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As an online time management coach, I help solopreneurs to organize their lives, become more productive, less stressed and accomplish more in less time. I not only share tips for tools and tactics, but also provide insights and strategies to accomplish more. Read more...

Boost Your Focus with Brain.fm

| Tools

When it comes to background music, there is an unlimited number of tracks we can choose from (last time I checked, Spotify had 35 million songs in their library, it would take you 200 years to play them all). Some songs help me to boost my mood when I’m doing repetitive tasks. But I needed […]

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Understanding procrastination – Part 2 of 2

| Procrastination

Procrastination was once thought to be a basic time-management problem, but recent studies have proven it to be a highly complex phenomenon and one which is largely individual. While the behavior is universal, the HOW and the WHY we experience procrastination are very personal. In Part I, we looked at the larger picture of procrastination, […]

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Understanding Procrastination – Part 1 of 2

| Procrastination

Many people ask me how to overcome procrastination, hoping that there is a quick fix that they can implement and suddenly stop it. Sorry guys! That’s not how it works. Procrastination is a highly complex thing and ‘curing’ it is a long hard process and one that won’t happen overnight. Sure, you’ll find a huge […]

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A Solopreneur’s Guide to Delegating Freelancers

| Delegation

If you’re just about to hire your first freelancer you may be a little worried about delegating tasks. Or, perhaps you already work with freelancers but the process isn’t going as smoothly as you’d hoped. Either way, delegating is a valuable skill to have if you want to grow your business. Many solopreneurs struggle to […]

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Time Management Tips

| Time Management

As solopreneurs, much of our success hinges on how well we can manage our time. Below I’m sharing 10 of my favorite time management tips, techniques, and strategies. I also share how you can combine some of these tips to craft a schedule that matches your priorities. 1.80/20 Rule or Pareto Principle According to the […]

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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

| Mindset

You’ve chased and won the biggest and best client of your solopreneur career so far; a real big fish and it’s going to put you on the map. You should be elated, buzzing with excitement and giving yourself a well-earned pat on the back… But no. Instead, you have cold sweats as you lie awake […]

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How Dopamine Impacts Your Productivity

| Neuroscience

Introduction Have you ever caught yourself feeling compelled to check your email or social media accounts every five minutes? Have you ever been so engrossed in a game (say, Candy Crush, Temple Run, or any other game) that you would play it for hours even if you know you have tons to do? If your […]

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Productivity 101: The Brain Dump

| Time Management

Let’s do a little visualization. Close your eyes and imagine your head as office and in the office is a desk- this is your brain. Is that desk all in order, neat and tidy with no outstanding tasks? Or is it a cluttered mess with a million and one post-it notes all over it, so […]

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5 Top Tips for Setting Expectations with Remote Teams

| Delegation

Hiring remote workers can be an effective option for solopreneurs looking for support in their business ventures. But if certain things aren’t agreed beforehand, the solution can easily become a problem. Remotes workers can be all kinds of wonderful but they aren’t mind-readers! This is why setting clear expectations from the very beginning is key. […]

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FreeeUp Review

| Delegation

Introduction Effective communication Pre-vetted freelancers Fast hiring process A team that understands my concerns and has streamlined hiring processes These are some of the reasons why I’ve ditched Fiverr and Upwork and exclusively hire remote freelancers through FreeeUp. FreeeUp is a freelancing platform that connects over 4,000 businesses to the “top 1%” of remote workers. […]

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How ‘open loops’ are slowing you down

| Mindset

Do you find yourself lying awake at night thinking about all the things you didn’t get done that day and all the things you have to do the next day? Yeah, we’ve all been there. It’s like a suspense movie playing on a loop inside your head, but it never gets to the end. Instead, […]

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The pros and cons of outsourcing

| Delegation

You may have been working hard on your business and your efforts are finally paying off. But now your tasks are piling up as well. You may be dreaming of generating more sales, offering new services, or launching new products. But you’re already up to your eyeballs in work. In this scenario, outsourcing can help […]

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The Man Who Knew Too Much

| Mindset

Some people are born into greatness, while others have it thrust upon them.  Still others, like me, stumble over it in the dark, breaking some furniture as they fall and bumping their heads into the coffee table. When I was starting my business, I thought that if I was going to be a great entrepreneur, […]

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Don’t let Sunk Cost Fallacy sink your business

| Mindset

Being an entrepreneur is a risky business. By definition, entrepreneurs take on financial risk in the hope of profit. Success or failure is dependent on decisions made, decisions which should be based on facts, figures, intelligence, and intuition. But so many entrepreneurs base their decisions on sunk costs, believing that past costs matter to future […]

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Top 10 remote jobs you can start today

| Time Management

Many people feel trapped on the office treadmill because they think they don’t have what it takes to grab a virtual job. But here’s the thing: you don’t have to be a slick graphic designer or a whizz-kid programmer to work online. There are countless ‘work from anywhere’ jobs that require basic skills, skills that […]

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Five Steps to Prioritize your Tasks

| Time Management

Has your to-do list ever been empty? If your answer is “Never,” you’re not alone. Sometimes our to-do lists are even longer than our grocery lists. And each time we check off something on our list, several tasks get added. Frustrating, isn’t it? As you grow your business or expand your career, that list will […]

