Wednesday, 17 January 2018

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Freelancing

Things I knew before freelancing

Having lived a corporate life for 15 years, I believed it would be great to be my own boss and set my own work times. I thought of testing waters as a freelancer after tying the knot as I wanted to ensure I spent enough time at home.
Though I made the decision to freelance, based on the little I knew. It was not a well-planned move. Surely you must have done something like that; else you would not be reading this.
I did not know the number of hours required to complete a job, or the payment terms, as I was content getting projects. Without a mentor, things were difficult. Lack of information made things difficult and jumped in unprepared. Here are the 10 things I wish I knew before freelancing.
  • Mentor or guide
Initially, I knew a few things about freelancing; not knowing how to withdraw funds from PayPal or Skrill (never required it during corporate life). Clients often ran away with payments for the assignments completed.
I sought advice from my husband regarding a few things or at times when I was low and needed some motivation. It is best to research and seek a mentor who can be your guide.
  • Padding work hours
I constantly placed bids and struggled, completing jobs without contemplating each job had a different workflow and may require some extra time to accommodate proofreading and a few other things that were unpredictable.
Over time, I began projecting extra hours to account for the unpredictable. This helped me and the clients to set the right expectations and an achievable timeline.
  • Never work for free
When I began working, I wrote sample articles wherein some clients did not pay for them. They claimed the articles were not up to the mark or they simply did not want to pay. Some suggested articles would spruce my portfolio.
I happen to search Google for my articles, this helped me to get the pay for those published (though they were not in my name).
  • Set work hours
Having a number of jobs and working relentlessly for up to 18 hours a day, jumping from project-to-project without focus, burned me out most of the time. I began refusing a few well-paying clients and took a few days off work. However, this did not work. I was busy, but not efficient or productive.
As a freelancer, I overlooked the leverage to work out my day and choose the number of clients I wish to work with. It is best to say ‘No’ to be efficient and productive. Now, I work a few hours every day and split my time 4 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the evening.
I heard about the Pomodoro technique of time management which helped me a lot.
  • Charge more; ensure you are comfortable
Talking money makes me uncomfortable. Charging less will be an injustice to other freelancers. I did a constant research on the prices freelancers were charging. Constant encouragement and advice from my partner helped set a price based on my skills. I increase the rates every year now as I get new clients.
  • Do not work, until the client makes a bank deposit
Ensure the client will make a deposit in your bank account before you begin work. Make sure your bid/contract stipulates that you will not begin work until an initial deposit has been made in the account. It is important to be protective of your work and time.
  • Use bookkeeping and invoicing
Bookkeeping will help you manage your projects and forecast your goals, ensure your payments from several clients. With the tools like Excel and software in place, you will spend less time managing it. It frees up your time to work better.
  • Carve time for your own projects
Give time to your own projects; experiment, read or learn new things. Free up your time to build a personal website and manage it or create a professional looking LinkedIn profile, as it may serve as a great resource for jobs.
  • Work with freelancing job sites
Look for freelance jobs on sites like Upwork or Freelancer, it was a great experience. Initially, I was hesitant, however, the secured payments boost my confidence.
The process may seem frustrating, however, there are several tips to win the bid. It is important to follow instructions mentioned in the project, pick projects carefully and choose the ones that excite you, not anything at random. Add some personality to your bid and covering letter, add proof and samples, bid higher.
You must try new projects and it is a great way to test the waters and learn more, however, do this with caution; do not overdo this. I believe in taking action, even if it is imperfect.
  • Do not depend on one client
Work with several clients instead of just one. Today, though there are several different clients I work with, it is dry occasionally. It is a good practice to look for new projects and work on them, even if they are minor projects. Let go of low paying clients, do not fear losing work at the cost of quality.
You will have to find new different clients all the time who pay better to ensure you get a steady paycheck. Line up work constantly so in case a contract ends you still have projects to work on.
A time came when I realized my mistakes and understood the difference between being productive and busy. I learned to focus on just three or four things on my to-do list and found it was difficult to multi-task as it took longer to complete the tasks. Now, I focus and get things done, giving 100%, take my nap and get my 8 hours of sleep. I have set my priorities. How about you? This is everything I learned. Did you experience anything different and would like to add.? Share in the comments.
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Today you can get help is here, consultants, independent contractors, the self-employed, “solopreneurs,” and everyone else living a freelancer’s life will never be unknown. Be a part of a strong and vibrant community. I recommend you buy and read the book by Sara Horowitz. It’s the one-stop, all-encompassing guide to the challenge of being a nimble, flexible, and successful freelancer: the three essentials of getting clients and the three most important ways to keep them happy and achieving financial freedom.
Here is another book worth reading if you want to be a freelance writer. This essential guide by Zachary Petit will work as a road-map to a fruitful and rewarding freelance life.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Spend or Save? How & Why You Should Do Either

