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!
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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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!).
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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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.
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