Freelancing both for individuals and companies is the new type of working trend. One such large online freelance website is Upwork Global Inc., (formerly Elance-oDesk) which uses millions of independent professionals from around the world.

One such Upwork client publishes productivity articles on how to make team life and everyday life easier with organizational tasks and reminders. There are 10 powerful tips to help you get through any task-oriented lists:

  1. Capture It All

Writing down your to-do list is less stressful and more meaningful than trying to capture your tasks within your brain cells. With modern technology, you now have mobile software apps that serve as your daily to-do list.

  1. Start Your Day The Night Before

Use the morning time to create your to-do list because this is when human energy is at its highest. Build on preparing your task list the night before and in the morning decide which tasks will help you supercharge your day.

  1. One Simple To-do List

It is too easy to start a quagmire of to-do lists. Resist this urge! Create email reminders, post-its, and other paper scrap reminders in one solution tool like your iPhone and save yourself hours of stress.

  1. Adding Attributes

Creating a simple to-do list. Add attributes like a start time, how long it will take, and how to execute your tasks. These tips will keep you on target so that you won’t over obligate.

  1. Priorities

Life changes daily and so will your to-do list. Your deliverables with a specific deadline should be accomplished first so that when life happens you are prepared with a plan.

  1. Re-Evaluate

Re-evaluate your to-do list each week and delete the tasks that you have been procrastinating about.

  1. Delegate

For team assignments, use software that converts oral comments to a task delegation for other team members.

  1. Zooming

Reduce the complexity of your to-do list with smaller subtasks. Zoom in and cross off your task accomplishments and zoom out by evaluating your project tasks with bigger goals. Use software tools to meet your to-do list activity.

  1. Batch Templates

Batch your tasks by software that processes your to-do tasks. Create your software tabs for people you need to phone, text, or email and save loads of time!

  1. To-Do Energy

Mike Vardy is a productivity expert who suggests that you choose your daily tasks based on your energy levels. Assign each task with an energy level (low, medium, high). It works! And your productivity will increase.

Aloha Construction Wins Better Business Bureau’s 2017 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics

Founded by entrepreneur David Farbaky, Aloha Construction, Inc. is a family-owned construction and general contracting company with locations in Bloomington and Lake Zurich. Since its founding in 2008, the company has served numerous clients in Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, providing side replacement, remodeling services, gutter construction and roofing services.


The company has successfully completed over 18,000 assignments and is celebrated for its stellar customer service and excellent treatment of clients and employees; this reputation was reinforced in 2017 when the company was selected by an independent panel of judges to the recipient of the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) annual Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.


Started in 1996, the Torch Award recognizes organizations that ethically serves its community, customers and employees. Nominees for the award are screened for a series of criteria, including commitments to:


  • Ethical business standards and practices
  • Constant communication and reinforcement of ethical business standards
  • Business practices that serve to unify employees within an organization
  • Organizational commitment to ethical practices by executive/managerial bodies
  • Organizational commitment to ethical practices by human resources bodies
  • Organizational commitment to supporting the wider community and other businesses.


Aloha Construction met all of these standards to qualify for the Torch Award, in addition to a few more; having being awarded locally by the BBB, financially profitable, in operation for over three years and in possession of an A+ rating by the BBB, the company was nominated for the Torch Award, going on to eventually win it.


In addition to its construction work, Aloha Construction works in collaboration with the David Farbaky Foundation to assist non-profit and sports-centered organizations and initiatives in the Lake Zurich area. Partners and beneficiaries of the collaboration include Camp One Step, Learning Express, the Illinois Flying Aces, the Kane County Cougars and Lake Zurich High School.

Shervin Pishevar Tweets About the Economy

If you are Shervin Pishevar, you have a pessimistic view of the economy and where it is headed. In February 2018, he released a series of tweets over a period of 21 hours talking about a variety of topics including the price of Bitcoin and the downfall of Silicon Valley.

Shervin Pishevar on Bitcoin

Shervin Pishevar believes that the price of Bitcoin is going to fall all the way to $2,000 a coin. However, once it hits that price, investors can expect a reversal and a bull run to follow. He also believes that as the price of Bitcoin goes down, the price of gold is going to go up.

America Doesn’t Have a Long-Term Vision

According to the tweets written by Shervin Pishevar, America is going to be surpassed by the Chinese. This theory is based on the assumption that the United States doesn’t have a long-term vision, which is going to result in a weakened infrastructure. As evidence for his assertion, he pointed to a Chinese train station that was constructed in a matter of days.

Being a Business Owner Is a Viral Idea

According to Pishevar, the idea of being a business owner isn’t limited to just Silicon Valley. Instead, it is one that has been transported around the country and around the world. In the United States, early stage companies will be hampered by the likes of Facebook and Google dominating the startup environment. This may lead to more companies being founded outside of the United States.

The Stock Market Will Crash

If you have money in the stock market, it may be a good time to pull it out now if Pishevar is correct. According to his tweets, the stock market is going to fall 6,000 points. This will have an effect on bond and currency markets as well.