Do you know what The Pomodoro Technique is for getting work done?

Weekly Newsletter for Freelancers: Here is the latest newsletter of this week starting on 16th of January 2018.

Getting stuff done is important for freelancers because that is how they make money! Learning what works for you to get more work done is critical. There are a number of approaches and one of these is The Pomodoro Technique

Learning The Pomodoro Technique Maybe Fruitfull for YouPhoto By: Marco Verch (Flickr Pro User)

Workzone has contributed an article to the Upwork Blog in which they look at four ways of tackling a To-Do List approach to getting work done, they are: 

  1. Kanban Board
  2. The Pomodoro Technique
  3. Don’t Break The Chain
  4. The 1-3-5 List

You can read about each method in 4 To-Do List Formats To Be More Productive here. This quote about priority lists is worth remembering:

“Checking items off a to-do list doesn’t determine progress; focusing on your priorities is what counts.” Frank Sonnenberg, BookSmart: Hundreds of real-world lessons for success and happiness

There is another method that is not covered in the Upwork article that is included with How to Be Self-Employed: A Freelance Work from Home Guide.

The basis of the To Do-List with the eBook is that you prioritize the items and makes provision for a work-life balance rescheduling system. You can get the eBook from Amazon by clicking on the link below:

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Motivate Yourself!
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things work out.” - Art Linkletter

Why should you be motivated to have a development plan as a freelancer?

Having A career development plan is very important

Do you monitor what freelancing skills sets are most in demand? It is easy to do because freelancing platforms monitor them for you. Here is the link to Upwork releases the 20 fastest-growing skills for freelancers in Q3 2017. You should bookmark this link so that you can regularly monitor Upwork’s Index. The reason why you should do this has been making clear by Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork when he stated:

“Freelancers realize how quickly the skills needed are evolving and are the most proactive members of the workforce, reskilling much more frequently than traditional employees,” - said Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork and co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Gender, Education and Work.
“Because of this, they will play a major role in guiding the future of work — something we all have a responsibility to do.”

Abby Perkins has looked at how to do this in her article 4 Steps to Create a Professional Development Plan as a Freelancer. Abby’s article appears in the Flexjobs.Com blog and you can read about it here

This is a great quote about personal development from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. 


Productivity and Budget Tip of the Week

How do you overcome the demon of procrastination?

Doing work on time (at least a part of the whole task) helps to overcome procrastination.

The demon of procrastination is the enemy of most creative people. It is continually stalking you trying to get you from focusing on getting work done. This is why it is important that you understand this enemy and the ways that it can impact on you and your bank account. Yes, it is your bank account that procrastination is attacking. You do not realize it when you start out freelancing. However, that is where the result of procrastination shows.

I have found that one of the most effective ways of tackling big tasks which often gives rise to procrastination is to break them down into bite size chunks and get a bit done each day. There are other methods of tackling this problem. Steven Pressfield is an expert on this issue.

Steven Pressfield has written three books on this subject of how to “overcome resistance and getting out of your own way”, which is what he calls it in the introduction to Do The Work. The other books by Steven are Turning Pro and The War of Art. For creative people, procrastination is a major problem and Steven knows the enemy well and how to overcome it.

Marya Jan has read these three books and condensed their wisdom to Overcome Procrastination: Steven Pressfield’s Top 12 Tips. Marya’s article appears in WritetoDone.com and can be read here. For those who like Steven’s work and want to look inside the books at the index here are the links to them:

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Work-Life Balance Tip of the Week

Freelancers deserve holidays even though they don’t get paid time off!

Freelancers should enjoy a holiday even though you're not being paid for this.

When you start out as a freelancer you probably did not realize what PTO stood for, but you soon realize what it means. People who are employees that you may go on holidays with do not give PTO (Paid Time Off) on their vacation a second thought. They don’t have to! However, as a freelancer, it is very much a part of work-life balance and you have to think about your holidays and plan for them. This is not to say that you won’t have to answer a few emails while enjoying the sun down by the beach. 

Tyra Seldon has thought about how you can enjoy your UTO (Unpaid Time Off) and has given you some tips in her article Freelancing over the holidays? A simple guide to maintaining your sanity for the Freelancers Union blog. You can read Tyra’s article here.

Georgia Dolenz has looked at how to still be earning an income while enjoying a vacation with her article Freelance holiday: 6 ways to take days off and continue earning. Georgia’s article appears in Andco.com blog and you can read it here.


Financial Tip of the Week

Do you see using an accountant as an investment?

Using an accountant for your business is an investment as they can save your money and taxes in various ways.

Do you remember magic photos and how you can move them around and change your point of view until you see another image? For some people, they work instantly, but for others like me, they very rarely work. You can check some out here.

Why I asked this question is that some freelancers view using accountants to help their finances as being a waste of time because they can’t see the value in it. However, if you are a moonlighting freelancer with a regular 9 to 5 job or a combination thereof with your partner it is worth having an accountant have a look at your financial picture to see whether they can see the opportunities for you to increase your after-tax income.

Having worked as a financial planner that specialized in assisting accountants and their clients I can assure you that they will be able to see a different picture to you. I had clients that I referred to accountants and vice versa because it was a change of view that resulted in a better outcome for a client.

For me, I can always see that picture of an accountant being an investment to a freelancer, even if it is not on a regular basis. Gemma Church has written Do Accountants Offer a ROI for Freelancers? which you can read here


Amazon Associates Website Case Study

The history of the Case Study can be read at links to the previous newsletter issues.

The research work regarding the customer service, links and articles are continuing and the current results can be seen here:


Freelancers And Cyber Security

We have gained approval from Robert Siciliano to bring you extracts from his books related to cyber security for freelancers. Robert Siciliano is an identity theft expert and consultant. He also gives self defense and personal safety seminars. Robert provides safety and identity theft fraud prevention tips and advice on multimedia channels in the United States. We have his approval to bring you weekly extracts from his books:

What Privacy Issues Should Concern Me? (Part-2)

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