Leaving Work Behind

How to Maximize Your Efficiency as a Freelance Writer (in 5 Simple Steps)

Written by Alexander Cordova on November 1, 2016. 5 Comments

A man carrying a number of drinks.Freelance writers can be an odd bunch. Not many other professions get paid by the word, after all. In real-world terms, that means your earning potential is affected by your efficiency in a way most nine-to-five jobs aren’t.

With that in mind, the logical solution as a freelance writer is to maximize your efficiency. You need to figure out what your weaknesses are, find the right tools or techniques to tackle them, then get to work. It requires you to take a long, hard look at yourself and ask, How can I be better?

It’s a lot to ask, for sure, but there’s plenty you can learn from others. Let’s walk through my routine and figure out how to adapt it to help you, in five simple steps (all the while I keep an eye on the word count!).

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How to Trick Yourself Into Being Productive With an Anti To-Do List

Written by Anne Dorko on October 18, 2016. 8 Comments

A hand with a to-do list written on the palm.Leaving work behind often means we’re in charge of our own schedule. Unfortunately, we’re not all naturally adept at managing our own workload. Left to our own devices, this often leads to terrible time management.

I think it’s safe to say everyone struggles with procrastination to some degree, but finding a structured system that fits your personality and way of thinking can do wonders for your productivity. Usually, it involves tricking ourselves into action. In my case, this system is the ‘anti to-do’ list.

No solution is perfect, but finding one that’s suitable (as well as practicing it) is important. In this post, I’ll explain what an anti to-do list is, then teach you how to set up your own.

Let’s get started!

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How to Be Your Own Boss (5 Invaluable Tips)

Written by Ransom Patterson on October 4, 2016. 5 Comments

An empty boardroom.One of the best things about self-employment is the flexibility it gives you. There’s no boss or company telling you when, where, or even how to work. This freedom lets you do cool things like go on a 30-day solo bike tour or move abroad to learn a new language.

However, it’s not all fun and games. Working without a boss means more flexibility, but it also means more responsibility. As a one-person operation, it’s up to you to plan, assign, and create high-quality work. With all of this additional management responsibility, it’s easy to let your creative output suffer – especially if you’ve never had to manage your own work before.

Don’t worry, though. In this post, we’re going to show you how to strike the right balance. We’ll give you five invaluable tips for being your own boss, while still producing outstanding work.

Let’s get started!

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How to Work From Home (And Stay Physically and Mentally Healthy)

Written by Alexander Cordova on September 20, 2016. 0 Comments

A tower of colored stones.Freelancing from home sounds like a dream come true to many of those stuck in a nine-to-five job, but it comes with its own set of physical and mental hurdles that are not apparent at first glance.

Learning how to deal with these downsides is perhaps the biggest challenge you’ll tackle as a freelancer, but it can be done – if you’re willing to make some changes to your lifestyle.

In my case – and maybe yours – the three greatest hurdles are isolation, a lack of exercise, and mental fatigue. Let’s talk a bit about each, how I’ve dealt with them, and how you can too!

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4 Vital Things to Consider Before Making a Big Life Change

Written by Anne Dorko on September 6, 2016. 9 Comments

A frog carrying a suitcase, heading towards the big city.Making a big life change can be one of the most frightening things you can do – especially if you’re not sure how to go through with it, or how to make the most of your experience.

However, taking the right considerations into account as you dive into this change improves your chance of success – and even if the initial mission fails, you’re more likely to make it out alive with an amazing story.

In this post, I’m going to walk you through four considerations I took before setting off on a 30-day solo bicycle tour from San Diego to Salt Lake City. By the time we’re finished, you’ll either think I’m crazy, or feel confident to prepare for your own next big adventure!

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