Life Update

I realised that I’ve not really posted anything about myself for a few months, but today it is time for an update!

I created this blog to be useful – I wanted to help other people in lots of little ways. However, I’ve started to get more followers, and I thought I should let you know a little bit about myself, too.

 

I’m a freelance writer/editor/transcriptionist, and I’ve been freelance since I finished studying Journalism at University. I write for Lifehack, Thought Catalog, The Talko, Simple and Bloomwell – lots of different publications doing different things!

Some articles are motivational, such as ”30 things you can do today to make yourself feel better.” (All of the articles I mention here are linked at the bottom, if you want to read them!)

I really enjoy writing list articles, or anything to do with productivity or motivation. It feels like I am being (semi)useful in the world. I (very occasionally) get an email from a reader thanking me for helping them to achieve something, and that makes me feel amazing.

Others are more educational. I write scientific articles for Bloomwell, a family legal company. For instance, I recently wrote “Your daughter’s brain and soccer: here’s what you need to know.”

Simple is a mobile banking service, so I write articles about saving money. I also write budget articles, such as “everything you’ll need to run a triathlon.”

I also run the newsletter, blog and social media pages for online dating website Date British Guys. I recently wrote a piece for the Queen’s birthday – “10 things you didn’t know about the Queen.”

I love writing for Date British Guys, as I manage some interns – so I actually have co-workers! Hurray for social contact with other people. 😉

 

I also do a couple of hours of transcription each week, and I write for a few other publications (but not as often).

Are you a freelancer? Would you enjoy freelancing? Let me know with a comment!

 

http://thoughtcatalog.com/amy-johnson/2016/06/30-simple-things-you-can-do-today-that-will-make-your-life-better-tomorrow/

https://www.bloomwell.com/blog/your-daughter%E2%80%99s-brain-and-soccer-here%E2%80%99s-what-you-need-know

https://www.simple.com/blog/first-triathlon-gear

http://www.datebritishguys.com/blog/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-queen/

5 AWESOME GIFTS FOR WRITERS

5 AWESOME GIFTS FOR WRITERS PART TWO

Hey guys!

I thought I’d do some more awesome gifts to buy for writers – or if you are a writer, some great items you can treat yourself to. Last time I wrote about waterproof paper and a zero-gravity pen; check out 5 more awesome gifts for writers.

1. Katana Book End

Katana Bookend

Even if you’re not a writer, this is a pretty badass way to store your books. Invest in this if you or a friend have way too many books – it’s sure to get a few compliments!

2. Writer’s Calendar

writers calendar

Writing down my goals and a to-do list helps me to be a more productive writer every day. Make your life more productive and efficient by investing in a calendar!

3. Paper Nib Bookmarks

paper nib bookmarks

These paper nib bookmarks are a great way to stylishly save your page. While they are not an essential, they are a pretty fun way to enjoy your reading time.

4. Laptop Stand

Laptop Stand

This practical gift makes it easier for you to look after your laptop and keep it safe – and it has the added bonus of making your screen easier to see. Perfect for any writer who works on their laptop for more than 25 hours a week.

5. Cube Inspiration Starters

story cubes

Do you know a writer who is struggling to come up with new, fresh ideas? Treat them to these awesome story cubes that will help them to come up with awesome new ideas.

Would you guys use any of these gift ideas, or none? I love the idea of the story cubes, even if they are for children – it’s nice to have a youthful mind :p

Thank you as always for reading my post!

HANDY TIPS FOR STAYING PRODUCTIVE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME

HANDY TIPS FOR STAYING PRODUCTIVE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME

Do you struggle to be productive when you work from home? As I mentioned last week, there can be many distractions when you work from home. Today I thought I would share 7 handy tips I use to make sure I stay productive when I work from home.

From investing in a good chair to eating properly, check out 7 handy tips for staying productive when you work from home.

1. Get dressed instead of staying in your pajamas all day. Getting dressed and having a shower will help you to mentally get yourself in the working zone before you start.

2. Invest in a good chair. You will be sat in the same chair for about 40 hours a week for the foreseeable future, so it is important to get one that provides back support and is adjustable.

3. Keep your work space tidy so you don’t get distracted by mess on your desk. Mess also makes it harder for you to find things you need, so it can slow you down once you’ve got started.

4. Close the door so you don’t have to listen to your family or housemates. It may feel antisocial, but listening to others talk and socialize is likely to make you want to stop working.

