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Procrastination is something that everyone deals with.

Given the fact that we mostly write for the self-employed and freelancers, it’s a bit surprising to me that some of our most popular posts have been on being more productive and staying disciplined.

It likely means that when we start taking away some of the consequences related to putting things off, we tend to have some of the worst cases of procrastination! 🙂

This actually makes a lot of sense. Without a boss hovering over our shoulders, it’s easier for us to get sucked in to the easier (more enjoyable) work, or non-work related activities.

We can’t place too much blame on ourselves though, as the internet offers an unlimited amount of alternatives to doing our work.

Not only that, but when work means we’re spending time putting together the next client proposal, it’s easy to see why people prefer to procrastinate.

Since that’s the case, is there anything can we do about it?

Yes!

Let’s take a look into some scientifically proven ways to combat procrastination…

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Gregory CiottiGregory Ciotti

laptop-and-cellphoneWe all want maximum benefit for the least amount of effort. And since there are only 24 hours in a day, it’s more important than ever to use our time wisely as business owners.

It may seem impossible to find an extra hour or two in your day, but what about 10 or 20 minutes?

Here are 5 quick actions, that all take less than 20 minutes to complete, that you can do today to ensure the biggest impact on your business and financial situation.

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Carrie SmithCarrie Smith

StreamlineWe all have the same amount of hours in the day, but we’re becoming increasingly busy. As technology advances, so do our responsibilities.

Most successful entrepreneurs and business owners talk about achieving work-life balance, but very few attain this ever-elusive goal.

So how can you maximize each day’s tasks without feeling overwhelmed and overworked? Here are seven things to do each morning to get the most out of your work day.

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Carrie SmithCarrie Smith

work less and earn moreFor many, freelancing is a way to get back your time and live with less stress.

Yes, many freelancers would love to make more money than they are now, but money isn’t their primary motivation.

Most freelancers I know just want to enjoy and control their own lives.

That’s where I was at the beginning of 2013. I wanted to double my hourly rate – for the primary purpose of having more leisure time. Throughout the year I tested different techniques and strategies so I could work less and earn more.

Some worked. Some didn’t.

But, at the end of the year, I more than doubled my hourly rate and I worked less than part time (or 20 hours per week).

If you too want to work fewer hours – or increase your hourly rate – here are 8 ways to maximize your working hours …
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Christina GillickChristina Gillick

The biggest benefit of being self-employed?Fixed vs Flexible

Many would assume that it’s the freedom to work on your own time.

But as those of use who’ve been doing this for a while know, “on your own time” isn’t always the dream setup that many people assume it to be. Fact is, flexible scheduling can also lead to flexible discipline, not to mention that your ‘always on’ availability can result in you doing work at odd hours, which interferes with your free time.

Just like the fixed rates vs. hourly rates debate, freelancers seem to be quite divided on this issue. It’s for this reason that I’d like to present the compelling cases from both sides of the argument, and find out whether you feel that a fixed schedule helps, or hurts, your productivity when you work for yourself.

We’ll examine a fixed scheduling system from a college professor and MIT graduate, and compare his assertions with arguments made by a CEO and best selling author.

Intrigued?

Let’s take a look!

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Gregory CiottiGregory Ciotti