weekly freelancing challenge

  • The Weekly Freelance Challenge: Update your Twitter bio

    The Weekly Freelance Challenge does exactly what it says on the tin. Each week, I’ll set a challenge that I will take part in, and it’s open for anyone to join in. One week it might be about improving productivity or finding new clients, and the next week it might be about how to lead a healthier freelance lifestyle. Feel free to join in and leave a comment with your progress, leave a comment on my Facebook page or use the Twitter hashtag #TWFCUK (a football team have nabbed TWFC!).

    Last week’s challenge

    Last week, the Weekly Freelance Challenge was to try and fit in half an hour’s exercise each day. I managed to do that last week, thanks to a combination of 15 minute yoga sessions first thing, lunch time walks, two gym work outs, one with my sister, bowling with the fiancé and a lot of shifting boxes at the weekend for a car boot sale! I actually find it easier to fit in a little bit of exercise every day, rather than just doing it on certain days, as it begins to feel like part of my daily routine.

    How did you get on?

    This week’s challenge

    This week, my challenge is all about Twitter. The Twitter bio to be exact. I wrote mine ages ago, and although I occasionally tweak it, I often forget about it. So this week, the challenge is to have a read of your Twitter bio, and give it an update if you think it needs it. Think about what other people might like to read, especially as it’s often the decider for whether someone will follow you. Does your bio properly represent you? Don’t forget to throw in some keywords about your business to make it easier for people to find you.

    (If you don’t have a Twitter bio, check out your Facebook About Me section, or your About section on your website.

    Once you’re done, let me know how you’ve got on in the comments!

  • The Weekly Freelance Challenge: Fit in 30 minutes of exercise daily

    Confession time people: I’m not a natural fitness fan. I’m more commonly found on a sofa than doing yoga. But with falling energy levels, poor health and an upcoming wedding, I’ve had to re-assess my previously lazy routine. Plus, all the evidence suggests that regular exercise will improve concentration levels, productivity, reduce stress and . So getting more exercise really is good business sense.

    Therefore, this week’s weekly freelance challenge is a somewhat selfish one. I’d like to challenge you (and me!) to do 30 minutes of exercise each day of the working week. I’m already working with a personal trainer twice a week as I’ve got a fair bit of weight to shift in order to be healthy again, but for most people half an hour a day is quite achievable.

    30 minutes of exercise could be as easy as:

    • A brisk walk at lunchtime, even easier if you have a dog to walk. If you usually meet a friend for coffee, try arranging a catch up walk instead
    • Try the Couch to 5k running plan
    • An early morning swim
    • A quick yoga session (there are plenty of free YouTube tutorials about, or pick up a bargain Yoga DVD on Amazon)
    • A workout class – book ahead if you can so you’re committed to going.
    • A session on the Wii or Kinect. Several of the Just Dance workout videos have timed workouts to make it easier, and I think some of the sports ones do too.
    • Put your favourite music on and dance round the house.
    • Split the half an hour into sections, doing five minutes of exercise each hour.

    How do you fit exercise into your daily routine? Get it over and done with first thing? Or take a lunch break away from your desk to work those muscles?

  • The Weekly Freelance Challenge

    Welcome back from the weekend (or rather, welcome to the extended weekend – hurrah for Jubilee bank holidays!)

    This week, I wanted to do something a little different. I’d like to set a small challenge each week for those freelancing or working from home, or thinking about doing either of those. I’ll take part in the challenges too, and report back on how I get on.

    This week’s freelancing challenge

    As it’s a short week, I’m going to keep it simple for the first one. We’re six months into the year, so I challenge you to come up with a list of five goals you want to achieve by the end of 2012. They can be a mixture of personal and professional, and as big or small or serious or silly as you like. The important thing is that they’re achievable.

    For me, my five goals for the rest of 2012 are:

    • To increase my income from 2011 by 15%. I’ve got a few different projects which I’m hoping will help me meet this goal, but a business plan is needed!
    • Continue to post regularly on The Freelance Lifestyle.
    • Podcast more. I got the bug last week when doing my first podcast, and I’d love to continue doing them.
    • Adopt a more healthy freelance lifestyle – I’m looking into a new exercise routine and getting back on the meal planning wagon. Now I’m freelancing full-time, it should in theory be easier to fit in some exercise. Challenge coming up for that.
    • Finish planning the majority of my wedding in April next year. It’s been on the back burner a bit because of work but I’m hoping to get it mainly sorted by the end of the year.

    So now it’s over to you! Leave a comment with your top five goals, or write a blog post and let me know! I love to see what other freelancers are hoping to do this year.

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