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April 7, 2022


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 microsite that can be linked from an email signature or footer. Also known as Five — or Four, or Three, or Two.

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April 6, 2022


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.

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April 4, 2022


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.”

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April 1, 2022


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:

  • to spend 3 hours on his most important current project, having defined some kind of specific goal for the progress he aims to make on it that day;
  • to complete 3 shorter tasks, usually urgent to-dos or “sticky” tasks he’s been avoiding, usually just a few minutes each (he counts calls and meetings here, too); and
  • to dedicate time to 3 “maintenance activities”, things that need his daily attention in order to keep life running smoothly.

Simply powerful, right?

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March 31, 2022


#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.”

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March 31, 2022


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.

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March 29, 2022

THE 90/90/1 RULE

“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.

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March 28, 2022


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:

  • The social utility of money comes at the direct expense of growing money: Wealth is what you don’t see.
  • Rich man in the car paradox.
  • Under-appreciating the power of compounding, driven by the tendency to intuitively think about exponential growth in linear terms.
  • Optimism bias in risk-taking, or “Russian Roulette should statistically work” syndrome: An over attachment to favorable odds when the downside is unacceptable in any circumstance.

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March 28, 2022


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:

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March 25, 2022


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?

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