5. Don’t reply to texts or messages from your friends while you work. You may feel that it only takes a few seconds to reply once, but people rarely only reply once, and a conversation could ruin your productivity.

6. Make sure you eat lunch and breakfast every day. You may not feel hungry to start with, but eventually your focus will wane and you will struggle to stay on track for the rest of the day.

7. Keep working even when it is difficult. Even if you don’t feel productive and you don’t want to keep going, try to work for at least one more hour. Knowing you can finish within the hour may give you the added motivation to get through the difficult work.

10 SIGNS YOU TREAT YOUR BESTIE LIKE YOUR SPOUSE

10 SIGNS YOU TREAT YOUR BESTIE LIKE YOUR SPOUSE

Hey everyone 🙂

Today I thought I would share an article with you all that I wrote for Lifehack, called ‘10 signs you treat your bestie like a spouse‘. While it isn’t about working from home or productivity, it is a fun light-hearted read. Check it out if you’d like, and let me know if you would like me to share more of my work on here, please comment and let me know!

Hope all of you wonderful people all having a good week so far!

4 WEIRD DISTRACTIONS YOU FACE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME PART TWO

4 WEIRD DISTRACTIONS YOU FACE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME PART TWO

Do you work from home? Working from home opens up a whole new world of strange distractions, from chairs that are too comfortable to life admin you need to catch up on.

Check out 4 weird distractions you may have faced if you work from home.

1. Your Pets

Every day, at some point while you work, your pet will come up to you and try to get your attention. They could want food, letting outside, a stroke, or simply your attention, but you always end up giving in and giving them what they what. They are too cute to ignore – unlike the seven work emails you need to reply to.

2. Any Food In The House

There is delicious food in your cupboards and fridge, and you could be eating it right now. Maybe you will go make yourself a little healthy snack, like a sandwich or a salad. You travel to the kitchen, and spend fifteen minutes looking in your fridge and cupboard- only to settle on toast.

3. How Clean Your House Is

The floor in your bedroom needs vacuuming, and you’ve just noticed that your office desk has a few crumbs on it. The thing is – you never notice any of the mess until you’re supposed to be doing work. You quickly wipe the crumbs off the desk and try not to think about your bedroom floor. You try even harder to not think about all the dirty dishes and laundry.

4. The Internet

The only reason why you went on Youtube was to put some good background music on, but the recommended video was cute kittens – you HAD to click on it. The only thing is, that was over an hour ago – now you’re reading about different cat breeds on Wikipedia while searching cat hashtags on Instagram.

What did you guys think of this follow-up piece? I thought I would write another post about distractions you can be faced with when you work from home as I really enjoyed writing the last piece. Let me know if you can think of any other distractions that I could be faced with when I work from home!

4 WEIRD DISTRACTIONS YOU FACE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME

4 WEIRD DISTRACTIONS YOU FACE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME

Do you work from home? There can be many strange and surprising distractions in the home, from social media to the kitchen chairs. Sometimes it can just be too difficult to stay focused; check out four of the biggest distractions you face when you work from home.

1. Life Admin

The second you open up your laptop, you remember all of the general jobs you were putting off over the weekend. You need to email your landlord about the problem with the boiler, and you need to call your parents because it’s been over a month since you last spoke to them. You’ll just give them a quick call now, and get straight on with your work afterwards…. Oh, after you’ve given your best friend a ring. After all, it’s been two whole days since you last spoke to them.

2. The Comfort Level Of Your Chair

Or at least, the lack of comfort. The chair in the kitchen is far too hard and unforgiving to sit on for eight hours, but the chair in your bedroom is way too comfortable and squishy for you to stay focussed. You normally sit in your office chair, but that chair just started creaking loudly whenever you move.

3. The TV Show You’re Currently Watching

You’ve just started the second season of Orange Is The New Black and you’re totally hooked. After a few hours of working, your mind slips to the last episode you watched. You just need to watch one episode to see what the next part of the story will be – maybe you will watch one while you eat lunch. Just the one, of course….

4. Your Office Options

When you work from home, you can basically work wherever you want to in the house. Yes, your office is quiet and peaceful, but the kitchen is so warm and sunny in the morning. And the sofa is so comfy after a long morning sat on the uncomfortable kitchen chair – but it provides you with a whole new distraction; the TV.

