Productivity and Goal Setting

Tips for productivity. Lessons in work-life balance. Ways to find extra hours in the workweek.

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61 Ways to Be Productive When You Work From Home

How do you get all your work done productively, efficiently, and without distractions while also ensuring that you don’t become an overworked loner? Here are 61 of the best ways I know.

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The Seven Habits of Highly Productive Writers

In the decade I’ve been writing and interacting with writers, I’ve found that the most prolific and productive writers have a few traits in common.

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8 Ways Tracking Your Time Can Make You More Productive and Help Grow Your Business

For those of you who remain unconvinced of the merits of tracking your time, I offer the following benefits.

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The Writer’s Work Ethic: How to Create It, Maintain It, and Sustain It

Work ethic becomes increasingly important as you grow in your career and start getting ready to handle more challenging assignments, more complex works.

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Finding Work-Life Balance as a Writing Parent

I started thinking about work-life balance issues even before I became a parent, back in the very early stages of my pregnancy. And here’s what I’ve learned since then.

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The Productivity Tip That Will Defeat Your To-Do List Once and For All

If you’re looking to defeat your to-do list once and for all, here's an approach that actually works.

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Do You Have an Unreasonable To-Do List? Here’s How to Fix It

Take the following steps and if you are suffering from a to-do list that refuses to cooperate and threatens to strip away your sanity.

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How To Handle Sick Days When You’re Self-Employed

As writers, as self-employed professionals, I’ve realized that it’s vital we prepare for these emergencies, these days off, these periods when we’re just not going to be able to keep the money coming in.

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Moving, When Your Office is Also Your Home

How do you make sure that you remain productive and sane as much as possible when you’re moving house? Here are some lessons from my most recent move.

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Why Creative People Need to Be More Organized (and How To Get There)

Here are a few quick things you, too, can do today to get more organized immediately.

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Why It’s So Important to Have Time to Think (and How to Find It)

I found a few ways to disconnect from everything and take the time to think about the overall scope of my business and my career.

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Are Your Goals Too Ambitious? Here's Why You Should Let Them Go

Here are my tips on how to give yourself a break, gleaned of course, from three decades of self-flagellation.

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Here's Why You're Not Achieving Your Writing Goals (and How to Fix It)

If you didn’t meet some of your writing goals last year, here are some questions that you need to answer honestly so that you fix the pattern before the next year rolls around.

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How Freelancers Can Find More Freedom In Their Work

How's how to keep the "free" in your career as a freelancer.

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Lessons Learned From Teaching the 30 Days, 30 Queries E-course

The biggest lesson I learned from the 30 Days, 30 Queries e-course is to finish what you start. Do that and you’ll never lose.

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How I Found Five Additional Hours in My Work Week

As my hours got reduced and my to-do list threatened to bulge off the page and scatter all over my pristine floor, I decided it was time to optimize the way in which I used my time.

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What To Do When You Feel Like You’re Losing Your Shit

What do you do when you’re overwhelmed, underpaid, or going through an inevitable I-hate-freelancing stage? Try the following.

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How to Keep Writing When Life Gets in the Way

How do you continue to stay focused, on target, and keep writing when you’re going through a health crisis, a divorce, financial turmoil, the death of a loved one, or worse, a combination of two or more of life’s crises?

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