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5 ways to have your most productive fall ever
Monday, October 13, 2014 (All day)

Fall brings with it the best of work intentions. Maybe it's the back-to-school vibe or the season change -- or maybe it's just a good excuse to start fresh. Whatever the reason, here are five tips to help you capitalize on the feeling and have your most fruitful fall yet.

1. Schedule time for prospecting. Fall is generally a busy time for freelancers. When business is booming, it's all-too-easy to forget to keep hustling. To avoid this, schedule time weekly -- or biweekly -- that you'll dedicate to hunting for new clients. Your future self will thank you. 

2. Get in touch with old clients. Review the clients you've worked for over the past year and see if there's a way you can continue the working relationship. Getting more work might be as simple as putting together a pitch or letting them know you're available. 

3. Network. Love it or hate it, networking is a fact of life for successful freelancers. Making an effort can literally pay dividends as you just might meet someone who becomes a client for years and years. (At worst, it will get you out of your home office for a couple hours.) 

4. Limit your social media usage. While Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc., can be advantageous for building your brand, excessive time spent surfing is not. During working hours, aim to use social media for work-related purposes -- and then log out.

5. Get organized. Does having a white board to list your daily to-dos help keep you on track? Is it colour coding your monthly wall calendar to illustrate when needs to get done and by when? (Maybe that's just me.) For many, it's project management software. Whatever your organization sweet spot is -- use it daily. Staying on top of your workload will increase your focus as you'll always have a solid idea of where you stand. 

Do you have any tried and true productivity tips? Share them in the comments section below. 

PWAC Toronto Chapter blog co-editor Vanessa Santilli is a Toronto-based freelance writer who covers personal finance, health and spirituality. She has written for a variety of magazines, newspapers and websites, along with corporate clients. 

- Vanessa Santilli


Put hard limits on the time

Put hard limits on the time you can devote to something that's been hanging over you. It's amazing what you can get done when you only have 1 hour.

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