Productivity & Organization

  • How Word Count Trackers Can Make You More Productive

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 20, 2013
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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 […]
  • 5 Time Management Tools for Freelance Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on December 8, 2012
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    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 […]
  • How to Handle Overbooking Freelance Writing Work

    By Guest on October 16, 2012
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    By: Megan Harris I previously talked about why it's a good idea to pursue too many freelance writing jobs. However, what should you do if you overbook yourself as a result of your marketing, pitching and prospecting? You're at a point other freelance writers would envy, so congratulations! The work is coming in and your marketing efforts are paying off. […]
  • A Three Year Publishing Plan

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 10, 2012
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    Recently we talked about outlining your writing career. Basically it's about focusing on long-term goals which will ultimately shape your short-term plans (like your weekly to-do list). We talked about how this kind of career outline can benefit writers of all types including authors, bloggers, and freelance writers. After that, I came up with my own three year publishing plan […]
  • Outlining Your Writing Career Path

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 3, 2012
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    Recently I was looking over one of my favorite resources on book outlining -- Karen Wiesner's First Draft in 30 Days. Toward the end of the book she has a section on outlining your career as an author, including a one-year plan and multi-year planning. It was a bit of a kick in the pants (given that I forgot this section existed). […]
  • How to Become a "Super Freelancer"

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 26, 2012
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    Some work days as freelancers are easy. We wake up ready to face the day. We enjoy the projects we're working on. And everything seems to go as planned. Then there are days when nothing seems to go right. I've had several of these lately -- from backlogged work I'm still trying to catch up on to a neighbor who […]