Freelance Diary

Time flies doesn’t it? I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started bullet journaling.

The beginning of my bullet journaling

This is what I’ve learned so far:

  1. All you need is a pen and a notebook. That’s it. It can be any notebook. It does not need to be fancy. You probably already have what you need, just look around the house. Then if it works for you, you can upgrade gradually.
  2. Look for inspiration, but keep your needs in mind as well. It’s easy to get lost in all the images on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. At the end of the day, your notebook has to suit your needs.
  3. You get to format your journal your way. If you don’t like how a layout turned out, you can always change it on the next page.
  4. If you “mess up” a page, cover it up and move on.  This journal is only for you. The whole world does not need to know about your mistake unless you show it to them
  5. It’s a journey, not a race. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the layouts and etc. I’ve been at this over a year and I’m still learning. Don’t feel that you have to get it right from the start. In the end, you will find what formats work for you and what doesn’t and you’ll adjust as you need to.

The present of my bullet journaling

Have you started bullet journaling?  Please comment below about your lessons and insights.

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I was reading my feeds and one of my clients below summed it up perfectly. Not to mention how it fits so nicely with my cleaning binge. Sometimes it’s better to cut your losses rather than remain in an uncomfortable situation.

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Getting Divorced Or How I Learned That Some Clients Just Aren’t Worth It

When I launched my business 23 years ago it seemed like any client was a good client or maybe even a desired client or, at least, a name to help flesh out my very thin roster of business. Over the…

The Blatant Truth Weblog: tips and commentary from Adrian Miller author of “The Blatant Truth: 50 Ways to Sales Success.”

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Since I’m still lagged, I thought It would be best to post some “Working” links I found useful over the past few weeks.

Yellow hard hat on white background with reflection

Business Owners are Always Looking for a Job – As a Business Owner, one can never truly rest especially on vacations and holidays. Adrian Miller voices her option on why business owners are always loking for thr next opportunity.

How to Handle Difficult People – Every working person had to deal with a difficult person at one point in their professional career. This article has tips on how to deal and when to know when its time to move on.

10 Requirements for Working with Clients in Other Countries – Another inevitable fact is having to work with people from other countries. This articles maiy discusses working with clients, but the tips can be applied to any situation.

Remote Working from Anywhere – I found myself working from my family reunion. I admit working with family members all arround can have its challenges, but there were some days where I was able to have the place to myself and work.

Lastly, a Tip for this Tuesday morning that we will all need (except those still on v-k), Monday Morning Productivity Jump Start. I will be using these tips today (Monday) since business owners ever really have a day off.

Have a good Labor Day everyone.

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Clean Baseball with grass and white background

Clean Baseball with grass and white background

Hope your Father’s Day was a good one.  As for mine, my own father is a little miffed because his team lost a certain interleague baseball series. If you are in a city or region with 2 MLB teams, you understand what I mean.

Anyway, without further delay:

Moleskine Kindle Cover – I’ve written before about my Moleskine notebook. Moleskine is responding  to the times with it new cover for the Kindle.  Is this a sign of more things to come?

Why I love Contract Work – Do I really need to give an explanation on this? If your looking for one, or you haven’t read my blog long enough, read this.

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After a busy few weeks, I finally am able to catch up on reading my feeds. One post stuck close to home, Web Working Your Way Through a Personal Crisis.

I have written about my crisis before, and how I dealt with it.

After I while, I realize that I can’t hide behind my problems.  Instead, I’m adapting to them and trying to make lemonade out of lemons.

For instance, I had to do errands for my grandmother and during downtime, I was able to use my fairly new broadband modem to do some light work.

Of course, there is no set method or formula for dealing with a crisis. The only cure is time.

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If you have been following me lately on Twitter, then you know that my site is experiencing growing pains. After over 10 years of having a website and having this blog for at least 4 of those years, I guess the timing for a move is inevitable.
So if you visit the website and you’re not able to view it you know why.

At least this will be the true test of my new service, since I now have the opportunity to be my own client.

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“Just another manic Monday”, I told myself as I woke up and getting got my coffee. I noticed my cordless phone that said “Connecting…” meaning that it could not find the signal.

“Great, just what I need with a conference call at High Noon!”  What was I going to do?

I then called my father, master of all things communication and tech (in my book, at least) and he reminded me to use the “old school” corded phone I had for the call.

So I picked up the phone to make sure I had a dial tone, disconnected the landline phone from its usual place and connected it to the modular jack near my desk and I was ready to roll with 5 minutes to spare.

The lesson here, always have a landline phone stashed away, you never know when you may need it.

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