How to Keep Your Life Organized 57

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Who doesn’t want to keep their life organized?

Living in clutter and chaos is exhausting, both physically and emotionally. It prevents us from being productive, it makes us waste time and leads to unnecessary worries.

Being disorganized, like most other behaviors in life, is a habit we’ve developed over the years, without even realizing. But we can unlearn it and build some of the habits organized people have that help them live a simple and happy life.

Here’s what you can do to let go of the clutter:

1. Use lists.

Make the most of to-do lists, or any other type of list, really.

Writing things down the moment they pop up in your head is a simple yet powerful technique that makes it easier to never forget a meeting, or even a simple task connected to your personal life.

2. 3 MITs.

Once you create a list of all the things you need to get done today, prioritize by putting the 3 most important items on top.

Then, work on them before you move onto anything less essential.

This way you’ll not only be more organized, but will make sure you’re always moving in the right direction and completing the things that will get you closer to your goals.

3. Keep your home clean.

A tidy home leads to a tidy mind. You’re more creative, productive and positive in an environment without any clutter or dirt.

So make sure you vacuum often enough, never leave your dishes stay in the sink, dust and wash surfaces almost daily, etc.

You don’t need to be the one doing all this. Make the most of the cleaning services in your area so that you can focus your time and energy on better things.

4. Put everything back in its place.

Whenever you take something, put it back there when you’re done using it. That will make your life so much simpler and you’ll never wonder where your left your keys, notebook, charger, or else.

5. Empty your inbox twice a day.

For a more organized life, take control of your inbox too so it doesn’t overwhelm you. Do it twice a day, maybe once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Answer the quick emails right away, schedule the others for later, add stuff to your to-do list, but take action about every item there.

6. Declutter your closet.

Most people never wear at least one-third of their clothes. Why don’t you dedicate this weekend to create more space in your home?

Take everything you haven’t worn in the last 6 months and simply give it away, give it to friends, neighbors or relatives, or even throw it away.

You’ll be amazed at how liberated you feel. Plus, choosing clothes in the morning will become a no-brainer with less options.

7. Review your days, weeks and months.

To be in control of every area of your life, you’ll need to track things and see when it’s time to make some changes.

What better way than to use an app or even a piece of paper to analyze how your day/week/month went.

Track everything, from your finances, workouts, quality and quantity of food, to your time, sleep, water intake, etc.

8. Automate.

Find the right tools for you that will save you time and worries. Let an app track your sleep and wake you up in the right sleep cycle, schedule reminders for deadlines and meetings, automate payments, workflow procedures, posting to social media, responding to emails, curating content online, and more.

9. Delegate.

Organize your time even more by letting others do some of the work that doesn’t require your role.

Divide the chores at home between all members of the household. Don’t say yes to every favor they ask you to do at work. Hire a virtual assistant if you have to.

Remember that you don’t need to do it all by yourself. That brings too much stress, and your time and resources are limited. There’s only so much you can handle and perform well at the same time.

10. Organize your desk.

Last but not least, bring some order to your desk, be it at home or at work. Don’t wake up just to see clutter and thus ruin your whole day. Organize it, have a place for everything, get some plants, throw away the old papers, business cards, envelopes, files and other items you don’t use.

So, that’s how you can keep your life organized and simplify it to the point where you’ll think more clearly, be more creative, productive and peaceful.

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How I Make Money from My Freelance Writing Services (And How You Can Do The Same) 20

How I Make Money from My Freelance Writing Services (And How Can You Do The Same)

I’ve been offering my freelance writing services professionally nearly 7 years now. And what started as a one-time project every now and then, has now turned into the online business that allows me to keep working remotely and operate globally, although I’m based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Forget about the competition, the broad niche you’re trying to enter and that it takes time to build a name for yourself. We live in the digital era and thanks to all its opportunities you can make a living as a freelance writer if you decide to.

Let me share the things that helped me make money from my freelance writing services. Maybe they can help you raise your prices, get started as a freelancer, or write and publish your first post today.

I started from the bottom.

I believe those following their passion, who are interested in becoming lifestyle designers and finding meaning in their days, should start from nothing.

Even if you have your family to support you, or connections in the field, or are given opportunities already, leave that behind and go ahead and build something on your own.

That’s important because the years you’ll dedicate to learning skills, making mistakes, getting to know your field and finding what works best are priceless. No business degree, internship, parent, easier career choice, or even initial capital, can do that for you.

The only millionaires I respect, for example, are the self-made ones. That’s because I’m all about self-improvement and it means following your own path. But first, defining and creating it.

If you decide you want to be a writer and to make money from that online, you need to invest years to get better at this and be able to call it your craft. You need a new mindset that will help you understand what your clients want and give them exactly that. And you need to be truly invested in doing it right as it’s all about providing value with your content, not making a few bucks.

You’ll build habits, find focus, work from home, ditch distractions, make sacrifices, and eventually start earning a bit. But you’ll be doing what you love. Then, there will be more doubts and challenges to overcome. Again, you’ll stay consistent if you’ve decided to make a living from your freelance writing services and achieve something bigger.

I make sure I cover topics I’m passionate about.

I believe anyone should be doing work they are passionate about. While the way you do it may vary, its main topic should be something you truly care about.

