Upwork, formerly known as Elance-oDesk, is an online platform that connects freelancers in various sectors of technology with prospective clients. In basic terms, Upwork is a crowd-sourcing platform that connects professionals and business without having to cold call clients. It allows you to earn while gaining experience. With approximately 12 million registered freelancers and 5 million clients, it is the best place to start networking and creating contacts in various industries. The platform runs on a trust basis, profiles are self-confessed, and if you fail to deliver on a project, you might get blacklisted or removed.
The site also runs a blog where various experts and freelance writers get to express an opinion, offer advice and write on other relevant subjects. Recently on the blog, an article pointed out various ways to improve a to-do list. It might seem a trivial thing, but after reading the article it becomes clear that a to-do list will not only improve your time management, it also enhances concentration and focus. The Zeigernik Effect is where an incomplete task keeps weighing on your mind causing an imbalance in the brain thus unnecessary stress.
Majority of us are most active in the morning and this time should not be spent creating a to-do list. Make a to-do list in the evening, and this allows you to tackle the most urgent task in the morning. This will lead to habit, and it leaves your mind ready to face the rest of the day. The advantage of a to-do list is that it brings everything into focus as a single list, you do not have to keep looking to see what is done and what isn’t. It also helps keep track of the simple tasks that slip through the cracks and catch up with you when it is too late.
Defining priorities might sound simple at first thought but in truth, sorting out what is most important is not always about deadlines. A to-do list allows you to know what time is best for various tasks, not just which task should come first.