One of the best lessons I’ve learned from being a camgirl is to start by starting. Don’t let distractions and excuses keep you from getting to work. Being self-employed in any industry means that you are responsible for your own schedule. Be your own boss and own your time!
Set a Dollar Amount on Your Time
What is your time worth? If you don’t know the answer to this question, figuring it out should be your priority. Use last month’s earnings to calculate your hourly income. The moment I figured out that I was averaging $227 per hour, I began to limit dealing with flaky clients and time wasters.
Schedule Time To Schedule Time
This can be a quick five-minute schedule check before you start your day. Or you might need to take thirty minutes to arrange your schedule. It depends on how busy you are on a daily basis.
To create a schedule, start by designating time for the things you do every single day. Next, schedule your most important tasks. Then fill in those rollover items from your previous to-do list.
TIP: Never forget to schedule time for yourself so that you don’t burn out.
Make a To-Do List in Whichever Form Works For You
Are you the type to write things on sticky notes? Do you prefer bulleted lists? Do you keep notes electronically? Whichever style you prefer is the correct one. But if you end up easily ignoring your to-do list, it’s time to try a new style.
Don’t let your list get too long and unmanageable. This will make you feel overwhelmed. Instead, start your list with the simple task of creating your to-do list. As soon as you add a second bullet point, you can cross that first one off the list. Crossed off items will help you feel accomplished. This might seem silly, but it helps get the ball rolling.
Give your list a time limit. A daily list should be redone every day. Weekly lists can include multi-day tasks or short-term goals. Don’t feel discouraged when you need to roll tasks over to the next list.
TIP: If you find yourself rolling the same items over to new lists, formally schedule those.
Break Up Big Goals Into Smaller Parts
Long-term or complicated goals should have several steps. Use these as stepping-stones to the next task. This is a great way to track your progress towards big goals. If your goal is to record and upload ten pre-recorded fetish clips, you can break it down as follows:
- Plan each clip
- Gather all necessary materials
- Upload each clip
Each small step will go quickly, and before you know it you’ve made a bunch of progress. Assigning numbers to your progress is also encouraging. You’ll know that you are 50 percent done when five clips are finished.
Social Media Is A Crucial Part of Camming
Track Your Time
Unlike most other jobs, social media is not a distraction for camgirls. It’s actually a crucial part of the business. But unstructured Twitter time can be damaging to your productivity. Start managing your social media by tracking the time you spend on it. You can time yourself and take notes if you want, or use an app. The RescueTime app automatically tracks time spent on websites and apps. The Toggl app is another great tool for tracking time spent on projects.
Schedule time every day to spend on your various social media platforms based on your reports. Knowing exactly where your time is going is important. After a week of monitoring, you should be able to see a pattern.
Automate Your Social Media
You don’t have to be at the computer during peak internet hours. Most blogging platforms allow you to schedule posts. Buffer allows you to schedule some of your social media posts. Use your designated social media time to line up Tumblr posts or Tweets for different times of day.
Work Smart By Multitasking
Toss your laundry in the washer or turn on the dryer before starting your show. Start a large video upload before hopping in the shower. Tweet, blog, or answer emails while you’re on the treadmill. Just don’t choose two tasks that need full attention.
Set Office Hours…Sort Of
Make time outside of your active camming shows to answer DMs, PMs, IMs, and whatever other Ms you’re getting. This time should be separate from promotional social media time since you’re responding to your fans directly.
Don’t Be Afraid To Say No
Obviously you don’t want to double-book clients for Skype shows. But saying “no” just because you already feel overworked that day is perfectly fine, too. Don’t let client requests interfere with your personal life.
Perfectionism Isn’t Perfect
Aching over tiny details will kill your productivity. Perfectionists often wait for “perfect” moments to start a project or finish one. There’s no such moment, so start now. Your camming career will always be in a state of improvement, so don’t sweat the small stuff.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Everyone’s sleep habits differ so you should set aside the amount of time you need for rest each night. A well-placed power nap can do wonders for your afternoon productivity. Being sleep deprived is as bad for your schedule as it is for your body.