For me, that’s self-improvement, spiritual development and business growth. I have always been reading about this, and so it made sense to also start writing about them on my blog.

Such passion never goes away.

You take it with you whenever you write something, be it for a client, for a social media post, an email, or your own book.

Find your passions in life and make sure you incorporate them into your writing.

I build my portfolio every single day thanks to my blog.

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Building your portfolio is a never-ending process. Leave conventional wisdom aside and think of the way people do business online today.

It’s not about a polished resume or a ton of experience working for other people anymore. I don’t have that. In fact, English is my second language and I have no degree in Journalism or anything. What I have though, is more than 1000 articles on my blog (which eventually turned into an authoritative platform), each of which is written to provide value, to help those who find it through social media or search engines, to give advice and share my thoughts on the issues of life that I care about the most.

Such portfolio can only get better. The more things you publish under your name, including guest posts, then more you’ll have to share with your clients.

The way I do it when promoting my freelance writing services now is this: When I’m about to pitch someone who seems to be a good fit, I give them samples of relevant articles. That means I always make sure he wants me to write about topics that I’ve covered before. So I simply get 2-10 links, share them with the client and tell them this:

If you like any of these, I can provide the same quality for the work I’ll do for you.

Simple as that. And I do keep my promise. Also, there are no wrong expectations here as I will do for them what I’ve done before for my own projects.

If you’re wondering how to become a writer and offer your freelance writing services, start a blog today, write about whatever it is you’re interested in and share it with the world.

I make it a win-win situation.

There are many parties involved when you do work for a client. First, there’s you. Then, there’s the client. But there’s also the reader this content will eventually get to.

Whether you’re writing something for a company or an individual, you’re helping them grow their business, improve their online presence, build a following, sell their products or services, or educate their audience. Whatever it is, your content matters. Keep in mind everyone your writing is going to affect and let that inspire you to be a better freelancer.

I enjoy the process.

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Because I started my freelance career in order to have an enjoyable lifestyle, not the other way around, I do make sure I take a step back every now and then and evaluate the situation.

I’m a lifestyle designer. That’s why I started working online, doing what I love, left my home country and relocated to Amsterdam, Netherlands, but still operate globally and work from home.

I need that freedom and independence in order to be doing my best work, to keep my focus and to have peace of mind. Without them, I won’t be able to make my clients happy.

That’s why you should enjoy the process as a freelance writer. Even the unpleasant moments. It’s a journey with ups and downs. But no one had it easy.

I stopped underselling my freelance writing services.

I wasn’t charging much in the beginning and that’s okay. I believe every freelance writer makes this mistake when they start out. It’s because of the competition, wanting to please every client, being scared you’ll never make more money out of this, not being confident enough in your writing, etc.

The only way to overcome this barrier is to do more of the work only you can do. As your reputation grows and you see you have enough clients, you’ll start saying ‘no’ to low prices and will learn to ask for what you deserve.

I diversified my income.

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Freelance writing goes together with a lot of insecurity. From not getting paid on time (or at all), to not finding new clients, not meeting a deadline, not scaling, or else. If you don’t do something about it, this will cost you your precious focus and creative energy. And as a writer, you need these with you all the time.

So, I made sure to diversify my income. In my case, it was thanks to my blog, growing it and monetizing it by offering sponsored posts.

For you, it will be different. I sell my books on Amazon too, do affiliate marketing and many other things on the side. But these aren’t a significant part of my monthly income.

I make half of my money by selling my freelance writing services. Which means that even if I don’t necessarily find enough clients soon, or something else happens, I’d still make it until I get back on my feet.

Find your other income stream that will help you stop worrying too much and focus on doing what you do best.

I’m picky with my clients.

Saying ‘yes’ to every project that comes your way means you’re desperate to make some money, don’t have priorities and are trying to please everyone. I made big changes to my approach when I started being serious about selling my freelance writing services.

For a start, I ditched the clients who didn’t pay on time. From then on, I set the right expectations from the very first chat we had and discussed all the details such as payment, deadline, whether they would require me to make changes to the articles, etc. All these matter and after doing it for years, you start noticing recurring issues. But when you talk about each one prior to working together, it’s all good.

I’m absolutely okay with rejecting clients or projects that seem big or tempting in some way. It’s because I know exactly who I want to be working with and can feel whether we’d be a good fit from the first few emails we exchange.

That’s been a game-changer for my work and freelance writing business. Some amazing individuals reach out to me personally because they liked the story I share on the About page of my site and decided to work together. Or because they saw my name on another platform, liked my work and now want something similar for their blog.

From clients like that, I get positive feedback, an enjoyable working experience, no pressure, honest communication, regular payments, good mood, and referrals. These are the people I can do a good job for. And while it’s not always easy to find them, it’s worth the wait.

These are the things I did to be able to make a full time living from my freelance writing services. It took me years and a lot of mistakes, but you can do it differently. Stop being afraid to ask for more. Go build your portfolio, learn everything you can about the topic you’re covering. Be confident when you pitch potential clients and see how big opportunities are coming your way.

If you have a question about this, or if you’re interested in hiring me to help you out with content creation for your business, don’t hesitate to reach out.