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The Problem: Email takes too long to respond to, resulting in continuous inbox overflow for those who receive a lot of it.
The Solution: Treat all email responses like SMS text messages, using a set number of letters per response. Since it’s too hard to count letters, we count sentences instead.
That’s the key idea behind the Sentenc.es microsite that can be linked from an email signature or footer. Also known as Five Sentenc.es — or Four, or Three, or Two.
Do you want to learn coding? Stop right here: freeCodeCamp is an amazing free resource with over 40,000 graduates since 2014 and more than 5 million subscribers to their YouTube channel packed with tutorials and technical courses.
Creative Boom has published a list of 20 independent magazines that every creative should have on their coffee table — as a source of inspiration:
“As any creative professional will tell you, the more inspiration we can soak up, the better. But as we can't get out and see the world as much as we'd like, it's nice to have the world come to us.”
Oliver Burkeman, who writes books and The Imperfectionist newsletter about personal productivity, has recently introduced his 3/3/3 technique. Every normal working day, his intention is:
Simply powerful, right?
#CreativeShelter provides creative industry jobs (incl. freelance ones) for refugees arriving in Czechia, Poland, Germany, Austria, and Slovakia:
“After the recent tragic events in Ukraine, we are witnessing thousands of people heading to central Europe looking for a temporary shelter. Not only do they need our help with transport and accommodation, they will also need to find a job that will provide them with money, give them a distraction from the terrible events at home and engage them in life in their new (temporary) shelter … We, as creative industry professionals, stand with those fleeing to safety.”
Another popular personal productivity approach among freelancers is the Most Important Task strategy (or MIT). It aims at prioritizing 1-3 key tasks a day towards accomplishing your most important goals. There are countless variations of MIT, e.g. by Leo Babauta.
“For the next 90 days, your first 90 minutes at work, make it focused on your single most important project,” explains Robin Sharma the principle behind The 90/90/1 Rule for people who struggle with focusing on their real long-term priorities. One of the simplest personal productivity methods out there.
If you are struggling with the psychological aspects of investing and personal finance in general, Morgan Housel wrote an insightful article on the subject in 2018, entitled The Psychology of Money. It was so successful, he later expanded its ideas into a bestselling book covering the same ground, more or less. Article highlights:
Following the publication of The Freelance Way by HarperCollins, Robert Vlach has been the guest of The Universe Writes — a series of online events with global writers organized by Prabha Khaitan Foundation and Siyahi in India. With Pavan Lall as a host, they have discussed the book, its writing and freelancing as a business. You can watch the full recording on YouTube:
The Freelance Creative has started a future-looking article series entitled The Future-Proof Freelancer. For example, its newest piece ponders a question What will the metaverse mean for freelance creatives?