How to Feel On Top of Everything

There are no two ways about it: organization is a skill. It’s not something that comes naturally to everyone, and yet finding ways to make order out of chaos is an essential part of finding success. Too often, your life can start to feel overwhelming, as personal, financial, family and work concerns all start to pile in on each other. It can be hard to know where to begin. In fact, getting a bit more organized in how you approach these hurdles can be the difference between coping with them masterfully, or letting them get the better of you. Here are three ways to help yourself by prioritizing and organizing key areas.

Space

You might not realize it yet, but the space around you is fundamental to your mental health and how you’re able to approach the world. A messy, disorganized work area makes it much harder for your brain to concentrate on tasks, and more likely to get distracted. Before attempting to tackle the problems in front of you, always make sure you’re working in a clean, tidy, organized space. This can be difficult if you live in a small apartment, or somewhere you’re not happy with. Overcome this by choosing a nook in your home and decorating or arranging it into a peaceful corner that you feel comfortable spending time in. By creating this space for yourself, you will be saving time later on by being able to focus your thoughts without the outside distraction of mess and chaos.

Money

Financial worries, whatever your age or situation, can take up an enormous amount of mental energy. After all, money is connected to almost every area of your life. Aside from needing it to remain in a stable position with your home and health, it also allows you to eat well, socialize with your friends, and generally enjoy the quality of life you need. For all these reasons, feeling pressure over money, whether through bills or loans, can be highly distracting. It’s important to take these money worries by the throat – use a DTSS review or another method to see what could help you to reduce your loans – and get started on achieving fiscal stability. Once you are comfortable with your finances, your mind will be liberated to think about other things, and you will find that your productivity shoots through the roof.

Time

Time is the ultimate barrier, and we all wish there were a few more hours in the day. Sadly, that’s probably not within your power to fix. Some people try to create more time by working late or rising early, but that too is an inefficient strategy – without decent sleep, your brain won’t be as effective, and you will take longer to accomplish simple tasks. No, the best way to maximize your time is simply to organize it. If you have multiple separate tasks to accomplish, create a schedule, and block off sections of time to deal with each task. This will help you focus, and stop you from jumping between tasks as you’ll know you will work on each one eventually.

3 Ways Your Lack of Organization is Holding You Back as a Freelancer

In an age where many of us have been working from home for over 6 months, the lifestyle of a freelancer may seem more appealing than ever. After all, you’ve probably (by necessity) already mastered the skills that are necessary to work productively from home. Why not take advantage of the extra freedom, autonomy and sense of purpose that freelancing affords? Nonetheless, while you may think yourself perfectly equipped to make a rewarding and lucrative career as a freelancer, living this way is to truly take the training wheels off. You will either survive or thrive based on your productivity. It’s your responsibility to wring the most out of every working day and remain consistently productive. No boss will be checking up on your work. No line manager will brief you with the day/ week’s work. You’ll be solely responsible for sourcing your own work, building a strong client base and delivering the operational excellence that keeps them coming back.

And that means you need to be at your peak in terms of organization, both digital and physical. If your working days as a freelancer are long, frustrating and less profitable than they should be, it may be because a lack of organization is holding you back. More specifically…

You’re not making use of automation tools

As a freelancer, you need to spend as much time as possible doing the things you get paid for. But at the same time, you know that your responsibilities do not end there. You need to invest in advertising your brand and building a reputation upon which you can build a client base. You need to do your own book keeping and other admin to keep yourself tax compliant. You need to create, send and chase invoices. And all of this administration can seriously eat into your billable hours. Fortunately, there are a wealth of digital tools that allow you to automate your way to more productive, more focused and less stressful working days. For instance, you can save time every day with Google Ads scripts, so you can get your name out there without giving up your valuable time. You can use all kinds of automated bookkeeping and accounting tools to make tax compliance easy. You can use the same solutions to generate faster and more uniform invoices. So you spend less time working hard and more time working smart (and profitably).

