Productivity & Organization

  • Find an Extra Hour Every Day With a 5-Minute List

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 15, 2015
    There are days when 24 hours just isn't enough. I'm sure you've experienced at least a few of those. Wouldn't it be great if you could find an extra hour without having to sacrifice sleep or something else you love to do? Finding that extra hour a day might be easier than  you think. The trick? Create a "5-minute list." What is […]
  • No. You Don’t Have to “Write Every Day.”

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 31, 2015
    There's one kind of blog post I dread seeing in my feed reader. They're the blog posts that sport headlines like "The ONE Thing You Need to do to Become a Successful Writer" or "The Best Writing Advice You'll Ever Get." Why do I dread these kinds of posts? Well, other than the obnoxiously gimmicky clickbait titles they tend to […]
  • Keep Your Inbox Cleaner with This Quick Tip

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 4, 2015
    Do you ever start work on Monday mornings feeling suffocated by your email inbox? That's how I felt yesterday morning. I receive a lot of email every day, including on the weekends. But this weekend I received a couple thousand extras beyond my norm, and I never poked my head in to stay on top of it (not that I should […]
  • Review of The Freelancer Planner

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 15, 2015
    Not long ago I was contacted by Michelle Nickolaisen, asking if I'd like to review The Freelancer Planner. Of course I said "yes." Planners? Organization? Schedules? She clearly knew the way to this freelancer's heart. Total organization junkie over here. Michelle sent over a review copy of the downloadable version of her planner. This is a six-page .pdf planner (minus the cover […]
  • Quick Tip: Sort and Filter for Easier Email Management

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 30, 2015
    A frequent productivity complaint of writers is that social media can become a big distraction from their writing. That hasn't been an issue for me recently. But something else has: email. Today is my first day back to work after about a week off. It wasn't planned time off. I simply decided to take some personal time, after clearing up […]
  • A Simple To Do List Tweak for More Productive Writing

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 10, 2015
    When you work as a writer -- especially a freelance writer -- your schedule can feel a bit scattered. You don't have one job that you go to, where you follow a basic plan under one boss. You instead have to balance (or is that juggle?) multiple projects and multiple clients. Bouncing around from one project to another isn't the […]
  • Getting Back Into Writing After a Break

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 5, 2015
    Before the holidays we talked about preparing to take time away from writing or blogging and how you can set yourself up for success on your return to work. Well, today is that day for me -- my first work day of 2015. And getting back into the swing of things has been both exciting and challenging I had a […]
  • Quick Tip: Customize Your Browser Start Page for Increased Productivity

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 23, 2014
    As writers we frequently rely on the web in our work. We manage our own websites and blogs. We visit others to stay connected with colleagues and stay on top of industry news. We use social media tools in networking and marketing. And sometimes the sheer number of websites we need to visit on a regular basis can get overwhelming. […]
  • 7 Time Management Tools for Freelance Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 11, 2014
    As a freelance writer do you ever feel like you aren't working to your full potential -- that you could get more work done if you could just eliminate some distractions and improve your productivity a bit? Fortunately there are plenty of time management tools that can help you do that. Today I'd like to share some of my favorite […]
  • Quick Tip: Find Out Where You Waste the Most Time

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 29, 2014
    In July's writing challenge, we focused on productivity. And I think a follow-up quick tip is a good way to close things out. Even if you didn't take part in this month's challenge you can use one of these techniques on your own time. The best thing you can do if you want to improve your productivity as a writer […]