How This Handy Little Cube Transformed My Freelance Business

When I first started freelancing, I managed multiple client accounts and tried to figure out how to divide my time appropriately to get things done. I found myself distracted by the simplest things while working from home – my TV, the laundry machine and the mailman. Just when I started to work on one project I’d try to tackle another, which led to a never-ending cycle of to-do lists.

But my entire routine changed with the help of this handy little cube.

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Time blocking has drastically changed both my work and my personal life. I’ve started to use this gadget in three different ways:

Setting A Deadline for Client Work

Rather than trying to tackle eight different projects at once, I started to block off time to dedicate to one client at a time. The block has a timer with an audible alarm that can be set by turning it on the side with the amount of time you desire (five, 15, 30 or 60 minutes). I typically set it for one hour increments. For some reason, I seem to always work better on a deadline or under pressure.

Time for Distractions

Okay let’s be real – working from home sometimes means catching up on my favorite reality show while taking a break for lunch. It’s all about balance! I use my time block to set an alarm for when it’s time to get back to work. I won’t lie, it’s usually not as exciting to hear that buzzer go off…

Around the House

My time block has become a perfect tool for workouts and cleaning, too. On a day when I can’t make it to the gym, I usually do an at-home circuit. Rather than having to mess with my phone timer (usually leading me to check social media and other distractions), I reach for my block. When cleaning day rolls around I use my time block to set off time for tidying the condo and for work.

To be perfectly honest, I felt silly when I placed my Amazon order. It kind of looks like a toy for a four-year-old, doesn’t it? But it’s easily been one of the best buys I’ve made for my freelance business this year.


BRI ANDERSON IS A PROFESSIONAL DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA FREELANCER BASED IN TAMPA, FLORIDA. WHEN SHE'S NOT WORKING WITH HER CLIENTS, SHE'S COLLABORATING WITH BRANDS ON HER PERSONAL BLOG:  WWW.BRIANAANDERSON.COM. YOU CAN FOLLOW BRI ON INSTAGRAM.