How to Get More Done and Have More Fun

Have you ever thought that by simply rearranging your daily tasks you could increase your productivity, get more done and enjoy yourself more? The biggest asset of freelancers worldwide is that they usually do what they love, and love what they do. But, what happens when you get stressed with deadlines, long working hours and lots of clients and you don’t have any more time for yourself, your family or your personal projects?

Most of you are probably organized to some extent. Most of you probably have a to-do list where you add tasks that need to be done and tick them off once they’re completed. However, have you ever thought that by simply rearranging that to-do list you can rediscover that working is fun, pleasant and enjoyable? By simply rearranging to-dos you can give yourself daily boosts.

How? You may ask. In this post, I’ll answer that question and show you how to get more from your work and more time for yourself.


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Have you ever thought that by simply rearranging your daily tasks you could increase your productivity, get more done and enjoy yourself more? The biggest asset of freelancers worldwide is that they usually do what they love, and love what they do. But, what happens when you get stressed with deadlines, long working hours and lots of clients and you don’t have any more time for yourself, your family or your personal projects?

Most of you are probably organized to some extent. Most of you probably have a to-do list where you add tasks that need to be done and tick them off once they’re completed. However, have you ever thought that by simply rearranging that to-do list you can rediscover that working is fun, pleasant and enjoyable? By simply rearranging to-dos you can give yourself daily boosts.

How? You may ask. In this post, I’ll answer that question and show you how to get more from your work and more time for yourself.

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Como saber si una foto ha sido retocada con Photoshop

La forma en que trabaja es así, salvar en jpeg una imagen una y otra vez. ¿Por qué? Las imágenes en formato jpeg pierden calidad cada vez que se salvan, por ejemplo, si uno tiene una imagen al 90% de la calidad original, y la guarda, tendrás una imagen que es el 90% del 90% de la original (alrededor de un 81%).

De esta manera, al salvarlo una y otra vez, esta aplicación va detectando las zonas donde la resolución se pierda en menor medida que en otras, desplegando un mapa térmico donde las áreas que han recibido edición aparecen de un color mas “vivo”.


Autor: r.avila

Gran idea que tuvieron aquí, nueva aplicación web nos dice cuando una imagen ha sido retocada con photoshop.

Sitio que identifica si una foto fue retocada o alterada en photoshop

Hay ciertas imágenes que al verlas de reojo uno puede identificar que han pasado por un editor de imágenes, y las hay que han sido modificadas por un maestro de estos software (Todos conocemos a alguien que utilice Photoshop), con un grado de error tan bajo que se necesita de cierta ayuda para saber si es real o fue alterada.

Por suerte, para aquellos que se nos dificulta identificar la viabilidad de las imágenes, hay un nuevo sitio web que nos ayuda con esta difícil tarea.

Ingresando al sitio errorlevelanalysis, indicamos la url de la imagen que queremos comprobar, aunque únicamente trabaja con formato jpeg, es una gran ayuda en un apuro donde necesitemos comprobar que tanta fantasía fue añadida a la imagen. Leer más “Como saber si una foto ha sido retocada con Photoshop”

10 Essential Pages in Your Freelance Site

I saw something interesting on my Twitter stream the other day: “Your blog is the new resume.”

How true! Everyone is so web savvy nowadays that we know we can get the dish on anybody by Googling their name.

Even if your prospects don’t have online businesses, they know that they can easily find out more about you on the Internet.

And, what are they likely to find? Embarrassing photos in Facebook? Less than flattering remarks you make on Twitter? Or, posts in which you complain about clients on your blog?
Why Your Blog Is So Important

One way to make sure your freelance site or blog projects you at your best is to have the following essential pages. These pages will help your prospects to:

* Find out what you do best and how you can help them
* Discover how good you are
* Determine if they can afford you or not
* Get to know, like and trust you
* Connect with you to explore working together

A good freelance site has one sole purpose: to compel the visitor to get to know you better, either by contacting you directly or by giving you their contact information so you can keep sending them more content.

