With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be hard to stay motivated enough to have productive holidays instead of just fun ones. One of the best things about being a freelancer is that you aren’t wedded to a set schedule. You set your own hours and can make special allowances for holiday events. It’s important to make a plan before the holidays get too hectic, though. Without one, it’ll be much harder to stay productive during the holidays. So, how do you do it?How do you stay productive during the holidays? Click To Tweet
How many emails do you send every day? Not only are you using this valuable communication tool to send finished assignments, but you’re probably relying on it to touch base with previous clients and reach out to new ones. You’re using it to correspond with sources and verify facts. And you’re probably also sending emails for personal use too—even freelancers do that.
You might think you’re alone as a freelancer, but you’re not: Most people are in a bind with email. That’s because there are nearly 200 billion emails sent – each and every day. And if you kept track of your time dealing with email, in all likelihood you’d probably be spending nearly one-third of your time dealing with it. In fact, how many of you face email management issues, such as too many notes in your inbox, a difficult email filing system, or even loss of emails because you’re so inundated. [Read more…]
For people employed in the fields of translation and writing, a daily work schedule is generally imposed by their employers. They’re supplied with a certain amount of work they are capable of completing within their office hours and kept on track with regular meetings to determine the best course of action when tackling projects. But how do you manage an equivalent workload as a freelancer, and keep the work rolling in? [Read more…]
Do you ever find yourself browsing the web and checking your social media feed instead of getting your writing tasks done as efficiently as possible?
You’re not alone. Countless freelance writers have been there before you.
You look at a blank page and somehow you just can’t bring yourself to fill it with your writing. This is when your eyes dart to other parts of your screen and you lose yourself in distractions.
“I have a computer and an internet connection. I want to quit my job and do what you’re doing. Anyone can make money writing online, right?
If I got a dollar every time I heard this – or some variation of it – I’d have enough to go to the Maldives for this year’s dream vacation.
There is some truth to the statement, though. Anyone can start writing online, but there is no guarantee of success or money. There is more to online writing than “I can write” – as you already know.
Even veteran freelance writers may have experienced feeling lost and doubtful at times, especially these days. The online writing scene is so crowded. Good jobs are difficult to find. Consistent and reliable clients are not as common as before. Rates are going down. [Read more…]
There are times when seeing the “P” word in an article or tweet or Facebook post makes me want to tear my hair out. We all know we need to be productive. We know that being productive as a remote worker is more difficult than working in a corporate setting (or am I wrong?).
Why do we have to keep on talking and reading about productivity when we can be using that time to do some work? [Read more…]
With coworking and freelancing being the trend today, it’s no surprise that more and more people start paying attention to their workspace organization. And if it used to be enough to provide workers with tables, chairs, and computers, today everyone treats a comfortable and well-organized workplace as a high priority.
The reason is simple:
A place and surroundings where people work enhance productivity and increase their peace of mind. Hence, one should care about the place of work and setting up a virtual office if they want to stay inspired, motivated, and productive specialists with better results at work. [Read more…]
“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” – Douglas Adams
Every writer knows this quote and has probably said/written it more than once. In reality, however, that whooshing noise is not so pleasant. It’s the stuff writers’ nightmares are made of. Especially when a client is inflexible when it comes to deadlines.
One observation about writers that I have heard so many times is that we like to procrastinate. It is such a sweeping statement and can be taken the wrong way.
However, I have to admit that with all the distractions surrounding us, there are times when we do procrastinate – perhaps more than we want to. [Read more…]
Writing for a living is not as easy as others would think, is it? Whether you’re writing your novel, or you’re writing articles and blog posts for clients, there are periods when you just can’t seem to focus.
There are those times, however, when you get in the writing zone, and you seem to be a lean mean writing machine. Thank the muses!
Unfortunately, getting in the writing zone is not always as simple as opening the door and entering your home office. On the flipside, there are things you can do to help get in the writing zone. [Read more…]
I bet I got you at “procrastinate”, didn’t I?
All of us procrastinate – some more than others. I do think you’ll agree that procrastination seems to be most tempting when there’s a deadline looming, yes?
Now, what if we could turn procrastination into something that will work for us in terms of writing?
What if there is such a thing as procrastinating productively? (If there isn’t, let’s just declare that it exists.)
Here’s how I see it: we can take advantage of the urge to procrastinate by giving in to it and yet doing something that will benefit our work anyway.
Here are some ways I think writers can procrastinate productively.
- Do some spring cleaning. I’m not talking about housework, but your Inbox. If you’ve got tons of unread emails, emails that have been read but haven’t been replied to, and so on, procrastinate productively by cleaning out your Inbox(es).
- Read. Read your favorite blog. Read a chapter or two of a book. Read the news.
- Update your blog. I’m guilty of not updating my personal (and supposedly portfolio) blog regularly. The former gets maybe one or two updates a month. The latter hasn’t been updated for more than year. If you’re the same, you know what to do the next time you feel like postponing writing that article that’s due in several hours.
- Sort your Rolodex. Okay, so who uses a Rolodex these days? You know what I mean…If you’ve got a heap of paper business cards or a mess of an email/phone contact list, why not organize these contacts? Smartphones and software have made it easy to merge contacts so you’ll have all details in one handy place.
- Pay online writing communities a visit. If you’re not part of one, you might want to consider joining an online writing community. Google+ and LinkedIn have some thriving communities where you can share your work, read the work of your peers, and even read funny memes.
- Write a page or two of your novel. It may not be the most enticing thing to do when you feel like procrastinating, but if you’ve been sitting on that novel for ages, you might as well – at the very least – give it a look. Who knows, your muse might pay you a visit!
- Do your books. I’m not trolling you. I know that doing the books isn’t the most relaxing activity, but we’re talking about procrastinating productively. If you’re so tired of writing that you want to avoid it temporarily (even if that deadline is drawing ever nearer), then looking at your business’s finances may actually be a better prospect.
These are the things I think can help writers deal with the urge to procrastinate. What do you think of the concept of procrastinating productively? Do you have other activities to add to the list?