David Allen’s “Getting Things Done”: Is It Relevant to Freelancers?

  I first read "Getting Things Done" (GTD) by David Allen in 2007. Back then, I was working full-time in UNICEF, juggling my work responsibilities with a family. Although I didn't implement GTD completely, it did allow me to unclutter my entire work area (not just my desk). It allowed me to tame my overflowing email inbox. It allowed me to leave my files neatly organized for my successor. GTD was … [Read more...]

What’s the Single Best Thing You’ve Ever Done for Your Freelancing Biz?

Every so often, a freelancer will make a decision that takes their freelancing to the next level. It could be something that helped them find clients, charge more, get more work done, or become better in their field. For this post, I asked some of my freelancing friends to identify the best thing they'd ever done for their freelancing business. I was surprised at the wide variety of answers I received. … [Read more...]

Distractions: What They Really Mean

Distractions are a big problem for the self-employed, self-managing freelancer. Because of distractions, we waste our precious time. Our productivity is diminished. Rushing to meet deadlines means we enjoy life less. Ultimately, distractions reduce our profitability. We don't like that. Freelancers want to squeeze the most work from every minute that we're working. Therefore, the sooner we can become the … [Read more...]