13 Principles of Effective Time Management for Freelancers

by Steven Snell
on October 1, 2009

in Business/Freelance

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Freelancers and independent designers have the need to achieve efficiency with their time. Effective time management does not come naturally for many of us, but to avoid working ridiculous hours and to greatly increase the chances of success in business, it is an area that needs attention. While working to improve the effectiveness of my time is an on-going journey for me, I have learned some things along the way that I think may be helpful to others. This article is written with freelance designers in mind, but the basic principles apply to many other situations as well.

1. Respect and Value Your Time

The first and most critical step towards being able to effectively manage your time is to respect and value it. As a freelancer, time is the most valuable asset you have. With your available time you can pursue various projects and determine how you want to make an income. Without any time you will be unable to do the work that produces the income.

Respecting your time is a general attitude that involves realizing the value and potential of your time, and a desire to work towards achieving greater efficiency and productivity with it. If you disrespect your own time others will do the same and you’ll wind up working harder and longer to earn the income that you need. Respecting your time will generally lead you towards an interest and a willingness to do the other things that are mentioned throughout this article.

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30 Fresh and Useful Photoshop Actions

by Steven Snell
on September 30, 2009

in Resources

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In the past we’ve published three collections of Photoshop actions and response to those posts has been very good. Today we’ll feature 30 more actions, many of them have been released since our last collection was published. For more Photoshop actions, please see:

Action 01

Action 01

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Design a Clean Portfolio Site in Photoshop

by Steven Snell
on September 28, 2009

in Tutorials

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Today we will be working through the process of designing a portfolio site layout in Photoshop. The tutorial will break down each step of the process, and you can download the PSD file from Folio Focus if you are interested.

The End Result:

Here is a look at what we will be designing in this tutorial (click on the image to see it in full size).

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