Productivity & Organization

  • A Writer’s Guide to Pulling a Successful All-Nighter

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 27, 2016
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    Ah, the dreaded all-nighter. They're gobs of fun, aren't they? When you work as a freelance writer, they're occasionally a necessary evil if you get behind on a project and you're on a deadline. Thankfully I haven't had one of those kinds of all-nighters in quite some time. In my case it's usually somewhere between insomnia (due to stress or […]
  • Dreams, Ambitions, and Finding Balance in Your Business

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 19, 2016
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    Do you ever feel like you aren't living the life you really want to live? That your dreams and ambitions are going unfulfilled? That you've lost sight of things you're passionate about, and you're not quite sure when you got off-track? I do sometimes. Actually, these days, make that a lot. Maybe your dreams involve publishing your first novel. Maybe […]
  • How You Can be a More Prolific Writer – No Superpowers Needed

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 11, 2016
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    A friend and member of the All Indie Writers community contacted me recently with a question about being a more prolific writer and balancing multiple writing ambitions. She asked to remain anonymous but agreed to let me share her question here in the hopes my answer might help someone else in a similar predicament. Here's the gist: This is a […]
  • 3 Things Writers Should Rethink in the New Year

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 5, 2016
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    Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is off to a great start for all of you. I'm excited to be back to work. There's something about the fresh slate of a new year that ignites a fire under me to tackle big things. Even if you don't have big projects planned, now is a great time to make other tweaks […]
  • 3 Tools for More Productive and Organized Writing

    By Jennifer Mattern on December 18, 2015
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    Today marks the start of my usual year-end vacation, meaning I won't be around much until the New Year (January 4th in this case). Before taking these yearly breaks I spend a lot of time evaluating my previous year. It's how I set goals for the next year, but it's also when I look at the tools and processes I've […]
  • Find an Extra Hour Every Day With a 5-Minute List

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 15, 2015
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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 […]