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What To Do When you Have A Work From Upwork

What is the best way to make it through a to-do? Some could say, just do it, but there could be a method to the madness that requires a little more detail than that. When landing work on Upwork or any job for that matter, to-do lists can be the monster we try to avoid. Keeping everything in our heads, but in the end, scrambling to keep tabs on what we’ve done and have yet to do.

If not already familiar, Upwork is a site that launched in 1999, as a place for freelancers and business to meet in the middle. No longer did one have to meet a potential client in person, but online, and on a platform that guarantees you’re paid for your work. Added that as you move up, they also take less of a commission, which benefits you greatly. What about the work and your growing to-do list? It’s as simple as Upwork.

Start by composing your list the night before you tackle your first task. People who do it in the morning or hours before risk losing out on productivity, which could hurt your bottom line.

Include everything, from the small to the big, and with those larger tasks, break them down. This will help you keep track of what you’ve done, and what you have yet to do while also making those larger tasks much more manageable.

Tags and labels are your friends. Having an idea of when to best start a task, how long a task will take you or otherwise, what a task centers around (like sending an email, making a call, etc.) will help you get in the night mindset when the time comes. Plus it will also help when you batch process, getting more of similar tasks down when in the right space.

Procrastination may not be your worst enemy, especially if it gives you time to re-evaluate your list. You can decide if an item belongs or should be delegated somewhere else for instance.

See, it’s not hard at all, the important thing is to go in smart with a clear list of things that need to get done.

Lawrence Bender’s Production Duties and Developing the Kill Bill Vol. 1 Soundtrack

The art of selecting songs and instrumentals for a motion picture’s soundtrack requires tremendous thought. Simply inserting random songs at any point in the narrative won’t work. Appropriately matching the audio to the visual images on the screen, can create an amazing effect on the film. Improperly choosing music, however, could ruin even a great piece of cinema. The Kill Bill movies deserve great acclaim for their amazing choice of musical selections. Actually, director Quentin Tarantino and producer Lawrence Bender both deserve the bulk of the credit. The two truly delivered one of the most memorable movie soundtracks of all time.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 revisited Tarantino’s desire to draw attention to forgotten songs and music from years past. Lawrence Bender seems to be quite supportive of Tarantino’s artistic decisions. These decisions included picking odd selections such as “The Lonely Shepard” and a hyper version of the “Green Hornet” theme fit well at the points in which they can be heard. The use of Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang” helped establish the dark and grim events that eventually set in motion The Bride’s revenge many years later. “Flower of Carnage” paid a nice homage to the film that inspired Kill Bill Vol. 1, a Japanese film named Lady Snowblood. And then there’s “Battle without Honor or Humanity,” a fantastic choice for the incredible sword-fighting battle royal scene.

Lawrence Bender must have worked quite hard to assist in securing the rights for these appropriate selections. He deserves a lot of credit here. Securing the rights for songs isn’t always easy. The rights-holders sometimes ask for outrageous amounts of money. By pricing themselves out of the film, they deny people the ability to experience the selections for the first time. Also, a film might not turn out to be as great as it could be with secondary song choices cluttering the soundtrack.

Besides artistry, another benefit exists to creating a brilliant soundtrack. The soundtrack has the potential to sell well. Kill Bill Vol. 1 actually hit #45 on the Billboard 200 chart. That’s not exactly a multi-platinum seller, but a significant volume of copies did move. The revenue generated from the soundtrack sales further pushes up the profit margins of the Kill Bill movies. For Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender to experience continued success, they must make money for the studios. Soundtracks help with this cause both through direct sales and related publicity.

The soundtracks also keep fans happy — a good business move to be sure.