If you experience anxiety from too much time pressure at work remember, you are not alone. In a ComPsychs survey in the first half of 2006, it showed that 40% of the main causes of stress comes from workload while leaving 28% of stress due to personal issues and in 2019, according to Wrike’s United States stress statistics 94% of American workers report experiencing stress in their workplace. Although it is important to understand that not all work related stress can be gained from time pressure, it is one of the main factors, and it can be controlled and reduced. As the numbers of freelancers and Gig Economy workers around the world continues to rise, it is understandable that time pressure is one of the challenges that needs to be overcome. A lot of projects and businesses come about because a problem needs to be identified and fixed. 

Freelancers often have a lot of different projects at the same time, they are often pulled from one to the other, and without excellent control of time, they will fall behind with one project, putting all the other work in jeopardy and risking a loss of earnings. 

The problem is Time management, and time accountability.  How is it fixed? 

Stress cannot be totally avoided, but it is an emotion that has triggers, and those triggers can be identified and minimised. If we can identify those stress triggers, then we are making giant leaps towards controlling that stress and minimising the pressure we put on ourselves. 

Here are some of the tools to track your time and manage work-life balance:

  1. Toggl

A simple time tracker with powerful reports that allows you to track your daily activities across different platforms; providing you with detailed insights and an opportunity to optimize your workflow by identifying areas where you can improve. It works across all your devices.

  1. Everhour

Everhour is a team-oriented time tracking software where you can get the amount of time a team member spends on any task or project. In addition to that, Everhour is a free online time tracking application with scheduling, expense tracking, and project budgeting. 

  1. Hourstack

A calendar based time tracking and scheduling platform that visually tracks time and resources across applications and takes your existing task list and lets you plan out your tasks into your weekly schedule.

  1. RescueTime

RescueTime automatically tracks the time you spend on apps, websites, and even specific documents without timers or any manual entry.

The most productive people in the world all have one thing in common: smart time management. As a freelancer the aforementioned platforms can be a perfect tool to kick-off your career. Effectively managing your time gives you more power to boost your gig career and accept projects to increase your income. 

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