to check what you’ve got in store for next week. To-do lists luckily don’t tire your eyes in the same way as a bright screen, so having a glance at what’s to come in the following week won’t fill you with dread (hopefully).

One list and one list only!

On the internet we’re always being told that one app is better than the rest for keeping all your things in one place. The reality is we end up with a tonne of different apps for separate uses, one for the calendar, one for great ideas and another reminding you to pick up your Nan from the station.

You might have a separate notebook and diary for the heavy duty stuff, but for the really important dates and notes that you need fresh in your mind, a to-do list is perfect.

You can even plaster them all over your home – with one on the fridge to remind you to buy milk!


Believe it or not, your stress saviour may come in the shape of a simple to-do list. By keeping on top of your tasks and being realistic about your goals (bitesize always works better) then you’re likely to feel more in control of your business.

So toss out your phone, bin your computer and Frisbee your tablet! The key to becoming the most organised freelancer is a simple pen and paper. (Disclaimer: no electrical goods were harmed in the making of this post).

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Karl Bilby

We work very closely with our expert accountants to bring you the latest factually correct tax and accounting news. We also enjoy writing about small business news that we hope you find useful!

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