The Ultimate Guide on Mindfulness and Meditation

| Mindset

IntroductionWelcome to the wonderful world of meditation. I’m glad you’re here.You’ve probably heard all about the amazing things meditation can help you with: relax your mind, calm your body, bring inner peace. But where do you start?  If you’re interested in learning more about meditation and mindfulness, or if you’re wondering where to start, you’ve come […]

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Freelancer Cost Calculator

| Calculator

With this calculator, you can see how the hourly rate of your (future) freelancer/assistant translates to your bottom line. The first results “outsourcing cost” calculate how much your freelancer will cost you per day, week, month, and year. If you want, you can also enter how much you, as an entrepreneur, earn yourself to see […]

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How Solopreneurs Can Start Managing Based on Objectives

| Mindset

Curating the right plan is crucial to the success of any business owner. However, it’s particularly important if you’re a solopreneur. Without anyone else to hold you accountable, you need to ensure you’re prepared to reach your goals more efficiently. That becomes easier when you adopt a Management by Objectives (MBO) approach. Developed by Peter […]

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How to Create a 90-day Action Plan

| Time Management

I come into contact with many solopreneurs who find it hard to meet the business goals they set out at the beginning of the year. No matter how great our best intentions or how clear our objectives are, it is very easy to lose momentum as we strive towards our end goals.  But there is […]

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27 productive things to do when bored

| Time Management

As solopreneurs, we often experience downtimes as we wait for clients, customers or freelancers to get back to us. Instead of twiddling your thumbs, bored, and idle you can make this time count! Here is a list of productive things to do when bored which will not only pass the time but will enrich your […]

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Freedom App Review

| Tools

Are you easily distracted when you’re supposed to be working? Do your finger and thumbs constantly crave to scroll through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram when you hit any sort of obstacle? Or perhaps the incessant pings and notifications are demanding your attention when you desperately need to concentrate? Then you’re in the right place because […]

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Why is time management important?

| Time Management

For some, time management means squeezing every minute to get as many things done as is humanly possible before we collapse in exhaustion. In other words, “How can I do more in less time?” Let’s consider a more humane definition. The process of deciding on the order in which you will do tasks, and making […]

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Is the Hawthorne Effect Relevant to Solopreneurs?

| Delegation

The Hawthorne Effect has been used as a means to bolster productivity in the workplace for more than 80 years. But the professional landscape has drastically changed since it’s conception. The rise of remote teams means that the workplace and its behaviors have shifted, which begs the question, Is the Hawthorne Effect relevant to today’s […]

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Book Summary: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

| Review

Introduction You can’t change what you’re not aware of. The same thing goes with shifting habits: Understanding how habits are formed allows us to work with our biology to create positive routines. As you read Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, you’ll realize that you […]

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Best Remote Work Tips for Solopreneurs

| Time Management

Many equate remote work with living a dream life–working anytime and anywhere, on projects and with clients you’ve chosen yourself. But as a popular quote goes: “With great power comes great responsibility.” In the case of remote work, well, that power to run our own show also implies that we are solely responsible for our […]

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The surprising reason it’s so hard to focus

| Mindset

Have you ever found yourself finishing a project, but you just can’t stop thinking about your email, your phone, or your latest social media post? Many of us can relate to feeling agitated when we don’t check our phones or go online. The only way we can stop feeling anxious is by caving in. So […]

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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 Summary: The Slight Edge by 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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