Self-employed professionals face burnout if they work too many hours and face financial ruin if they are too lax in their schedules. It is essential to have balance in maintaining a self-employed working schedule. One of the best ways to work efficiently is to create a work calendar. A self-employed work calendar will detail all administrative and billable time necessary to meet income goals.

Step 1.

Review the days you already have to work. There will be goals and deadlines already set that will need to be accounted for in your work calendar. Often, a self-employed professional will lose track of commitments without other employees around to help them remember pending dates. An organized calendar holds you accountable.

Step 2.

Mark down holidays, vacation days and sick day windows--any days you will not work--on your calendar. Everything from Christmas to your birthday to every Friday--if you don’t work that day, take note of that as you create your self-employed work calendar.

Step 3.

Take into account days you will work, but won’t work the entire day. Some days (maybe New Year’s Eve, for example) you’ll work but you won’t work all day. Mark down half days or reduced days on your work calendar.

Step 4.

Ensure that you’ve left plenty of working days to satisfy your income requirements. Be certain you can realistically earn what you need with the time you’ve scheduled for working.

Step 5.

Determine what each working week will look like. Decide how many, and which days, you’ll work each week and schedule your time accordingly.