Leaving Work Behind

Why You Should Take a Solo Work Retreat

Written by Ransom Patterson on November 15, 2016. 3 Comments

A run down treehouse.While it sure beats working in a regular office, freelancing can still turn into a daily grind, leaving you little time to evaluate your business and work on larger projects. That’s a shame, since stepping away from your work every once in a while can have huge payoffs, both personally and financially.

To give yourself some much-needed space, why not take a solo work retreat? It’s like a vacation, but with the express purpose of evaluating your business and pursuing projects you don’t normally have time for. What’s more, you’ll return refreshed and energized, brimming with new ideas and a renewed understanding of how to develop your business going forward.

In this post, I’ll explain why taking a solo work retreat is one of the best things you can do for your business. I’ll cover everything you need to know to make the retreat a success, including choosing the perfect location, making room in your schedule to take the retreat, and how to structure each day you’re away.

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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.

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5 Ways to Punch Fear in the Face as a Freelancer

Written by Gina Horkey on July 20, 2015. 24 Comments

5 Ways to Punch Fear in the Face as a FreelancerAre you more afraid of failing or succeeding as a freelancer?

It’s normal to be afraid of failure, but for some of us the fear of success is equally or more paralyzing. Why? Because it means we should change.

And change is scary too.

But change is necessary for success. And you’re probably reading Leaving Work Behind for motivation to succeed. Either to leave your current day job or to continue building your freelance business – maybe it’s both!

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6 Steps to Prepare for a Vacation from Your Freelance Business

Written by Gina Horkey on June 8, 2015. 17 Comments

vacationMan, it’s hard to walk away from work as a webpreneur!

Sometimes as short a period of time as a day can be hard. So what do you do if you want to take an actual vacation? If your business is dependent solely on you, your actions, your presence – how do you make this happen?

Everyone needs to take a break sometime. And odds are that you got into this profession – and became self-employed – so that you had more control. More flexibility to do things like travel and take time off.

If you’re anything like me, you may be working harder (and more) than ever though. Your business is growing due to these efforts, you’re making more money each month, but both of these positive side effects make it virtually impossible to hit pause or take a well needed time out.

Am I describing you? If so, today I want to share a step-by-step process to help you confidently plan and execute your next vacation. I want us both to be able to check out of work every once in a while. Here are six steps to prepare for your next vacation from your freelance business:

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On Ignoring Everyone Else and Being Yourself

Written by Tom Ewer on January 13, 2015. 49 Comments

Be HappyI met a lot of awesome people in 2014.

Perhaps most notably, I met a lot of awesome people in America during my three week trip that incorporated the World Domination Summit in July. A lot of people that I had known online for years but not actually met in person, plus a lot of equally awesome people that I’d hadn’t known previously.

I learned a great many things in those three weeks, but today I want to share with you the most compelling realization I came to. That same realization will shape what I do (and how I do it) in 2015 and beyond, and it may well completely change your perspective on how you should live your life. Keep Reading