The ten essential pages for your freelance site are…


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Lexi Rodrigo

I saw something interesting on my Twitter stream the other day: “Your blog is the new resume.”

How true! Everyone is so web savvy nowadays that we know we can get the dish on anybody by Googling their name.

Even if your prospects don’t have online businesses, they know that they can easily find out more about you on the Internet.

And, what are they likely to find? Embarrassing photos in Facebook? Less than flattering remarks you make on Twitter? Or, posts in which you complain about clients on your blog?

Why Your Blog Is So Important

One way to make sure your freelance site or blog projects you at your best is to have the following essential pages. These pages will help your prospects to:

  • Find out what you do best and how you can help them
  • Discover how good you are
  • Determine if they can afford you or not
  • Get to know, like and trust you
  • Connect with you to explore working together

A good freelance site has one sole purpose: to compel the visitor to get to know you better, either by contacting you directly or by giving you their contact information so you can keep sending them more content.

The ten essential pages for your freelance site are… Leer más “10 Essential Pages in Your Freelance Site”

Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything

I’ve been playing tennis for nearly five decades. I love the game and I hit the ball well, but I’m far from the player I wish I were.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot the past couple of weeks, because I’ve taken the opportunity, for the first time in many years, to play tennis nearly every day. My game has gotten progressively stronger. I’ve had a number of rapturous moments during which I’ve played like the player I long to be.

And almost certainly could be, even though I’m 58 years old. Until recently, I never believed that was possible. For most of my adult life, I’ve accepted the incredibly durable myth that some people are born with special talents and gifts, and that the potential to truly excel in any given pursuit is largely determined by our genetic inheritance.

During the past year, I’ve read no fewer than five books — and a raft of scientific research — which powerfully challenge that assumption (see below for a list). I’ve also written one, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, which lays out a guide, grounded in the science of high performance, to systematically building your capacity physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.


Harvard Business Publishing
by Tony Schwartz | http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2010/08/six_keys_to.html

I’ve been playing tennis for nearly five decades. I love the game and I hit the ball well, but I’m far from the player I wish I were.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot the past couple of weeks, because I’ve taken the opportunity, for the first time in many years, to play tennis nearly every day. My game has gotten progressively stronger. I’ve had a number of rapturous moments during which I’ve played like the player I long to be.

And almost certainly could be, even though I’m 58 years old. Until recently, I never believed that was possible. For most of my adult life, I’ve accepted the incredibly durable myth that some people are born with special talents and gifts, and that the potential to truly excel in any given pursuit is largely determined by our genetic inheritance.

During the past year, I’ve read no fewer than five books — and a raft of scientific research — which powerfully challenge that assumption (see below for a list). I’ve also written one, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, which lays out a guide, grounded in the science of high performance, to systematically building your capacity physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Leer más “Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything”

Pepsi conecta con su público mediante el móvil

Mayte Areces, Manager Media & Digital de Pepsi, ha apuntado hacia “las grandes posibilidades que ofrece el marketing móvil a nivel publicitario”. La Directora Comercial de Microsoft Advertising, Marisa Manzano, ha afirmado: “el usuario puede acceder a toda la información y entretenimiento de los servicios Windows Live y al portal de MSN a través de su móvil, por lo que encontramos aquí una oportunidad para el anunciante de llegar a su público desde cualquier dispositivo y a través de múltiples pantallas digitales”·


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Pepsi se ha convertido en el primer anunciante en España que utiliza el formato “take over” en móviles para dirigirse a su target. Microsoft Advertising ofreció a Pepsi utilizar este nuevo formato de publicidad. El “take over” consiste en comprar el 100% de los emplazamientos publicitarios durante un tiempo, normalmente un día. La campaña se segmentó por edad para impactar a usuarios de hasta 24 años mediante MSN Y Messenger Mobile durante dos fines de semana alternos de agosto.

