Browse Tag: productivity

Break the Ice: Write don’t Freeze

You’d be more productive and your career more profitable if you could just sit down and write. Instead you agonize over the title. You write and delete, start over. You do a little more research on your topic. You play with your phone, text, clean your desk, read emails. After you’ve returned phone calls, scheduled meetings, rewired the electrical in your entire office and patched the drywall you realize you never got around to writing an actual post or article. Then you realize you really never forgot to write it. The task hangs there, unfinished. Continue Reading

Staying Productive (even when there’s nothing to do)

Just kidding, there’s always something to do.

Clean up your desktop, organize files into clearly labelled folders and delete unnecessary files. I organize by my folders by project type, date and project name and move them to my documents folder.

Make all your devices talk to each other. If you do this make sure to remove any devices you no longer use (or even have) and double check your security and home network administration settings. Follow up by making your all your security updates are updated and installed. Give yourself an extra special pat on the back if you can fire up your printer from every device in the house. Continue Reading

Remote Working Basics

When I started working exclusively from home in late 1999, it wasn’t a smooth transition. It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t intuitive. I’d gone directly from tending a popular bar to freelance whatever-ing (transcription, data-entry, appointment setting, website designing, freelance writing, blogging, reviewing and general editing) alone, at home, being lonely and not knowing what I should be doing with my time.

I’m not the smartest or most focused person in the world. I’m actually not that bright in conventional terms, I have my strengths but it took a good long time for me to figure out what they were and how to take advantage of them in any meaningful way. Continue Reading