This is a guest post by Bryan Collins. Bryan is on a mission to teach people how to become writers and finish what they started with A Handbook for the Productive Writer.
Would you like to earn more or less for the time you spend working?
For several years, I was a freelance journalist living off various writing commissions. Although some commissions paid by the hour, I was still expected to complete them within a set period. For others, I was only paid for getting the job done. This type of freelance work meant I earned less for my time if I spent twenty hours on a commission that should have only taken ten.
I learned the hard way that making a living means finishing freelance projects on time. Even if you aren’t a freelancer, you still have deadlines. Here are three simple but effective time-management tips will help you manage your time and become more productive.
This is a guest post by Tor Refsland. Tor quit his six-figure job to follow his passion, starting his blog Time Management Chef where he helps entrepreneurs free up more time through productivity hacks so they can focus on what they really love.
We are moving towards the end of the year at lightning speed. That may be an ambivalent feeling for many of us.
While you may be looking forward to spending your Christmas holiday with family and friends, you might be dreading the moment on New Year’s Eve when the little voice inside your head starts asking questions.
“What was my biggest accomplishment this year?”
“Which goals did I fail to achieve?”
“Did I really give it my all this year?”
Does that sound familiar? Don’t fret. Here’s the antidote to not worry about these questions next year.
This is a guest post by Colter Reed. Colter writes software, and writes about personal growth and productivity on his blog.
How long does it take you to get to work in the morning?
Got a number in mind? Remember that number.
Mine is fifteen. Five + ten. I’m going to put it to the test today.
Next question: how often are you late for work? Do you squeeze in, ten minutes late, or two minutes late, and hope no one noticed?
If you’re showing up late for work, your number for your commute time is too low.
It is not the instantaneous communication it was once considered.
In fact, email is the new snail mail.
It is slow. People read it infrequently. And they respond even less.
If you want something done quickly don’t send an email.
Want to lighten your todo load today?
I have a simple way to do that: Cross some tasks off your list.
Don’t do them. Just cross them off.
Before you panic, I’ll bet you have several tasks on your list that shouldn’t be there in the first place.
This is a guest post by Lidiya K., a blogger who writes about self-improvement, simplicity and finding a purpose in life at Let’s Reach Success.
Being (or not being) productive is one of the many things we stress over. Often at the end of the day we feel exhausted, and unsatisfied with our performance and results, even though we’ve completed many things.
Instead of simplifying our daily routine by doing our tasks and getting done what needs to be done, we prefer to worry about it, to fear the possibility of failing, to anguish over where to start, over-think the process and so on.
You know all the things you should be doing. But do you know why you aren’t doing them?
Many people spend their entire lives complaining.
And yet, they don’t take any action.
They would rather complain than do something productive.
Don’t fall into the trap of complaining versus actually doing something about the issue.
We are headed into a long Holiday weekend here in the United States.
Many people are taking today off before the 4-day Thanksgiving holiday. (And yes, some people will be working this weekend.)
You may have a long list of things you want to do during your time off. Or maybe you have a list of things you don’t want to do.
Regardless of your circumstances, I hope you make sure to enjoy the time you do have.
We all have something to catch up on.
Perhaps, a task that has been hanging out on your todo list for too long. Or an item that has been on your Someday List forever.
What do you need to catch up on?
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