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By The FLS Team

Behind the Scenes of FreelanceSwitch with Collis!

Here at Envato we’re pretty famous for building a lot of successful blogs, like this one! We’ve done quite a few now, so last year I decided other people might find our techniques and systems useful.

From CEOs to Opera Singers – How to Harness the “Superstar Effect”

Sumo stable in Tokyo, Japan: you don’t need to be a superstar to use the Superstar Effect. The following is a guest post by Cal Newport, MIT Ph.D and all-around whiz on competing against the odds.

14 Famous Man Rooms

In reading about the lives of history’s great men, one thing I’ve noticed is that many of them had a place they could go to be alone with their thoughts. Some of these men had a study where they would retreat to think, read, and write. Others had a garage or workshop where they would tinker and experiment. But what all these rooms had in common was their sheer manliness.

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Advice for Young Creatives

Living the life of a creative isn't easy. 99% Conference attendees share some of their hard-won lessons learned to help the next generation get a head start.

the best goal is no goal

“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter or identica. The idea of having concrete, achievable goals seem to be deeply ingrained in our culture.

Fwd: rainbow bed

Materials: Eina, duct tape Description: We wanted a bed for our 4-year-old son, and after purchasing a second-hand disaster that kept falling apart on us, we decided to go for something simple. IKEA! The only problem is that we didn't really like any of their twin beds, and the space in our son's room was tight. So we bought a simple Eina bed, but wanted to spruce it up.

Gifts and Choices

Recently, I came across (via jason kottke) a brilliant commencement speech given at Princeton by Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon. The main focus of Bezos’ speech was the difference between gifts and choices. Here’s an excerpt: What I want to talk to you about today is the difference between gifts and choices. Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice.

Productivity Lagging? Take a Siesta

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. I’ve discovered that one of the biggest benefits to being a full-time freelancer can be one of its drawbacks: setting ones own schedule. Don’t get me wrong, it’s the reason I wanted to get into freelancing in the first place, but I keep wondering if I’m working enough. Am I getting enough done in a day?

Gems of the FreelanceSwitch Archives

Trolling the archives of FreelanceSwitch is a great thing to do if you’re trying to avoid doing actual work.  So because you’re a super busy freelancer, I’ve taken the time – hours and hours, just for you –  to grab a few of the more, shall we say “interesting” posts and gems from the crypts. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Guide to Freelancing 10 awesome steps to reframe how you

Ikea Regolit night light

Materials: Regolit Description: On the smaller Regolit lamp shade, the 11-inch one, I wanted to make it into a night light but having it as a white shade filtered out too much light. I wanted a BOJA effect to it so I painted it with Acrylic Black paint. And then punched some holes on them in a pattern. I have a friend who is so mathematically precise with a pen.

How To Discover Your Productivity Patterns

When it comes to the work you do every day, what are the things that truly only you can do because they are an extension of your unique gifts and abilities? These are the things worth organizing your day - and your life— around.Beyond these genuinely unique contributions, daily work-related tasks and responsibilities generally fall into the four categories described below.

Would you contact an ex to get it back?

Having trouble making a decision about if you should keep or get rid of something? My friend Ann found some good advice for you: There was a thread on Ravelry about minimizing stuff.

Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Dan Pink on the surprising truth about what motivates us: Animated!!

Consider What Your "Top Idea" Is Making You Do

What pops into your head in the shower is more important than you think. "Top Ideas" influence all our other thoughts.

Six tips for organizing your time spent on the telephone

Work calls are unavoidable, but less to-the-point than emailing. Here are tips on making them more productive.