Have you thought about how you handle money the way you do? I am a ‘saver’ and feel immense pleasure in knowing the amount saved and feel discomfort when spending. On the other hand, you may be an impulsive shopaholic and pay little attention to the future needs. Saving and spending are two sides of the same coin. This is a tricky dilemma for many, as our fathers and forefathers tell us to save for the rainy day.
However, it is okay to spend a little and enjoy the short life we have. Most people are nervous about spending money and outliving their money. According to Warren Buffet, “Spend what is left after saving”.

Here are 3 reasons why you should ‘Save’.

Financial Independence

For many people “being rich or wealthy” means having financial independence. It means a heart and mind free from all ‘What-ifs’ of life and savings to depend on. Financial freedom means having the liberty to make life’s choices and remaining wealthy. This is possible with the knowledge about money.
For some, it could mean the ability to go on a vacation whenever you want or have the option to leave work and go back to school or start your own business. For me, financial independence means having the potential and capability to invest in someone else’s business. To someone else, it may mean taking up a less financially beneficial but a satisfying job. It would mean retiring with a less stressful, secure life with enough reserves for the future.
Financial independence does not depend on a paycheque. It makes you feel rich beyond imagination. Moreover, it gives you the ability to live a lifestyle you desire. You would not need to rely on anyone for money or work for it.

Unforeseen Expenses & Emergencies

The savings often come handy at the time of emergencies or unforeseen expenses like car repairs, home, and appliance repairs or illness. A recent study by Bankrate suggests, 41% people turn to savings in case of sudden costs. They do not rely on banks to lend them money for such expenses. It is often better to anticipate and prepare for such situations. As many as 28% of the silent generation take care of surprise expenses and use credit cards to pay for it.
Emergencies happen and are usually untimely. For example, A member of the family may fall ill, you may need to travel, harsh weather conditions may cause damage to property or a funeral. These emergencies are big-ticket, and so it is better to equip ourselves, be self-sufficient and self-reliant if possible rather than become a target.

To Have a Good Life
Living from day-to-day or paycheque to paycheque is stressful - emotionally, psychologically and physically. When people don’t save, it is imminent, they often run from “crisis” to “crisis.”
Happiness comes from organizing and planning. However, it does not mean that just organizing everything will make us happy, nevertheless, it helps. When the future is uncertain, putting aside savings, taking charge of future and any financial apprehensions are organizing. Saving will make you better off in the future.

Here are three reasons you must ‘Spend’.

Make More Money

Spending money is imperative and when you spend intelligently you can earn more money. More earnings help in saving more. It is a cycle. You do not need to spend all your earnings, that will be foolish. We save to spend and enjoy life so the main idea is to save and spend wisely. Spending money on important things is imperative, like buying a house.

Live Life’s Experiences

We earn money to spend, but it depends on what you would choose to spend on. Many people spend money on gaining life’s experiences. This could be by traveling, cruising or adventure sports and creating wonderful memories, like photographs and souvenirs.

Living life ‘Today’

Most important of all the reasons to spend is the reason to live life ‘today’. You will save for tomorrow, how about spending money for today? Living life 'today' is important. Life is knotty when lessening debt - ‘cut expenses, spend small, save more’. However, that does not mean you will not spend money to live a penny-pinching life. This necessitates spending on today and preparing for tomorrow.
When you take steps to spend wisely, you will make more money to save more. If you begin today by keeping aside some money from each pay cheque in a savings account, you will have reserve funds up to $1,000 and more with time. Put aside bonuses and refunds as savings and as life transpires, funds may dip. You need to build it up with some work.
Spend and/or save enthusiastically and welcomingly, else you will miss out on the great benefits of saving and spending wisely.


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Here are a few banks you can buy and save for almost every occasion. 
 You can get this black Prinz Rainy Day Bank with an exclusive design and slot for money on the top.

