Articles from 06/2013
Let it be known that I dislike email.
Deleting emails gives me the same grim pleasure that I feel when using a weedeater to rip through the juicy stalks of weeds. I'd rather be doing something else with my time, but if I must, then I'm going to make those weeds (and emails) pay for it.
Whether I like it or not, email is here to stay, along with self-employment tax and Pigeon Forge. I choose to make the best of it, and to that end, I've captured in this blog post a few of the tricks that I use to grind down my inbox as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Enjoy. Or don't. Just get better at email.
My friend Drew asked me for some productivity tips the other day.
I don't consider myself an expert on the subject, and I certainly waste my share of time. In fact, I believe that not being productive all the time is important for our emotional and spiritual help.
But Drew's request did give me a good excuse to gather my thoughts. Let's dive in.
I recently wrote a post about three crucial shifts in perspective that prepared me for success. They're important for changing the way you see yourself, your work, and your role with clients.
But they're not enough.
You also have to exercise certain habits, and before you can do that, you must first believe that your personality is plastic, malleable, changeable.
If you believe that people don't change, well, Buster, don't waste any more time reading this post. You'll be better off stockpiling weapons, canned beans, and gasoline for the Zombie Apocalypse.
For the rest of you who are more hopeful, know this: not only do I believe that people can change, I believe that we must change. Otherwise, we will never develop the pluck and emotional intelligence to stop letting fear and an addiction to comfort (which is really just fear of scarcity) make our decisions for us.
When you run your own business, you have ample opportunity to feel anxious: what if you don't get the project, what if the client is disappointed in the work, what if you can't pay your bills.
All those "What If's" can do a number on one's enthusiasm and productivity. Anxiety causes you to waste time and energy dreading things that may never happen. Anxiety is the adult version of seeing a boogeyman in the closet and monsters under the bed. So you sit there and tremble and wait for the worst.
Anxiety is the antithesis of productivity, yet once it has a grip on you, it's hard to shake off. What do you do?
When I stop to ponder why my income has grown significantly over the last four years, I can identify three crucial shifts in my perspective that helped me find success in business.
Your perspective on yourself, your work, and the role that you serve with clients can either leave you stranded in the realm of struggling freelancers or convey you to the magical orchard of money trees. (It really exists...)
I still hear other friends who work in the creative industry say things like, "Well, that's just the way freelancing goes."
Yes, the feast-or-famine roller coaster is the way freelancing goes. So why not try something different and expect different results?