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  • Siobhan Smith struggled to manage her time when she became a full-time freelancer. 
  • She found setting alarms to go off every 20 minutes made her feel more in control of her day. 
  • She doesn’t recommend this all day, but she says the hack helped her boost her productivity.

I used to barely notice time passing, which was why I was wasting so much of it.

Or at least until recently, when I decided to make a dedicated effort to track it, with a technique that makes me sound like a glutton for punishment: I started setting an alarm to go off every 20 minutes, across each working day.

In July, I left my TV development-exec job after 14 nonstop years in the industry. I was burned out and needed a change. I set up as a full-time freelance journalist.

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