 I am sure you would love this Engraved Honeymoon Fund Shadow Box made of Blackwood when you are saving for your honeymoon. You can even personalize it with your names.

If that is not your style, here is Young's Adventure Fund Suitcase Buckle Wooden Travel Savings Bank. I am sure you love this one, especially if you are saving for an adventure trip.

Here is one I recommend if you are saving for education, Prinz 'Tuition Donations Accepted' Wood bank.

This mini lock box is great! If you are looking for a small compartment to stash money from your yard sale and save it for later.

Make saving for your next big purchase fun with Cypress Home Family Vacation Wooden Shadow Box Bank.

Teach your children to great money habits with this  Save Spend Share Piggy Bank for Kids.


Saturday, 6 January 2018

9 Ways You Can Manage Time & Stop Losing It

It is the beginning of the year and time for New Year resolutions. I am sure you have made some resolutions like I do every year. As a freelancer, each year I try to ensure I manage my time and balance my work-life better.

If you are a freelancer or are just beginning your career as one, your top concern must be - how to balance it all. You work full/part-time and need to have a life, take care of yourself (and a family if you have one) both mentally and physically.

I am no exception, with a small family. It is important to manage a social life, get enough sleep, read a book to my kid every night and lose the extra fat I keep gaining. At first, it felt like everything falling apart, but it was important to maintain my sanity. Balance means to make choices and enjoy it so here’s how I balance my freelance career.

  • Maintain a to-do list
I do this early morning before everyone wakes up. It helps me manage my day better. Every day create a to-do list. It helps in prioritizing tasks based on deadlines and urgency. The more you work, the less effective and productive you will become - short and long-term.
I recommend you try these To-do lists, not only do they look cute, but help you set priorities. You can easily keep up-to-date with daily tasks.
Image courtesy Amazon

  • Write your priorities and goals
I have a list of goals, resolutions, and priorities, whatever you would like to call it. It keeps me on track. You can decide how to best manage your time.
I recommend making use of the Lucky life planner to set goals, get things done, as a productivity planner and balance your life and be accountable. That is our main aim. You can use it to handle common life challenges with innovative tools such as the Habit builder, Decision maker, Mood booster, Creativity booster, Belief Changer and much more.
  • Plan and protect your time
I dislike spontaneous plans. Though they are fun; they are productivity killers. It is better not get into the habit of making spontaneous plans. This does not mean you should work overtime, it will also kill productivity. If you work 6 hours daily, shorten your work week to 5 days to increase productivity. It will also give you time to do other things you are passionate about (side hustle) or even spend time with your family.

  • Stay accountable
You can do this alone or with like-minded friends. Talk and discuss progress made and set the goals for the next month. This will help you imbibe habits from friends to stay accountable to your goals.

  • Know your most productive time of the day
I am most active early morning, so I wake up 3:30 AM and work until 6 AM. It helps me concentrate better sans distractions. Track and pay attention to when you are doing your best work. This is your best weapon in time management arsenal. You just need to work smarter. However, this does not mean I do not get my 8 hours of sleep and a power nap.

  • Create a system that works
Make use of apps, productivity-planners, to-do lists, systems, and ideas to get you through. Once you have tested it all, perfect it. Make it work for you. I make use of the 80-20 rule; avoid tasks that bring low or almost no results. Take in less work and produce better results (better pay) rather than taking in more work and getting lower results (and pay).

Automate tasks whenever possible. Nowadays, when I do something more than 5-6 times every day or week, I look for a program to do it for me. Hire experts, use apps and the Pomodoro technique to get you there. Time is money (most valuable commodity); spend money to make money. A bad system will kill you.

I recommend you use an hourglass sand timer. With the timer, it gets easy to track your work, measure your progress, and prevent burnout. The timer times you for half an hour of work and a solid 5-minute break so you can stay focused and productive for longer.
  • Scheduling/ mapping work
Map out your week on a Sunday or first thing Monday morning so you will know what the week is like. If you’re a beginner, create a “default template” with everything you do every week. Stop doing everything yourself, seek help when you need it. In my default template, I had:
  1. Breakfast/ lunch/ dinner cooking
  2. Cleaning (alternate days)
  3. Food shopping on Wednesdays
  4. Working
  5. Commuting
  6. Exercising/working out (twice a week)
  7. Reading
  8. Add appointments, engagements, and meetings once you know what your week looks like.
  • Build in time
Create time to work on your side hustle, goals, and priorities. Keep track of time, so you can steal some for yourself and pencil it in. I usually work on my side hustle once a week, usually Saturday/Sunday mornings. Snatch time to read; I do it after lunch when my kid is asleep and use my smartphone to share on social media.