OMD participó como agencia de medios en la campaña, que estuvo compuesta por dos acciones: una ligada a generar clics y otra a la creación de marca. Se superaron los objetivos planteados, obteniéndose una tasa de clic media de 0,85%, 23.000 visitas a la página web, y una potenciación del recuerdo de marca. Leer más “Pepsi conecta con su público mediante el móvil”

A la hora de buscar agencia de publicidad, prima el boca a boca

Para allanar el a menudo tortuoso camino en que se convierte la búsqueda y elección de agencia de publicidad, la mayor parte de las empresas confía en los contactos personales y en las recomendaciones. Así lo concluye un estudio de la Asociación Alemana de Agencias de Publicidad (GWA) desarrollado en colaboración con la revista Absatzwirtschaft.

El informe, para el cual se entrevistó a más de 100 directores de marketing, revela que el 87% de los consultados recurre a sus contactos personales para buscar agencia, mientras que el 77% se decanta por las recomendaciones. Otras fórmulas alternativas para la búsqueda y elección de agencia hayan, en cambio, mucha menor acogida entre los entrevistados. Sólo el 15% opta, por ejemplo, por los consultores para el desarrollo de pitchs.


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Para allanar el a menudo tortuoso camino en que se convierte la búsqueda y elección de agencia de publicidad, la mayor parte de las empresas confía en los contactos personales y en las recomendaciones. Así lo concluye un estudio de la Asociación Alemana de Agencias de Publicidad (GWA) desarrollado en colaboración con la revista Absatzwirtschaft.

El informe, para el cual se entrevistó a más de 100 directores de marketing, revela que el 87% de los consultados recurre a sus contactos personales para buscar agencia, mientras que el 77% se decanta por las recomendaciones. Otras fórmulas alternativas para la búsqueda y elección de agencia hayan, en cambio, mucha menor acogida entre los entrevistados. Sólo el 15% opta, por ejemplo, por los consultores para el desarrollo de pitchs. Leer más “A la hora de buscar agencia de publicidad, prima el boca a boca”

50+ Pattern Sets To Spice Up Your Website’s Background

Have you ever felt bored with the plain colored background on your website? When a plain colored background can’t create the mood you want to present in your design, maybe you should try to improve your design by using a tiled pattern for your background.

Though repetitive patterns often remind us of the old-fashioned era, sometimes a pattern can also be the answer to your confusion in taking your design appearance to the next level. Let’s take a look at some examples of nice websites with a repetitive pattern as the background below.


By: Citra Sudirohttp://www.onextrapixel.com

Have you ever felt bored with the plain colored background on your website? When a plain colored background can’t create the mood you want to present in your design, maybe you should try to improve your design by using a tiled pattern for your background.

Though repetitive patterns often remind us of the old-fashioned era, sometimes a pattern can also be the answer to your confusion in taking your design appearance to the next level. Let’s take a look at some examples of nice websites with a repetitive pattern as the background below.

Some Good Examples

Kaleidoscope
From Kaleidoscope website, we learn that a patterned background can be combined with some colorful elements and the result is still eye-catching. For web-designers with great talent in illustration, they can mix and match a colorful illustration and paste it on a repetitive background to make the design more memorable like what we see on the Hugs For Monster website.

Kaleidoscope

Hugs For Monster
Hugs For Monster

Tanya Merone
As in Tanya Merone and Elitist Snob’s websites, we learn that combining a tiled patterned background and a plain colored background is just like getting the best of both worlds. We could get a bit of simplicity from the plain background and also a bit of crowd from the repetitive pattern which together turn the design appearance into something in balance.

Tanya Merone

Elitist Snob
Elitist Snob

Viget Labs
Patterns remind us of our home’s wallpapers and some designers also use it to create a real situation in design. Take a look at the Viget Labs website, the designer has combined the tiled pattern with real object photos to make the design look real, it feels like we’re staring at the wall of someone’s house for real.

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