An irregularly regular day...
I am an early riser. Typically I spend an hour with my coffee and inbox following european client conversations to launch a productive day. If you have clients around the world I suggest checking in as early as humanely possible to demonstrate accessibility. I consider it the equivalent of flicking on the OPEN sign. I find that 4 a.m. does a nice job of integrating into the world wide market. I will list a few tools that make this easier with more detailed discussions to be included in the forthcoming book.
Writing is physical work. Research, travel, and meetings necessitate that I either go for a run, swim, or hop on my bike trainer for a few hours. On the run I like podcasts that inform or stimulate creative thought--when woefully burdened with projects in various stages I opt for the bike trainer. From the bike I can read, have a meeting or two, or catch up on emails. The swim is where I can let it all go. Rhythmic laps are also suitable for relaxation and level set often needed when traveling. I love the illustration of the business suit with the swimsuit always at the ready. I often substitute my tri-shorts under my business attire if meetings are located near a great trail or park.
If you automate as much of your business infrastructure as possible, your day is ready once you return. I typically work on a few blogs and then settle into client work. The ebb and flow is manageable and I find myself lucky to pursue high-value work. Integrating economics, health policy, and clinical medicine into a compelling narrative isn't a bad way to spend your work life. Freelance work is not for everyone. If you crave independence and meaningful work I encourage you to give it a try--swimsuit optional.
Here is a list of a few of my favorite time savers:
1. Feedly (filter RSS fields of interest into one source)
2. Buffer (schedule social media posts around a variety of time zones)
3. Canva (add a design flare to images)
4. Sumo (free tools to simplify your website/blog)
5. Weebly (the best platform for my website/blog)
6. Atavist (you worry about the content, Atavist will take care of everything else)
7. iTunes (podcasts) for finding your "think" thoughts
8. Public Library (e-books)
9. Storify (for a quick search for what everyone is talking about)
10. Mail Chimp (best way to keep in touch with your "tribe" through quick easy newsletters)
Your mileage may vary! Please share any useful tools in the comments.
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