  • Have a do-nothing time
I make sure to spend time with my family, call family once a week (it's a ritual we follow). Allocating time to each area of my life and following it helps me balance work and life better. Life does not get done with somehow; you will have to work it out.

Essential time management apps and tools
Time management apps and tools
With the right combination of all apps and tools, you can manage your time better. You must experiment, prioritize, focus and stay accountable to manage time and stop losing it. Time is non-refundable and there is no way out but to manage it intentionally. Change your relationship with work. Unless you manage time, you can manage nothing else. Get to work today and make time work for you. How do you manage your time and live life? Share in the comment section.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Discover Ways to Hustle Successfully

Discover ways to hustle successfully
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” - Abraham Lincoln
“Hustle” carries a distinct energy. It means different things to different people. I hustle every day only in pursuit of happiness. If you are hustling you are motivating, inspiring, and captivating. A lot of people hustle and burn out. They eventually stop hustling or making progress.

To get there, where you want, you need to hustle. If you like to be more successful, discover how to hustle with these ten habits.

  1. Don’t half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing. Even if they are handling several long-term projects at a time, they devote time passionately to the tasks at hand.
  2. Building a sustainable business is by caring for people and helping them by offering valuable and innovative solutions to relevant problems.
  3. Eliminate distractions that serve no purpose. Highly effective hustlers know refreshing their Facebook feed will not help build their business. They identify time-wasting and least satisfying activity and eliminate them premeditatedly. This includes unsubscribing from unnecessary emails, disabling text notifications, silencing their phone, and watching television.
  4. Don’t stress out about making mistakes. Highly effective hustlers know that failure teaches them to be successful. They can get ahead in spite of the occasional mistakes.
  5. Strive to improve continuously every day. Personal growth is important to avoid the state of monotony as it stagnates progress. Monotony kills their passion and inspiration for their hustle.
  6. Dream larger than life. Highly effective hustlers often pursue ideas bigger than themselves. They often remind themselves, “If it was meant to be easy, everybody would do it.” when they are stressed-out or doubt their judgment.
  7. Build a solid network for success with at least one mentor willing to offer guidance. Mentors give an occasional push in the right direction. Their network comprising of like-minded friends helps share their ideas with other people in order to get feedback on it.
  8. Be a strategist and foresee the outcome. Highly effective hustlers are outstanding strategists capable of foreseeing the outcome of their actions. They prepare themselves for everything that life throws at them.
  9. Embrace total authenticity. They embrace everything about themselves, including the awkward or weird. Effective hustlers create a genuine, unique and special emotional connection with everyone they work with.
  10. Do not quit or surrender. Highly effective hustlers follow the mantra, “You don’t lose until you quit, so don’t quit.” Success is not “quick” or “easy” and so they practice patience and let go of the need for instant gratification.
I hope you discover ways to hustle and achieve your goals successfully with these habits. Tell me which of these ways do you plan to put into practice. If you are thinking of a side hustle then here are a few lesser-known and well-known ideas(100+) Do you do anything differently? Happy hustling!

Read the book 'High Performance Habits' by Brendon Burchard. It is about the art and science of how to cultivate and practice these proven habits.

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

5 Little-known Side-hustle Ideas

5 Little-known side hustle ideas

Are you looking for a way to make some extra cash? A side hustle is an asset that works for you. It allows you the flexibility to pursue what you’re passionate about like a chance to delve into fashion, shoes, or gaming without quitting your day job. In my previous post, I have shared more than 100 side hustle ideas (click to read).

In this post, I will share with you little-known side hustles ideas to help you make extra cash, especially if you have no ideas or sell-able skills. It does not require much of your time as they work for you all the time.

My first little-known side hustle is called service arbitrageYou can find freelance services in-demand that are offered at a low price on freelancing websites to individual freelancers. Market the services to businesses that need it. Once you are successful in getting a sale, hire the freelancers to deliver the work for you.

You will make money by quoting a higher price to your clients than your freelancers and pocket the price difference as your profit. This is a variant of freelancing. You are outsourcing the work to other freelancers instead of working yourself.

