Productivity & Organization

  • Quick Tip: Write Blog Posts Faster with Formatting Shortcuts

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 25, 2015
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    WordPress 4.3 was recently released, and if you haven't upgraded yet you should. It has a great new feature for writers, helping you write blog posts faster while spending less time formatting your content. When we talked about using Scrivener for blogging, I shared a free Markdown cheat sheet with you. Markdown lets you use simple formatting shortcuts as you […]
  • 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: Determine Your “Perfect Day”

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 14, 2015
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    Do you know what your "perfect day" looks like? Those are the days when you achieve far more than you might normally expect, where you feel good and rested but still productive. They're the days that don't leave you feeling drained. They're the days that leave you wanting more. I know what my "perfect day" looks like because I've lived […]
  • 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 […]
  • 5 Useful Scrivener Keyboard Shortcuts for Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 27, 2015
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    Scrivener is a wonderful tool for writers. You can use it to write a novel or nonfiction book. You can use it to format your writing as an e-book. You can even use Scrivener for blogging. That said, Scrivener can also be a complicated tool to use. I doubt I even know half of what it can do. It's one […]
  • Recommended: Write Better, Faster by Monica Leonelle

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 25, 2015
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    You know me. I'm a bit of a productivity junkie, always looking for ways to get more work done in less time. So it should be no surprise that an e-book like Write Better, Faster: How to Triple Your Writing Speed and Write More Every Day, by Monica Leonelle would catch my attention. (And no, I wasn't asked to review it, […]
  • 5 Stupid Excuses Freelance Writers Make for Not Reaching Their Goals

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 9, 2015
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    When you work as a freelancer, sometimes you'll struggle to reach your goals. But one of the most destructive things you can do when that happens is make excuses. Yet freelance writers makes excuses all the time to justify their lack of success in one area or another. After all, that's easier than taking responsibility and making changes. Today let's […]
  • A Simple To Do List Tweak for More Productive Writing

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 10, 2015
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    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 […]
  • Quick Tip: Talk Your Way to Faster Blogging

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 3, 2015
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    Do you suffer from the common blogging problem of never feeling like you have enough time to write? Do you type slower than you'd like? Do you wish there was a secret to faster blogging? There isn't just one thing. But here's something that might help: How? Give voice-to-text apps a try. Let me give you an example of how these […]