Productivity & Organization

  • Quick Tip: Customize Your Browser Start Page for Increased Productivity

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 23, 2014
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    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
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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 […]
  • Quick Tip: Find Out Where You Waste the Most Time

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 29, 2014
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    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 […]
  • July Writing Challenge: Write More, Earn More, Increase Your Productivity

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 30, 2014
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    Do you ever feel like you've worked hard all day but have very little to show for it? Do you feel like no matter how many hours of work you put in, you'll never reach your word count goals as an author? Have you ever gotten through a week of freelance writing only to wonder where all your billable hours […]
  • Quick Tip: The Pomodoro Technique for Authors

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 25, 2014
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    One of my favorite productivity tools in my freelance writing and blogging work is a timer. I use something called the Pomodoro Technique which breaks down my work into small, manageable periods of time. It's a great way to stay focused and push yourself to see how much you can do in a short stretch. And it turns out, it […]
  • Gamification: Make Freelance Writing More Fun

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 12, 2014
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    In the comments on a previous post about loving your work, Anne Wayman mentioned that she wanted to try to turn some of her marketing into a game. That's something I try to do with my daily work as much as possible too. So I thought it might be fun to look at gamification and how you can gamify your freelance writing […]
  • Weekend Resources: Freebies for Freelance Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 22, 2014
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    I usually try to post a collection of articles on a chosen topic to close out our weeks here. This week I want to do something different. Rather than featuring blog posts and other reading material, I'd like to share resources -- free ones at that. Below you'll find a collection of free resources for freelance writers. These tools, templates, […]
  • Pros and Cons of Multitasking for Freelancers

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 4, 2014
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    Multitasking. It's awesome. It's evil. It will make you more productive. It will make you less productive. It will make you more successful. It will destroy your business. What's the truth when it comes to multitasking in your freelance writing business? The truth is, it depends. Should You Multitask? It depends on what kinds of tasks you're talking about. For […]
  • How Writers Can Stay Productive Even During Sick Days

    By Jennifer Mattern on January 13, 2014
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    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
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    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 […]