All you need is marketing skills or an expertise in an area to turn it into a service that you can offer yourself on the side to earn some extra cash. You can read about Service arbitrage business here. It shows a step-by-step system you can follow to launch your service arbitrage business.

Here is another one - Online Arbitrage via Amazon FBA. It is an online variant of the service arbitrage. You can easily take advantage of it. Simply find the products in demand like accessories on Amazon for a lower price at retailers such as Walmart, Target, etc and purchase them in bulk.

Sell them on Amazon; it will manage everything for you including customer inquiries, refunds, and returns for orders on Amazon marketplaces, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This simple flipping can earn you at least a 6-figure income. It’s simple and easier than a garage sale. Click here for a complete guide to Online Arbitrage by Nate McCallister that will help you make more money on Amazon.

Now, if you are someone who likes doing nothing here is one more. Collect old, unwanted things from people, do the necessary patch-work and sell it at a higher rate. You do not need to shell a single penny for the product. Modify old and torn clothes to sell it online or offline. Most new trends are actually old trends (well, most of the time).

In an office, you must have noticed unused toner cartridges, imaging units, drum kits etc. piling up in the storage. You can choose to return them or sell toner cartridges for fast cash. They have quick service and the payout is up to $300 per toner.

Here is a fun side-hustle. You can be a game tester (click link) and earn $7 - $9 per game for your opinion. It only takes less than 30 minutes. Though it is not a massive amount of cash, it is fun.

If you love designing or drawing, then you will like this one. It is an online print-on-demand (POD) service, as on TeeSpringRedbubble, and Merch (managed by Amazon). Simply upload your artwork, product type, and color, price it, and add a product description. amazon will create a product page for you and when a customer buys your product on Amazon, they handle the production, shipping, and customer service with no upfront costs.

Aren't these simply amazing and little-known side hustles? Keep visiting for more ideas, you never know what I will come up with. If you have any, share them with me. Until then you can read 100+ side hustle ideas.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

100+ Amazing Side Hustle Ideas

Are you looking for ways to earn a few extra bucks with a side hustle? You'd likely encounter many strategies to mint money. Some sound like quick 'rich schemes'. But there is really no easy way out. You must hustle and bustle.

You may want to side hustle for various reasons:
  • Get out of debt
  • Pay bills
  • Save for college
  • Save for vacation
  • Extra spending money
  • Pay off student loans
  • Pay off your mortgage faster
Today, you can leverage the internet to making money. It is no longer a constant and never-ending struggle. Most of these ideas here on the list don’t need a huge investment or a highly specialized skill-set. However, in your spare time, they have the potential to earn you some extra income. Anyone can do it.

