How to plan your day effectively as a freelancer

As freelancers having and executing the right plan can define our success, so how do you plan your days?

Juan Cruz Martinez
10 min readNov 28, 2022


Many freelancers feel busy, overwhelmed, and stuck in a cycle of constantly doing, doing, doing.

When you’re working for yourself, working 9 to 5 goes out the window sometimes, and there is always more to do!
There are a thousand ways to optimize your productivity. Experts and gurus have built systems and created apps to help you become more productive.

Different systems, hacks, books, and apps work well for different people. Your unique situation and skillset will determine which of these works best for you.

So, although I can recommend various systems, you’ll have to try different ones until you find the perfect one for you.

Today, instead of suggesting a system, I want to share universal principles of effective work with you so that you can plan your day effectively as a freelancer.

Effective ≠ productive

People get these ideas confused. Often they look and feel similar. After all, if you are doing a lot of things, aren’t you being effective?

Not necessarily.

Effective work is productive work in that you need to get things done. But, it is more than just productive work.

Productivity is simply a way of tracking how much you do and how quickly you do it.

Effective work is whether you are doing the right thing at any given moment.

Productivity is important.

But, if it isn’t the right work, all you are doing is moving quickly in the wrong direction.

Your goal as a freelancer isn’t just to work quickly (though this is a byproduct of effective work), but it is to find (and do) the right thing at the right time to deliver the results your clients need when they need them.

So, with that spirit in mind, let’s talk about how to plan your day effectively.



Juan Cruz Martinez

I help people learn tech skills so they can level up their life. Founder of, content creator, and Oktanaut!