Ten Terrific Apps to Help You Keep Track of Your Time

Have you ever run out of time working on a project? Are you unsure of exactly how much time each project takes you? If you answered "yes" to the questions above, then you understand my problem with time. In fact, understanding where the time went is the problem of most freelancers. Earlier this year I began a quest to find a way to track my own time better. I've been using a spreadsheet for years, but I … [Read more...]

How to Get More Work Done In Less Time

Productivity is essential for freelancers. The more work we can accomplish, the more income we can earn. And the more time we have to enjoy with our family and friends. Therefore, time management is an important skill all freelancers should have. One way to manage time is by time chunking. (We'll define that in detail later.) There are many variations of time chunking techniques. For example, copywriter … [Read more...]

Open Thread: What One Thing Saves You the Most Time?

Time is money, or so they say. For us freelancers, there's a bit of truth to that saying. The more time that we spend on billable projects, the more money that we can earn. (This is true whether you bill by the hour or by the project.) Wasted time often means money not earned. That's why we're always on the lookout for resources, apps, or devices that save freelancers time. In fact, that's the question … [Read more...]

Knowing What To Do Versus Doing It ā€“ How To Handle The Information Explosion

As a freelancer, most of the time Iā€™m surrounded with far more information than I can ever absorb, let alone use. Not only does every newspaper, magazine, and television shows offer up their particular flavor of advice on how best to succeed ā€“ now there is also advice from the Internet to deal with. On the Internet new advice can appear practically every minute. Much of the advice being offered is sound, … [Read more...]

5 Sure-Fire Ways to Meet Deadlines For Freelancers & Web Workers

Meeting deadlines and targets is a major area of concern for many freelancers and web workers, especially if you get loads of work and find it difficult to do justice to all of them. The topic of this post is not new and you are sure to find a lot of suggestions on the web on meeting deadlines and managing expectations and goals. However I decided to pick this topic and approach it in a slightly different … [Read more...]

All Work and No Play? Really?

As a freelancer, web-worker or both, I'm sure that you have read quite a few articles or even books about productivity and time management. A lot of people read about all sorts of approaches and end up thinking that a productive person is a robot-like creature who works all day or, in other words, someone who does not know the meaning of the word 'fun'. It's quite obvious that they end up thinking that time … [Read more...]

5 Useless Things You Did Today

Are you interested in getting more things done? Does it seem that the day should somehow have more than 24 hours so that you can complete all of the tasks on that to-do list of yours? Well guess what: you are wasting valuable time each and every day with useless activities which are simply not worth it. Actually, here are 5 useless things you may have done today, let's analyze them and see if they sound … [Read more...]

Consistency Counts, It Really Does!

No matter what profession you have chosen, you have to deliver the goods with consistency every time. As graphic designers, this is especially true. We have to be consistent in our time management skills as well as the product we produce for our clients. Do you set a schedule for yourself to separate your personal time from work time? Or do you fly by the seat of your pants leaving your best ideas to come at … [Read more...]

3 Simple Productivity Hacks For Web-Working Freelancers

When your freelancing business keeps you in front of a computer screen for most of your working day, it's easy to fall victim to some of the time-honored productivity drains that have reduced many an entrepreneurial income. If you're not careful (and just a little bit vigilant), things that don't seem like such a big deal can really hose you at the end of the week when you're under a looming deadline, wondering … [Read more...]

Are All Online Entrepreneurs In A Hurry?

The great thing about the Web is that everything, and I mean everything, is just one click away. If you're interested in finding information, all you have to do is enter a certain URL and, the same way, if you are interested in purchasing something, grab your credit card, visit an online store and there you have it. There are however drawbacks and perhaps the most important one is the fact that people who are … [Read more...]