Getting Things Done

Mystery Solved: The Number One Killer of Your Productivity Revealed

By Garik Himebaugh

productivity killer

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.

Getting Things Done

A Scientifically Proven Way to Massively Boost Your Productivity

Pomodoro technique - countdown timer

It can be surprising how most of our days go to waste.

You login to your computer early in the morning, hoping to get some serious work done, only to realize 5 hours later that you haven’t really done anything; you’ve only been checking Facebook, Twitter, and your email every other minute and you can’t seem to break out of that loop.

I’ve struggled with this for awhile too, and I could barely get anything done until I started implementing a scientifically-proven approach to productivity. I now find it easy to write 5,000 words on the average day, and that’s just part of what I get done for the day.

Is there any secret to this sudden increase in productivity?

freelance writing

How to Do Location-Independent Freelance Writing – The All You Need to Know Guide

Well, since it’s the middle of the summer (depends on where you’re at currently, though), I thought I’d share a thing or two about how I manage to freelance regardless of the location I’m at, and how you can do the same.

This post actually includes both the techniques and tools I’ve tested before, and the ones I am yet to test as they seem like they are capable of making things a lot easier.

But first…

Getting Things Done

Time Management for Freelance Writers…You Thought It’s Going to Be Easy?

Here at WritersinCharge you can find a vast array of advice on different aspects of being a freelance writer; turning your passion into a career; and earning a living (how to find clients, how to bill them, and so on). This post, however, is not about making a living, it’s about staying alive, more or less.

I know that the above sentence sounds a little vague, so bear with me as I explain what I mean.

Freelancing isn’t about spending most of your time staring at a blank screen and struggling with writer’s block, nor is it about going through a never-ending stream of emails, or running around at a loss about what to do next.

Even though I’m sure you can agree with the above, you also have to admit that some days are just not very productive. You struggle to put some decent words together, or maintain a good workflow throughout the day. I know because it happens to me as well.

So what follows is my approach at getting some things done, in other words – time management (habits, tools, systems, software, methodology) for freelance writers.


10 Real Ways to Beat the Beast that is Writer’s Block

writers blockThis is a guest post by Gregory Ciotti of Sparring Mind.

Writers of all types will deal with writer’s block, this we know to be inevitable.

Where things change is exactly how you’ll deal with them.

Will you let writer’s block eat up your productivity, and come back for seconds to devour more free time?

Fear not, if you’ve ever have the displeasure of running into writer’s block (and haven’t we all), I’m serving up some fresh ideas.