 

Your desk is disorganized 

Even something as simple as the state of your desk can have a prodigious effect on your productivity as a freelancer. And you may be able to convince yourself that it’s actually your highly idiosyncratic filing system… but honey, I’ve heard it all before. And what you have on your desk is clutter-plain and simple! Clutter is never conducive to a productive, harmonious and profitable working day. It’s visually distracting, for one thing, constantly interrupting your train of thought. It can slow down your working processes (be honest-how long have you spent looking for the piece of paper you were sure was under your coffee coaster?). Furthermore, clutter can actually exacerbate stress and make it harder for you to stay focused. Something as simple as a desk tidy, in out tray or some sort of filing system for your paperwork can make a huge difference in how productive (and profitable) your days can be. In short, there’s no way a freelancer can have an optimally productive working day with a desk that looks like a bomb’s hit it!

 

You’re not organizing your time effectively

You start the day with the very best of intentions. But in your zeal, you make the mistake of diving headlong into your work every morning without the slightest idea of how you’re going to spend your day. You just plough into one task after another after another until either your workload is finished or your partner calls you away from your desk because the work day was over 3 hours ago and it’s time for dinner. The last thing you should do every day is plan the day after. Work out what you’re going to do in 2-3 hour increments, and ensure that you plan meaningful breaks throughout your working day. Your brain is just like any other part of your body. It gets tired and needs to rest. You wouldn’t spend 2 hours at the gym doing nothing but bench presses, right? So make sure you make time to put your brain on ice while you enjoy a walk or a coffee. You may find that using software like Asana helps you to break your day down into discrete tasks and mark them down as you go.

 

When it comes to making the most out of your days as a freelancer, a little organization can go a very long way!

 

3 Unique Investments To Try Your Hand At

If you enjoy the thrill of trying to make your savings account work more aggressively for you, the chances are that you are not happy with the woefully low-interest rate on your savings. You want to be proactive and find new investment opportunities that can see your retirement fund or nest egg grow faster. Spreading your investments to create a diverse and less risky portfolio is crucial. The tried and tested methods of investing are viable, but you should also check out these more unique and exciting ways to invest your hard-earned cash.

Stocks And Shares

If you thought the ‘buy, buy, buy!’ and the ‘sell, sell, sell!’ were just for suited and booted professional investment bankers, think again. In the twenty first century, trading has become more accessible to the masses. If you have a laptop and a WiFi connection, you could try your hand at trading currencies, investing in the stock market or buying commodities. If you don’t know where to start, consider share CFDs, allowing you to hook up with a broker and trade the shares that they offer. You have a huge amount of flexibility, choosing when to your leverage or whether its a long or short position. 

Alternatively, you might fancy a foray in Forex, buying yen against the dollar and selling sterling against the krona. You need to keep an eye on the markets and work out the trends and market forecasts. If you don’t have any experience of this sort of trading, you can open up a dummy account and have a practice before taking the plunge for real.

Wine

If you love a tipple of the latest fashionable chardonnay or rioja, why not consider investing in some vintage labels? Find a label and vineyard that has produced some excellent quality tipples. Do your research and see which years produced the best wines. Buy a fine vintage and keep it. You need to think of wine like antiques or art – the more scarce they get, the more desirable and sought after they become. Store the wine in a cellar or ask a professional to store it for you. Before long, that 1989 vintage shiraz that you have locked away could be worth a small fortune.

Property

While property has been the go-to asset that amateur investors have sought to accrue more money from for their nest egg, you don’t have to go down the buy-to-let route. While purchasing a second property to rent out long term is viable, you might be in for a more lucrative return if you purchase a potential holiday home. Opt to purchase a pad in a desirable location near the coast or near a tourist hotspot and you could charge a premium in the height of the summer season. In just six months you could earn over double what you would with a simple buy to let near to where you live over twelve months. Consider it as a double asset as when it is not rented out, it is a readymade place to head to relax and unwind for you and your brood.

Investing needn’t be boring. Take a look at these unique investments to inspire your foray in financial freedom.