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Mystery Solved: The Number One Killer of Your Productivity Revealed

By Garik Himebaugh

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It’s Monday morning and you’re rushing to get ready and make it to work on time. At the office you are greeted by stacks of paperwork, 200 emails, and you have 5 meetings today.

You sit down and make a list of everything you can think of to do, including what you can do after work. The list is pretty long. As the day progresses you work through most of what’s on your list, starting with what’s easiest. When you get home, you cross off a few more items.

Feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, you call it an early night. While you crossed off a lot of items on your list today, you don’t feel productive at all.

Does this scenario sound familiar? Hint: this is not what it means to be productive; this is simply called being busy.

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Four Tactics Every Freelance Writer Should Use For Meeting Deadlines

This contributor post by Lanre Solarin was supposed to go live last week Friday, but it’s being published late due to WritersinCharge’s migration to Hostgator last week. Enjoy!

As I wrote a guest post for a new, high-paying client, a tear rolled down my cheek.

Then more followed….

I cried – and yet, I still kept writing.

I wasn’t writing a motivational article, neither was it a love story with the happily-ever-after ending.

I cried because I had no choice but to write. I was tired, sick and had a close deadline to meet. I had made a promise I wasn’t near keeping.

And I wanted to give up.

Don’t do that – ever!

On the basis of appearing professional, writers can sometimes make outrageous promises, especially to new clients.

What do you think this can lead to? More jobs? Repeat clients?

Not exactly.

This can either lead to compromised quality or extended deadlines. Nevertheless, accepting jobs with short deadlines is sometimes unavoidable. When this happens, what do you do?

Here are four strategies you can adopt to meet those short deadlines.