3 Secrets to a Productive Day

3 Secrets to a Productive Day

Productivity
Many writers struggle with productivity. No wonder. Distractions come at us from every angle, every hour of the day. If you work from home, the children vie for your attention. If you work online, Facebook disguises itself as a chocolate bar--tempting, tempting, tempting. Business coaches have seemingly bred like rabbits, all eager to tell us how to spend our time. Yet the activities they promise will "move our business forward" don't actually get our work done. Writers need to write. Putting pen to paper, so to speak, is what generates income. Posting to social media channels, writing our own blog posts, live streaming on Periscope, creating fremiums to build our email list, researching markets, while all worthwhile activities, do not pay the bills. Secrets to a Productive Day So what…
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Have You Met Trello?

Have You Met Trello?

Productivity
Have you met Trello? O.M.G. I LOVE Trello. Trello is my new organizational tool. It is the only digital organizational tool I have stuck with using. You see, I'm really a paper and pencil kinda gal and the digital things like Evernote are great at first. Then, I just can't see enough. I can't touch enough. And I ditch them like a bad date. But, Trello. Oh, someone heard my sighing. Trello is like using sticky notes on a bulletin board except they don't fall off when someone walks past your desk. And I can set up an entire project in one screen. Boy, do I wish I knew Trello when I was writing my book! Now, I use it to layout the magazine I edit and a blog I…
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How to Find Files without Cleaning off Your Desk

How to Find Files without Cleaning off Your Desk

Productivity
If you are a creative person, your desk is a mess. That's a given. I'm not about to tell you how to keep it organized, because that would mess with the right side of your brain and kill the flow of those creative juices. But what I will tell you is how to find folders on your desk. If all you use are manilla file folders, stop it. Today. Who ever found a manilla file folder in a pile of papers and other manilla file folders in less than a minute? No one, that's who. So, go wild and buy colored file folders. Better yet, buy ones with designs on them. I buy glossy pocket folders with pictures or designs on them for important files. For instance, my "outstanding invoices"…
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