Leaving Work Behind

How to Find Autonomy by Not Relying On Yourself (In 3 Ways)

Written by Anne Dorko on February 21, 2017. 0 Comments

A collection of balloons.It’s easy to feel alone when building your own freelance career or starting a business. (Cue All By Myself here, if you feel the need to dwell in the loneliness.) When you approach it like a lone wolf, you’re more likely to burn out and get overwhelmed. It doesn’t need to be this way!

Building autonomy doesn’t actually mean living and working in a vacuum. Making it on your own actually involves other people. Right now, I’d like to make the case for having accountability partners or joining a mastermind group. These are small groups of like-minded folks with similar goals who check in on a regular basis to keep each other motivated.

If you’re tired of going it alone, but aren’t sure whether this is the right approach for you, allow me to offer three ways that asking for help is beneficial. However, before that, let’s take a look at how you find accountability partners in the first place.

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4 Work-Life Balance Mistakes I Made (So You Don’t Have To)

Written by Guest Author on February 7, 2017. 0 Comments

Rocks balancing on the beach.Tom: The following is a guest post by Monika Tudja, Head of Business Development at Fried.com – a platform dedicated to educating individuals on how to protect their online privacy. As you might have guessed, Monika is passionate about online privacy, cyber-security, and keeping the web ‘free’ for everyone around the globe.

People say that experience is the best teacher, and while they’re mostly right, it certainly would be nice not to have to learn everything the hard way. When it comes to mastering the balance between work and life, this maxim rings particularly true. Striking this challenging harmony is hard – ask any overworked person and they’ll be happy to tell you the same.

The key to avoiding this issue is to be mindful of how others around you deal with it, as well as those who have come before. You can take their experiences as references for what (and what not) to do.

In this article, I’ll discuss the four main mistakes I made in my past, then tell you how I tackled each of them. Join me for a walk down memory lane!

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How to Keep Showing Up Even After You Fail

Written by Anne Dorko on January 10, 2017. 4 Comments

10A soldier going under barbed wire.Failure is a scary word. It’s easy to be optimistic upfront, telling ourselves that whatever we’re doing is a great learning opportunity. However, once failure inevitably hits, it hurts much worse than we imagined. Moving forward doesn’t sound quite as nice as forgetting disappointment ever happened, and jumping ship.

Unfortunately, some level of failure is inevitable anytime you try to achieve something. It doesn’t matter how good your intentions are, how talented you are, or what a great person you are. To succeed, you’ll need to push through the temptation of quitting, and simply keep showing up.

It is a simple enough plan, but that doesn’t make it easy. In this piece, I’d like to offer you three common situations that make you feel like quitting, then show you how to get through them.

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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.

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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