12+ Helpful Productivity Tools for Busy Freelancers

Productivity means money for freelancers. The more productive you are, the more you can earn. It's just that simple. Getting things done on time is one of the ongoing challenges of a freelancer. There are so many things that can slow you down. Part of being productive is knowing the right tools to use and using them. That's why I created this post. In this post, I share over 12 productivity tools that … [Read more...]

33+ Real Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Anything Done

Is your to-do list growing? Do you feel like you're working hard, but not accomplishing very much? If your efforts aren't effective, there's a reason. In this post, I share over 33 real reasons why you're not getting anything done. Beware, many of these reasons will make some freelancers uncomfortable. … [Read more...]

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...]

5 Tips to Kick the Perfectionist Habit

Hello. My name is Mike. And I’m a recovering perfectionist. For a long time, I believed that being a perfectionist was a good thing. I was proud of my compulsion to work and rework even the smallest assignment until it was faultless. What did it matter that it took me hours more than it probably should have? I was a perfectionist. All that mattered was that I nailed it. When I became a freelancer, … [Read more...]

Kill Your To-Do List

We’re all well acquainted with the concept of the to-do list. Whether or not we get along with them is another matter entirely. Sometimes to-do lists just don’t cut it, and at the end of the day, the checked boxes are buried amongst all the empty ones. Well, gee, if that isn’t a morale boost, I just don’t know what is. In this post, I'll discuss a to-do list alternative--The Single Day Schedule. I'll … [Read more...]

How to Get More Done and Have More Fun

Have you ever thought that by simply rearranging your daily tasks you could increase your productivity, get more done and enjoy yourself more? The biggest asset of freelancers worldwide is that they usually do what they love, and love what they do. But, what happens when you get stressed with deadlines, long working hours and lots of clients and you don't have any more time for yourself, your family or your … [Read more...]

When Does Pen and Paper Slow a Freelancer’s Productivity?

Pen and paper. Quite arguably the greatest productivity tool ever created to date. Right? Right. Well, while some people like to stick to the old school method of organization, I myself am somewhat of an online productivity junkie (now) and self-proclaimed to-do list recoveree. Is that a word? Hope so… it is now. Since you’re reading this, and probably a freelancer, I’m sure you know that sometimes pen and … [Read more...]