A Plan For Every Day

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Your life should be driven with great purpose, even if on some days you do only little things. You can seek to make a difference in small ways, such as helping out those in need or just being there for friends who need a little support.

If you can do so, make a plan for every day. On your work days, plan out the top tasks that need the most attention and must be completed right away. Planning your work days will make you feel more accomplished and successful. You’ll avoid falling behind on important things and you’ll be confident about the work you do.

Some people don’t believe it’s necessary to have a plan on vacation days, but you’ll find that it does help to have a little structure. Even if you decide that one of those days is a designated “lazy day”, there is value in having a plan for each day.

Try it out for yourself.  You’ll find it especially helpful on work days when you normally just go straight home and do nothing for the rest of the day. The more you structure you day, especially after work hours, the more you realize you can achieve much more than if you just shut down for the rest of the night. You’ll find reserves of energy that you didn’t know you had.

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The Coffee Shop Freelancer – Staying On Task

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You did it! You finally quit your job (if you had one) and now you can work from home or wherever you want! Chances are, you want to work from the coffee shop and you’re probably going to be there several times a week.

Once there, you’ll likely run into other people staring intently into their laptops. What are they working on? Homework? Essays? Reports for college classes? Funny YouTube videos? Actually, depending on the area, you may also run into people working on screenplays and TV scripts. You’ll be very busy too getting your freelance work done with a hot cup of something by your side.

Getting the coffee and pastry is easy. Staying on task is the real challenge. If going to the coffee shop to do your business work helps, then you have to make sure you use the time wisely and commit to only a few hours of time there.

Coffee shops have been very generous about letting people use their power outlets and tables for work, even though the customer might only order one or two items after being there for several hours. Out of courtesy, you don’t want to make the coffee shop your “coffice,” meaning you don’t want to go there every day as if you’re checking in for your day job at an office.

Commit 1-2 hours of your time there to fully concentrate on the task you’re trying to complete. You’re probably there because you can’t focus while you’re at home or you are more comfortable sitting at a coffee shop table because at home, you might be tempted to take a nap. That’s fine. Just make sure you put a lot of good work into the time that you are there.

Get in there knowing what it is you’re going to achieve. Perhaps today is the day you finally write a draft for your sales letter. Or, you’re going to write up a few important emails for your email campaigns and you want to get them out so you’ve got the rest of the day to do other things.

You can also use the coffee shop as a place to meet with someone if you need to work together for an hour or two. It helps you be a good host since you can treat the other person to whatever they want from the menu in case you have nothing to offer in your own kitchen.

Coffee shops are the one place people think to go to for studying, writing, and working, and you’ll be there too as a freelancer, so make sure that your time there isn’t wasted on reading too many blogs, social media feeds, and other distractions that are keeping you from getting your work done. Stay on task!

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