No, I’m not talking about peppered hot dogs! Rather, here are some resources and links that have been spicing up my life lately:
Whatever you need to organizer, Day Designer’s free printables will do it. I’ve been trying out the Daily Planning Page, but after weeks of just moving the to-do list to each new page (my hand hurts) I’m going to transition to the Daily Tasks and Brain Dump sheets.
Product Hunt has been surprisingly relevant to freelance writing, so I highly recommend the email list! The first product that caught my eye is Sans Francisco, a mega-repository of designer things you’ll want to check out if you DIY any design.
This magic email will make you look really classy or make you a lot of money. Victory.
More recently, this group of Startup Pitch Decks jumped out as something really valuable for writers starting to get an idea of what companies are looking for. It’d also be a great way to prepare yourself to write not just your own pitch decks (or proposals) but to write and edit pitch decks for companies ($$$$$).
Never stop laughing with JP Sears. Particularly his unbelievably pizza-like raw vegan cucumber pizza.
Use money to buy back your time. Huh.
Also use money to buy an obscenely expensive (but beautiful and chem-free) car seat. Double huh.
Or a book by Shonda Rhimes about writing and life (though I got mine from the library).
For the HR and sociology nerds: How the US workforce has changed a decade since the Great Recession.
Finally, I’m on month two of using Freedom.to (a paid, schedule-able site blocker) to stop myself from wasting all my work time on social media and it’s been pretty tight! Yes, tight, like the 1990s. Sometimes it’s annoying because I use LinkedIn for business reasons (to look up the people I’m interviewing, etc) but the hassle has been worth it for my biggest vice: getting to a hard part in a white paper and — before I can even think — I’ve typed in “Twitter.com” and tried to distract myself. Nope. Blocked. 🙂