Productivity has been on my mind a lot lately. Last fall, I decided I was going to figure out (once and for all) how I can be more productive in my work and family life. I read tons of books and really thought about lots of aspects of productivity — like when I have the most energy and the types of projects that make me the happiest. But much of the advice I received was geared towards people working regular 9-to-5s.
Imagine how thrilled I was to come across John Soare’s blog Productive Writers. Here, in one place, was advice directed just to me! It was like the icing on the cake, and I eagerly devoured the advice he gave.
As a mathy, I know that a few calculations could help me maximize my productivity. (Some of that advice is in my book, Math for Writers.) So I asked John if he’d like a guest post about merging income and career goals. In this post, I look at how you can use your income goals to make significant decisions about your career — like working only 11 months out of the year or writing a book.
About John Soares
John Soares has been a freelance writer since 1992. He’s completed over 300 projects for college textbook publishers, written over 100 outdoors articles for magazines and newspapers, and authored three hiking guidebooks, including 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California, third edition. He discusses writing, marketing, and time management at ProductiveWriters.com. At ProductiveWriters.com, John Soares shows freelance writers how to get high quality work done quickly, how to get paid well, and how to market their products and services.
What if you could meet your income goals while only working 20-30 hours a week? What would you do with that extra time? Spend it with your family and friends? Get more exercise? Travel? Or, if you want, work more and sock the money into savings or pay down your credit cards or squirrel it away for your kids’ college education. John’s online, self-paced course, Find Your Freelance Writing Niches: Make More Money for Less Work, offers freelance writers the secrets of specializing, including why you should specialize, how to find your niche and what to do once you choose a specialization.