productivity

Kids Driving You Crazy? One Writer’s Family-Friendly Productivity Plan

The productivity plan for freelancers with kids. Makealivingwriting.com

Are your kids driving you crazy? If you don’t have a productivity plan as a stay-at-home freelancer, getting work done can be hard.

It’s something I know a lot about.

I’m a stay-at-home mom. I have eight kids. I home-school. And I have a thriving freelance writing business.

It’s kind of crazy. And I struggled to figure out how to make it work.

When you’re trying to land client work or complete an assignment, with kids begging for your attention, you might think the last thing you want to spend time on is a productivity plan.

But you actually need that in place first.

Why? Let’s just say kids make the work at home experience more interesting.

I get more work done now in less time than I used to. And then there’s the added benefit of maintaining my sanity with such a busy household.

Want to know how I do it? Here’s my productivity plan for freelance writers with kids:

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Now Boarding: The Year-End ‘Ugly Barge’ of Productivity for Writers

Board the 'Ugly Barge' of Productivity for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Productivity for writers has a way of going down the drain during the holidays.

It’s all too easy to get sucked into the vortex of dinner parties, gift shopping, time off, and binge-watching a new season of your favorite TV show.

Your usual schedule for freelance writing and marketing gets squeezed by other things.

Sound familiar?

Fortunately, there’s plenty of time to get stuff done, complete assignments, land new clients, and still enjoy the holidays.

But to get from here to there, you’ll want to get on board the Ugly Barge of Productivity for Writers, says business consultant and former U.S. Army officer Charlie Gilkey.

In a recent Freelance Writers Den podcast, we talked with Gilkey and freelance writer Frances Booth about:

  • Productivity
  • Systems
  • Procrastination
  • Writer’s block
  • Goal-setting
  • And other topics

The goal: Help you make the most of the 71 days, 1,704 hours, and 102,240 minutes left in 2017.

Want to know the secret to year-end success as a freelance writer? Get on board.

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48 Best Apps and Tools to Improve Your Freelance Writing Life

Improve Your Writing Life with These Apps & Tools. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re looking for a way to make your writing life easier, I hear ya.

It’s not easy to grow a freelance writing career while homeschooling eight kids, but organization and efficiency make it possible.

I’m always on the lookout for time-saving tools and apps to improve my writing life.

I’ve downloaded and tried many apps or tools only to be disappointed. Sound familiar?

Some take way too long to figure out. If it’s not user-friendly or intuitive, I’m not sticking around. Other apps might be easy to use, but over-promise and under-deliver, and that’s always disappointing.

Ever wondered if an app or tool could actually help improve your writing life?

Let me save you some time.

After much trial and error, I’ve put together a list of 48 of the very best apps and tools to help you with just about every aspect of your writing life.

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Q&A: Pajamas, Dog Poop and Being a Productive Writer

Q&A with Rachel Toor on Pajamas, Poop, and Being a Productive Writer. Makealivingwriting.com

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Are You Looking for More Writing Motivation?

Writing motivation: Do you really want to be a freelance writer? Makealivingwriting.com

If you find it tough to get psyched up to write, this post is for you. I recently received a letter from a new writer hoping I could help her find more writing motivation:

I’m Sherin from Indonesia, it’s such a pleasure to find you as someone I can look up to. I’ve been saying to myself that, I really want to be a writer. And I’m very passionate about being a freelance writer, especially in content writing and maybe in proofreading. I know I need to plan how am I going to do that, but I feel lack of confidence and I don’t really know where to start.

I think this will be a good opportunity to make my own income too. I’m still a student supported by my parents. But I just love the image of standing independently. Anyway, I am so sorry to bother you. I know that I need to have some good skill to become a freelance writer, and to become skilled, I need to learn and practice. And I don’t know how to do that.

Can you give me some tips or maybe some motivation?

Letters like this make me want to cry. Because I’m dedicated to helping freelance writers earn more!

I want to have tips and useful info for you. (And ESL writer or not, writers write in every language and there are clients all over the world, so any grammar errors you spot above are not important here.)

What’s the trouble then? When you ask me to give you some motivation, I’ve got nothing.

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Self-Help for Writers: Make This One Powerful Change

Self-Care for Writers: One Big Tip. Makealivingwriting.com

Freelance writers spend a lot of time reading posts, taking courses, and otherwise seeking information on how to build their careers. But what about self-help for writers?

Working on self-care can build your self-esteem up and make you far more productive and creative. And when I say self-care, I don’t mean bubble-baths and walks in the woods, either.

What I have in mind goes much deeper than catching a little ‘me’ time.

Recently, I took a training on one powerful self-help technique that every insecure writer could benefit from. This approach can help you get more and better writing done, put yourself out there more, and gain the confidence to pitch better clients.

Ready to take your writing — and your life — to a whole new level? Read on…

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