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Winners DO quit and here’s why

| Mindset

If you were to ask a room full of entrepreneurs, “What’s the key trait of successful entrepreneurs?” Among the common responses of passion, creativity, and competitiveness, you’ll also hear a number of variations of determination and resilience. That ability to just ‘keep going’ no matter what, is seen as a positive, must-have quality for success. […]

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The 215 best Time Management Quotes

| Mindset

On my Instagram and Twitter account, I regularly share time management, productivity quotes, and sayings about time (besides lots of other useful information as well of course). Personally, I love quotes. But I had a hard time to collect all of them. So I decided to share all the quotes I have collected so far, […]

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Don’t Eat That Frog, Eat An Elephant Instead

| Time Management

Brian Tracy, the author of the productivity-boosting book “Eat That Frog,” teaches his lesson points from a saying that is frequently credited to Mark Twain: “Eat a Live Frog Every Morning, and Nothing Worse Will Happen to You the Rest of the Day.” Luckily for entrepreneurs everywhere, this advice is a metaphor; you don’t really […]

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“To do” to “Done”, Tada!

| Time Management

Working from home presents its own unique set of problems.  For us entrepreneurs, productivity is usually measured at the end of the day by how much we still need to do rather than what we’ve already accomplished.  This is a backwards thought process that can only end in frustration and a complete lack of motivation.  […]

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How to Never Run Out of Blog Post Ideas

| Time Management

Struggling with writer’s block? Want to update your blog with fresh content but you’re out of ideas? Believe it or not, inspiration is everywhere. It’s enough to take a look around you. Think about the millions of questions that pop into your head every single day. Go online and see what other people are interested […]

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Entrepreneurial Burnout: Are You at Risk?

| Mindset

Burnout is not typically a word people would associate with work-from-home entrepreneurs.  From the outside looking in, entrepreneurs have it all together; they have risen above all the stressors of working for a large, impersonal company that looks at them as a replaceable resource rather than a valued employee.  The truth is a little bleaker; […]

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Does Decision Fatigue Make You Running On Empty?

| Time Management

Earlier this morning, you were a powerhouse of effective decision making, amazing productivity, boundless energy, and motivation.  It’s after four in the afternoon now, and you just had a small, but still quite impressive, nervous breakdown when someone asked you what you wanted in your coffee.  You have reached decision fatigue; without consciously being aware […]

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How to Use the 80/20 Rule to Grow Your Business

| Time Management

What if there was a proven way to boost your productivity and revenue? Imagine getting better results in less time and no more wasted time and useless activities that lead nowhere. If that’s what you want, you should definitely start implementing the 80/20 rule. This concept is fundamental to every entrepreneur – and every other […]

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The Dark Side of Perfectionism

| Mindset

Do you have an all-or-nothing approach to your work or life in general? Are your standards too high for most people? Perhaps you tend to procrastinate out of fear for producing sub-par work? If your answer is Yes to any these questions, you might be a perfectionist. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it […]

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The Challenges of Working from Home

| Time Management

Do you sometimes feel lonely? Do you struggle with a hectic schedule, despite having the freedom to set your own work hours? Or maybe you’ve lost your motivation? These things are second nature for those who work from home. Even though most people would do anything to be in your shoes, the benefit of working […]

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Book Review: The Slight Edge – Jeff Olson

| Review

In order to get better at time management and productivity myself, I consume a lot of personal development content in the form of articles, books, podcasts, courses, and training. One of the books that had a big impact on me is The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. Whenever I read a book I take notes […]

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The Effects of Sleep on Productivity

| Time Management

Have a hard time staying focused? Feeling tired and sluggish for no obvious reason? Actually, there might a reason why you’re feeling this way. If you’re skimping on sleep, don’t expect to function at your best. Sleep deprivation has a major impact on your work performance and productivity. It affects your memory and cognition as […]

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How to Find Time for a Side Business

| Time Management

In today’s hyperconnected world, it’s not uncommon to hear about people who have a side job online. Many of them have full-time jobs and yet, they find time to start and grow their own business. There are thousands of apps and online tools that make it easy / easier to work on the go and […]

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Timeboxing

| Time Management

Obviously, working from home has many advantages, let’s be clear on that. However, a lot of entrepreneurs who have or are starting an online business are struggling with their time management and the never-ending to-do list that generate a huge source of frustration. How many times did you race against the clock to finish your […]

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Learn the Art of Saying No and Reclaim Your Life

| Mindset

Do you constantly feel stressed and overworked? When was the last time you did something for yourself? If you can’t remember, it’s time to change that! Sure, you want to help others and do your best to keep everyone happy, but at what price? Nothing is worth sacrificing your health and mental well-being. The small […]

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Social Media Distraction

| Time Management

How often do you check your Facebook and/or Twitter feed? Once a week, twice a day, or every few hours? Sure, you want to network and stay on top of the latest trends, but is that really why you’re glued to the screen? Social media distraction is real. Up to 80 percent of the time […]

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How to use a time management log

| Time Management

Most of my clients are freelancers working from home. One of them just made the switch. She highly values the freedom to manage her time and tasks in a way that suits her best and often says that her decision to start working from home meant no more stressful office meetings, edgy supervisors, tight project […]

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The Surprising Truth About Motivation

| Mindset

I have to confess something. I have a love-hate relationship with my Motivation… I mean, she’s amazing when she’s around  (it must be a “she”, right?) and she’s done some amazing things for me at times. She has also helped me move forward in ways I never dreamed possible and I don’t think I could’ve […]

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