The Art of “Learning on the Go” (to Master Your Online Craft)

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“Learning on the go” is something we can all do more of.

Whether you’re a professional at writing and blogging, or just beginning, we all need to hone our craft and grow in our capabilities.

But (like most writers) who actually has time for that? 

If you’re like me, the first thing to go when I’m busy is the extra training and studying. We’ve got lives to live, mouths to feed – three, in my case – and work that needs to be done.

So, how do we inject lessons, learning, and practice into our already busy lives?

The stress can feel daunting and we may sometimes feel like giving up.

However, in the age of mobile devices and streaming, we no longer have to sacrifice our precious time in order to fit in our studies and growth. Instead, we can use some key tactics and methods to help us improve and hone our craft so we can make “learning on the go” much easier.

Today, I want to show you four methods to learning your craft that helped this father of three still be with his family and do his job while also gaining the skills and knowledge that helped me to build a 7-figure online business.

It’s no secret how I did it – it was just a determination with a focus on effectiveness and efficiency.

By integrating these “learning on the go” methods into your life, you, too, can be as productive as I am and learn to grow your business as well!

1: Free Series and Lessons — Podcasts

Podcasts are an incredible way to learn on the go.  While there are many podcasts created for the sole purpose to entertain, many have been created to teach you or discuss certain trades of the craft.

But what makes podcasts so unique for our path to “grow while on the go” is their benefits:

– The ability to listen anywhere, including during your commute or during your gym workout

– Regular episodes, which allows you to stay on top of the latest trends in your industry or niche

– The personality and voice of the content creator is stronger than in a blog post

The best part of podcasts is that finding them is simple.  You can either go to iTunes and use their Search feature and type in what kind of things you want to learn, or you can turn to Google and look for lists presented online with best recommendations based on what it is you’re looking for.

For writers, here’s a list of the best podcasts to help you not only improve your writing skills, but also for how to use your writing for creating a book, writing better blogs, or just turning to freelance work. Read More

4 Productivity Apps Designed to Help you Succeed

4 Productivity Apps Designed to Help you Succeed

Regardless of your age, sometimes it’s hard to be productive.

You know this already; this is no secret!

However, if you properly learn how to effectively manage your time, you will increase your productivity.

Because we now live in a highly digital age, where it’s tempting to spend (waste) time constantly checking email and social media, freelance writers and bloggers must learn how to block out distractions so they can get things done!

To help you become more productive, you can also use one or more productivity apps to help you.

Today, my guest, Wendy Dessler, is going to share four of these apps with you, which will work well from high school, through college, and into the business world.

4 Productivity Apps Designed to Help you Succeed

1. Clockspot

Apps like Clockspot help track all the hours that are spent on a project. Knowing where your time is being used is the first step in controlling it and harnessing your power. This also gives you the knowledge of your work pace. You will soon know how much time you need to complete a certain project and that will help you become more efficient.

2. FocusON

Learning to focus and maintain that focus is one of the most powerful tools you can give your child, and yourself! In the era of Internet each of us is easily distracted. From social media, mobile phones, computers, television and video games, there is always something screaming for our attention.

FocusON is one of the best apps available to help with this issue. It is a free download and it is easy to use. It is also difficult to turn off once you have set and activated it. This will discourage you from trying to stop the app when you walk away.

3. Anti-Social

We are a globally social community. Social media sites are part of our everyday routine. We feel we have to know where everyone is and what everyone is doing 24/7.

But when it is time to work, study or write, we need to be antisocial for the duration. Anti-Social blocks any of the social media sites that you set as a distraction. You set the length of time and for that period of time, there will be no social interaction.

4. RescueTime

Sometimes we need to get a good look at the whole picture. That is what this app does. RescueTime allows you to see how much time you (or your teenager) spends each day on social media, YouTube, and any other site that you frequent. It runs quietly in the background of the computer and then gives you a report that will outline what you did, and how long you did it.

This amazing tool lets you see how much time you are wasting each day. Knowing this allows you to change your behaviors. While we all know we spend a little too much time on different sites, we are often shocked when we see just how much time we actually spend!

This also allows parents to see and change emerging patterns in their children.

Be Productive!

Activating these apps will give you the power to mold yourself into a more efficient and productive person, and teaching these skills to your children is an invaluable asset to them that will remain throughout their lives.

So what are you waiting for?

Go get productive!

26 More Apps to Help you Succeed

To further increase your success in blogging and business, you can also use some of these 26 Phone Apps to Make LIFE Easier.

And please share in the comments if you use other apps to help you be productive!

We are always on the lookout for new apps to try!

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Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Towering who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.