If you are a freelancer, or you would like to be one, I'm going to share a little secret with you. Your new best friend is going to be a regular, by this I mean: daily, to-do list.
You can experiment and find what works for you; but for me, I have found that sectioning off my to-do list into specific projects, listing the most pressing first helps me significantly. Furthermore, when I am close to a deadline like right now (4 days before the first 7x7 Exhibition in Berlin), I find that it's really good to section the list off by days...prioritizing what needs to get done TODAY as well as tomorrow, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, etc.
Also important! The last and largest section is the "personal" section, which includes things such as : sleep, eat well, go running, meditate, do yoga, and take care of my amazing partner. This is something I started doing more recently as I was noticing that I was more and more stressed, my jaw more and more clenched, and I was struggling to do my usual 30 minute meditation in the morning.
SO here are my sections today:
Creators 4 Progress: Kathy (one of my regular business contracts):
Practical: (for the exhibition this weekend)
I cross things off as I get them done...and when everything for today is done, I take care of myself making sure to rest, recuperate, and remember that revitalizing myself as a human being is just as important as being productive and being on top. If I don't care care of my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health...then, well, what's the point?
I hope this helps...here's a lovely photo of today's list and feel free to message with questions and/or for more info!