Why I’m loving …. Momentum app

I was tipped off about the Momentum app thanks to the weekly email from Tim Ferris. It's works of a very basic principle - guilt. Install and when you open a new tab in Chrome (presumably to waste time noodling around on Facebook) a full page picture appears asking for your name, email and "What is your main focus for today?". Complete these simple requests and each time you open a new tab you will see a full screen version of this.   Nice huh? it's a different background Read more [...]

Hitting walls with a project? Going in circles? Try the Stuck Wheel

There are times in projects when you get completely stuck. You may find yourself going in circles, with a million reasons why you can't continue. These could be the fault of the client, overload of tasks, or a general bad feeling about how it's all progressing. For example you're: waiting for more information from someone else not enjoying the project struggling to understand the clients needs overwhelmed by too many tasks Every way you turn there is another reason NOT to progress, Read more [...]

If you needed any more proof that I am a data visualisation and productivity nerd …

In order to keep track of the various projects, I use an Excel spreadsheet. This calculates project hours, rates etc. The spreadsheet breaks each day down into 30 minute blocks, into which I paste a coloured block and code - which helps calculate the running totals. As well as being useful - it also generated this bonus visualisation! I started this in Oct 2013 - So now, I present, my work diary from Oct 2013 - Dec 2014.   Read more [...]
10 Ways I Stay Productive

10 Ways I Stay Productive

As a freelancer it's very easy to fall into bad habits - working from home, lots of different projects and being my own boss means long days of low productivity, and no clear division between work time and free time. Since I left my "proper" job in 2009 I've been trying a host of ways to get things done - these are the things I've learnt work for me. 1. Find Your Work Hours It's taken me a while but I've found I am super productive early in the morning - irrespective of how tired I am. I had Read more [...]
Moseley Exchange –  a new way (for me) to work

Moseley Exchange – a new way (for me) to work

  Since I started working for myself, I've been on a hunt for that *perfect* place to work. I tried the various coffee shops around Birmingham (read my findings here) but working in a coffee shop 5 days a week is not financially viable. (In order to stay in a coffee shop guilt-free all day you'd need to buy at least 3 drinks and some food  - totting up a daily spend of around £10.) Plus all that coffee isn't good for you. I experimented with a bunch of other locations and blogged Read more [...]
7 work locations for the home working freelancer

7 work locations for the home working freelancer

As a stay-at-home freelancer, I'm always looking for different places to work. It's a perk of the job that you can take your laptop anywhere, so here are my favourite places to get stuff done INSIDE THE HOUSE 1. Bed Good for blogging, social networking and social sharing/bookmarking This is a surprisingly productive place to work. It's comfy - so why would you get up an wander off somewhere else? Any attempt to move will result in a cable-duvet tangling scenario it's relaxed Read more [...]