4 Unusual but Effective Ways to Work Smarter

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As freelance writers, we all work hard. We may even work longer hours than we did when we had a desk job. Does this mean we’re working smartly? Does this mean we’re getting more work done? Source Not necessarily. If you feel drained all the time and find yourself dreading work, maybe it’s time to assess how you do things. To help you with that, consider these ways to work smarter. They may seem unusual, but they certainly are effective. 1. Make a “to don’t” list. A “to do” list is imperative for me. I can’t work without one. Perhaps [Read more…]

Writing From Home

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I’m a work-at-home father of two and a full-time writer. I write for blogs like this one, I write books, and I write whatever print freelance assignments come along in between. I’m not here to tell you what an unbelievable challenge working at home can be. If you’re reading this blog, I’m sure you already know. Instead, I’m going to share with you some strategies for overcoming the work-at-home obstacles. In the many years I’ve been doing it, I’ve noticed a phenomenon that’s utterly unique to stay-at-home workers. I call it the ATOOTC Principle. We stay-at-home workers desperately long to [Read more…]

The Importance of Keeping a Schedule

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This is a Guest Post by Kevin Whipps (you can learn more about Kevin at the end of this post) When I first started out as a freelancer, I had dreams of waking up at noon, getting my work done by 2:00, and spending the rest of my days playing in fields of daisies. When that didn’t quite pan out, I started to realize that many of the things that people consider to be an advantage as a freelancer are really hindrances, and can really stop productivity in its tracks. Because of that, I developed a system that works well [Read more…]

The Productivity Tip that Changed My Writing

I’ve had the pleasure of writing about productivity on many sites, but never specifically for freelance writers. Due to that fact, I figured I’d start out with the productivity tip that has had the biggest impact on my writing. I was one of those kids who was always writing, but I never seemed to get that much accomplished. I started writing a novel my freshman year of high school — it was bad, but we’re not here to talk about that — and I carried around this notebook where I constantly rewrote and polished the first chapter. After six months [Read more…]

Rocking the Productivity and Making Good Use of My Freelance Writing Time

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When I first began freelance writing my son was an infant. As any parent knows, building a career and nurturing an infant simultaneously is, well, it doesn’t happen. I consoled myself with the theory that once my son was older and in school full time, it would be easier to balance a full time career. That’s sort of a joke too. I don’t know about you, but for me it’s hard to get into my work day and end it all at 2:30 when there’s still so much to do. I did the 4:00 a.m. thing for years, and frankly, [Read more…]

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