Productivity/Time Management

#028: How Focus@Will Improves Focus, Productivity and Creativity

March 19, 2015 by

Music has been a big part of my life since I was a kid. But for years I had the hardest time finding music that enabled me to focus on my work.

I spent hours carefully curating playlists on iTunes. I tried dozens of Pandora stations. And, of course, I ...

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#021: Forget Goals! Focus on Habits Instead (Pt. 2 of 2)

November 25, 2014 by

In the previous episode, I shared my recent experiments with habit development techniques ... and why I'm getting away from traditional goal setting.

Today's show is the second part of this important discussion. I've brought in my colleague James Clear to delve deeper into the topic.

James has done extensive ...

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Fill ‘Em Up Phil vs. Negative Nellie: A Fun and Practical Way to Drive Out Negative Self-Talk

August 30, 2013 by

Oh, the joys of self-employment!

There's nothing like having full control over your schedule, making your own decisions and working on projects you enjoy.

But that kind of freedom also has a dark side. When you work alone, there's no one to turn to when negative thoughts start creeping in. ...

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5 Ways to Boost Your Freelance Income Without Working More Hours

December 14, 2012 by

You’re sunning yourself on some exotic beach, sipping a cold, refreshing drink.

Life is good.

And then ... a sudden jolt of reality: You’re a solopreneur. Which means that you’re not earning an income as you enjoy the sound of crashing waves. It’s an “unpaid vacation,” if you will.

Ouch!

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6 Practical Time Management Strategies for Freelancers and Solos

June 20, 2012 by

Our time is finite. No matter how early we get up or how late we wind down, there are only so many hours in a day. For many of us, the only way to get "more" time is to use the time we have more efficiently. ...

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The Secret to Maximizing Your Billable Time Without the Added Stress

March 9, 2012 by

As a solo professional, you earn a living by leveraging your time, skills and experience. And even though you can (and should) continually work to expand your skills and capabilities, the amount of time you have available is fixed.

Therefore, HOW you manage that time will determine your overall ...

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How to Free Your Writing from Performance Anxiety (Even if You’re Not a Writer)

January 13, 2012 by

Ever get performance anxiety?

Here's what it feels like: You sit down to write and, you can't.

You might feel a sense of panic. A tightening in your gut. Nerves. You might get stuck on the first paragraph - or worse, the first sentence. Your mind might start whispering, "Not ...

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Drink And Be Merry

December 28, 2011 by

As we walked into Staples, my husband's eyes grew wide like a 10-year-old kid's.

There, right in front of him, in the center display, was the object of his desire.

But it wasn't some souped-up genius phone . . . or a razor-thin laptop that got him so jazzed . ...

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12 Hot Freelance Productivity Tips from the Pros

September 2, 2011 by

I've found that too much of the productivity advice out there is geared towards 9-to-5'ers. So I asked 12 successful self-employed professionals for their top productivity tip. Here's what they had to say... ...

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What’s Your Performance Like Today?

Productivity expert Jason Womack asks you to consider some key questions that could make a HUGE difference to your daily productivity. PLUS, he stands up at the white board and shows you an ingenious 'decision matrix' tool that will help you identify your most profitable opportunities, and say goodbye to ...

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