Productivity & Organization

  • How Writers Can Stay Productive Even During Sick Days

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 13, 2014
    So far this year, I've had one normal work day. One. Just a day after returning to work from my holiday break, I needed a sick day. That turned into a "sick week." And it's now going on week two. Surprisingly though, those sick days have still been productive days. I launched several new features here on this site. I published […]
  • Freelance Writers: Change Your Habits, Change Your Career

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 2, 2014
    We all have goals for our freelance writing careers. And many of us are probably gearing up to make changes in the New Year. But what happens when you feel stuck -- like there's no time left in the day to actually work on growing our businesses? No matter how busy or even overwhelmed you might feel there's always one […]
  • What Gets You Through a Long Day of Writing?

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 12, 2013
    There are some days when I really don't feel like writing. But the work has to be finished anyway. Sometimes I plug away and get through the day on sheer will. Sometimes it's more of a struggle and all I can think about is making it to quitting time. Fortunately these long, exhausting days aren't the norm. Maybe I committed […]
  • How Freelance Writers Can Be Productive With Finances

    By LaToya Irby on March 25, 2013
    Writing is actually one of the easier parts of freelancing writing. Maybe it's like that with all craft-turned-businesses. The tougher parts of being a professional freelance writer can be things like finding clients, having a steady stream of ideas, and managing the finances. Because I’m no fan of mulling over finances for hours, there are some things I do to […]
  • Weekend Reading: Spring Cleaning

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 22, 2013
    Happy Spring! Let's get right into the season by talking about spring cleaning for freelancers. How might it apply to us as freelance writers? It can help us improve our productivity and get more organized. You might need to re-organize your files. You might need to clean and organize your home office so you can minimize distractions. Maybe you'll want […]
  • How Word Count Trackers Can Make You More Productive

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 20, 2013
    I'm a big fan of any tool that can help me get more work finished in less time. One tool freelance writers might not think to use is a word count tracker. (By the way, we offer two free word count trackers here for our readers.) But word count trackers are more for authors, right? Sure. They're great for tracking […]
  • Weekend Reading: Productivity

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 15, 2013
    Each week we look at a specific issue facing freelance writers. This week let's look at productivity -- how you can improve yours, get more work done each day, have more time for yourself, and make more money in the process. I make it no secret that productivity plays a big role in my own freelance writing business. Focusing on […]
  • 5 Tips for Becoming a Happier and More Productive Freelance Writer

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 13, 2013
    It's one thing to enjoy the freedom freelance writing offers. But sometimes we still get overwhelmed. Deadlines loom, payments might seem to take forever, and our to-do lists could occupy a mile-long scroll. Fortunately there are some things you can do to make yourself more productive than ever, and even happier in your freelance writing work. Here are five tips […]
  • Get Productive and Increase Your Writing Income

    By Angela Booth on March 12, 2013
    The freelance life is complicated. You can get to the end of what seemed like a productive day, and realize that you achieved nothing of major importance. Deadlines are looming, you're not making as much money as you feel you should be making, and you wonder what you're doing wrong. Professional writing used to be much simpler. You got clients, […]
  • Weekend Reading: Time Management

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 8, 2013
    Let's close out this week looking at one of the most important issues to face freelance writers -- time management. There's a reason you have to be fairly well disciplined to succeed at working for yourself. There are countless things that need to be done, and there never seems to be enough time to do it all. The time management […]