Now and then, I’m asked how I get things done or what are the preferred methods I use.

It’s not as if I’m some authority on the subject – I’m not (and even those who tend to miss a few things, in my opinion). Admittedly, I like to talk about this kind of stuff, but that’s just it:

It’s about being able to manage responsibilities effectively.

Frankly, I think that a lot of the prescriptive strategies aren’t tailored for specific personalities. But that’s for another post.

But this whole “responsibility management” and ideas for how to get things done is not something that’ relegated to one person. There are people who I’ve met in and out of this industry who I try to talk with on a regular basis about the same type of things.

I want to be able to learn from them so I can shortcut making the same mistakes in my life and career.

How I Get Things Done

About a year ago, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by iThemes on the topic of self-employment and how the opportunity to talk with them again recently.

This time, though, I talked about productivity and getting things done.

Get Things Done

The interview covers some questions such as:

  1. How do you stay focused and productive throughout the day?
  2. Email is often mentioned as a productivity killer. How do you manage your email?
  3. What does it mean to “calendar” something and can you tell us more about this approach?
  4. What other productivity tips do you have for busy freelancers?

Regardless of if you’re working in a large company, small business, or for yourself, perhaps you’ve found yourself struggling with aspects of productivity. This is something that I found challenging my first few years working in the industry.

That’s not to say that I have it figured out today because I don’t, but the challenges I face now are different than they were at that time.

All of that to say, perhaps the interview and the answers will provide some insight for you. If you’ve other questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or Twitter or to leave a comment on the original article.