If you have not come up with any ideas to side hustle. Here is a list of side hustle ideas - online and offline.
  1. Affiliate marketing.
  2. Baking.
  3. Be a blogger.
  4. Drive for a transportation network company like Ola or Uber.
  5. Rent your space on Airbnb or any other online rental platform.
  6. Beauty consultant with Jafra, MayKay, Oriflame.
  7. Sell electronic parts and any used gadgets.
  8. Be a local craft vendor or online.
  9. Sell perishable goods like cookies, jams, and pickles.
  10. Sell products on eBay or Etsy.
  11. Be a magazine writer.
  12. Run errands on TaskRabbit or
  13. Be a virtual assistant.
  14. Pet sitting (check Rover).
  15. Babysitting.
  16. Be a DJ if you love music.
  17. Catering or a personal chef (join HireAChef).
  18. Be a mystery shopper for stores.
  19. Caregiving.
  20. Product review writer.
  21. Personal Shopper (like in the movie 'In Her Shoes').
  22. Offer organizing/cleaning services.
  23. Dog/Pet Trainer.
  24. Write a business proposal.
  25. Doula service.
  26. Massage service.
  27. Furniture making service.
  28. Ghostwriting service.
  29. Accounting/ Bookkeeping service for small businesses.
  30. Build niche websites.
  31. Junk hauling services (if you own a truck).
  32. Medical transcription.
  33. Modelling.
  34. Online survey.
  35. Click photographs and sell online.
  36. Photography service.
  37. Video making service.
  38. Car wash service.
  39. Car flipping service.
  40. Proofreading.
  41. Assemble a computer or repair one.
  42. Computer tutoring.
  43. Investment management services.
  44. Create an e-learning course (Udemy or Teachable).
  45. Tutor on Skype.
  46. Sports umpire.
  47. Teach a language.
  48. Counsel on Skype.
  49. Grooming services (people/pets).
  50. Personal trainer (weight loss, fitness, grooming).
  51. Resume writer.
  52. Tour guide.
  53. Start peer-to-peer lending service or join one like Lendingclub.
  54. Teach driving/ music lessons/ yoga (anything you are good at).
  55. Teach online or with pre-recorded lectures.
  56. Web Designing/ Logo designing/ business card designing.
  57. Food Taster (read here).
  58. Deliver goods/products/drugs (medication).
  59. Scriptwriter.
  60. Social media manager for small businesses.
  61. Part-time retail job.
  62. Party planner/manager.
  63. Get paid to answer professional questions.
  64. Do home renovations or decorating.
  65. Real estate agent.
  66. Intra-trade (requires you to invest and generate income).
  67. Be a brand ambassador.
Updated List on 13 December 2017.
  1. Install vending machines for corporates.
  2. Data entry work.
  3. Interpreter.
  4. Vehicle advertisement.
  5. Car detailing service.
  6. Teach martial arts.
  7. SEO services.
  8. Pest control service.
  9. Home Staging.
  10. Pressure washing.
  11. Gardening service.
  12. Teach the art of living.
  13. Lifeguard.
  14. Sperm donor.
  15. Mobile oil or tire-changer.
  16. Inbox Dollars pays to read emails, play games & watch TV.
  17. Shoveling snow.
  18. Sell your hair online.
  19. Create wigs.
  20. Develop apps.
  21. Guitar gigs.
  22. Create jingles.
  23. Translator.
  24. Voiceover artist.
  25. Carpool service.
  26. Mowing lawns.
  27. Rent a car service.
  28. Part-time jewelry designer.
  29. Painting service (like in American Pie2).
  30. Relay or type for people who need help(handicap).
  31. Cuddling service.
  32. Plasma donor.
  33. Etiquettes trainer.
  34. Be someone's friend 'rentafriend.'
  35. Write a white paper.
  36. Be an Online researcher or research assistant.
  37. Lead generation.
  38. Teach an accounting software.
Updated on 19 December 2017 - read my little-known hustles.

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click on one and complete a purchase, I will earn a commission. (Thank you for that!). However, this monetary relationship does not in anyway sway my recommendations, it’s something you should be aware of on this site and others online. As always, you should do your own due diligence before making any purchase decision.

Inspire yourself with these 10 real-world examples (in this book) of how regular people just like you and Nick Loper are earning side hustle income outside of traditional employment. Many have even turned these part-time ventures into full-time businesses.

Here is another book by Chris Gullibeau, with a detailed roadmap that will show you how to select, launch, refine, and make money from your side hustle in under a month. Read, What If It Does Work Out? by life coach and professional side-hustler Susie Moore, who offers expert tips and guidance to help you earn an extra source of income by doing something you love.

Some of the ideas have links you can visit to get more information. I intend to update this list often. Hope this helps. If your idea is not on this list, I encourage you to add yours to the comment section. So, get your creative juices flowing.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

5 Things You Can Do In Your 10 Minute Pomodoro Break

If you have been wondering how to best utilize your break after a 25 minute Pomodoro session, here is a list of things you can do:

1.   Enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, snack, or a glass of water.
2.   You can invest the 10 minutes to a short session of desk exercise.
3.   A small session of meditation or a yoga Asan.
4.   Enjoy a hand or a neck massage.
5.   Clean up or perform a small organizational chore, something you do not dread or find cumbersome.

Leave your desk or work area, get up and walk around. Allow blood circulation. A short break will be refreshing and stimulates problem-solving creativity. Give your mind rest from tasks at hand. This will rejuvenate you for another Time management Pomodoro session. Let's Go!

I recommend you buy a Pomodoro timer with pre-set time (A perfect gifting idea too). It is available in other colors and different time intervals. You will not need to program it either. The timer has a loud alarm and a red light that will blink when the countdown is finished.

You can click the link provided to buy the timer, it will help me generate a small commission to run this blog page.

I hope you do follow the Pomodoro technique to be more efficient, creative, and make more time for yourself to relax. Let me know the way you use the break time and if it helped you.

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