What did you guys think of this post? Just so you know, I don’t normally struggle to focus on work once I’ve started, but these distractions have all tempted me at least a few times! Especially that kitchen chair. 😉

HOW TO STOP PROCRASTINATING

How To Stop Procrastinating

Do you struggle to stop procrastinating? Many people wake up hoping for a productive and focused day, but then procrastination strikes. Don’t let your days be unproductive; check out 7 ways to stop procrastinating.

1. Make a practical to-do list; instead of writing down the things you know you will get done no matter what, write a list of the jobs you don’t like doing – then set a deadline.

2. Make sure you are doing the right things; there are lots of things you can be doing, and only a few things that will NEED doing. Focus on completing the tasks that need doing first, and move on to the other, less important tasks once you’ve finished.

3. If you have a long and difficult task to complete, break it down into smaller chunks to help you feel less overwhelmed. This way, you will notice that you are accomplishing things while working on the task, which will help you to stay feeling motivated.

4. Take away temptation; remove all possible distractions before you start working. If you struggle with social media, consider downloading Cold Turkey; this app allows to temporarily block websites while you work to help you stay focused.

5. Implement consequences; think of one of your little treats, from chatting online to friends to having chocolate cake for pudding. If you don’t finish the task, take away your reward for the day to make sure you won’t do the same again the next day.

6. Reward yourself; if you finish this long project, you can treat yourself to a trip to the cinema. Rewarding good work will help you to be productive during the day – and it means you’ll have a great evening, too!

7. Tell other people about your intentions. Once other people know about your work commitments, you may feel more obliged to finish them. After all, it is pretty hard to come up with a reason for why they haven’t been finished – other than pesky procrastination! Good luck staying motivated!

What did you guys think of this post? Sometimes I can really struggle to stay motivated – you may have noticed this in my post ‘A Day In The Life Of A Freelancer’! However, these tips do help me personally to stay focused and make sure I have a productive working day. Do you have any other tips that work for you? I’d love to hear them!

Life Skills That Will Benefit You Forever Part 2

Life Skills That Will Benefit You Forever Part 2

Earlier this week we covered different life skills that make your day-to-day life and career easier, from time management to sleep management.

Today I am going to cover four different life skills that are equally as helpful – check out four life skills that will benefit you forever once you know them.

1. Being consistent – Whether you are exercising, studying, working, or spending time with your loved ones, consistency is key. Putting hard work in is not actually that hard – the hard part is doing it every day, repeatedly, until you reach success.

2. Minding your own business – Lots of people struggle to mind their own business – other people are pretty interesting, in their defense! However following other people’s journeys is a waste of your time and resources. Instead, focus on yourself and your own journey. Are you working hard? Are you achieving your goals? Are you happy?

3. Asking others for help – you cannot do everything yourself, and trying to will make you stressed out and aggravated. You may worry asking for help makes you seem incompetent or weak, but this is absolutely not the case – everyone requires help in some areas, and getting that help often creates better results.

4. Having a proactive mind-set – Your mind is the tool that lets you stay in bed all day, or get up and exercise and work. Choose to have a more proactive mind-set, and consciously push yourself forward every day. Get rid of the excuses, and instead ask yourself; why can’t you achieve something today? What is stopping you? Is that a valid reason?

What did you guys think of this post? I decided to write a follow-up post, as I think mind-set and perspective can really change the way we live our lives. If you can think of any other life skills that you think are really useful, comment your ideas below and let me know! 🙂

5 Ways To Help You To Get The Perfect Work Life Balance Part 2

5 Ways To Help You To Get The Perfect Work/Life Balance Part 2

Do you struggle to find a good balance between work and play? Many people either work too hard or relax too much, and they struggle to change their lifestyles. If you struggle to find the perfect work/life balance, check out 5 more ways you can find the perfect work balance.

1. Limit your work hours

Working extremely long hours isn’t good for your mental health – or your family’s mental health. However, some people have to work longer hours – maybe they are starting their own business, or they run a company. If this is you, set out your work hours at the beginning of the week. Make sure you work 8 hours at least one day of the week every week – if you work late on the other days, you should have no work issues, and this can be something for your family to rely on.

2. Work with your personal energy

We all have natural energy cycles; some people work better first thing in the morning, while others get all of their best work done during the night. Think about when you are most productive and try to work for a few hours during this time. As you will be feeling extra productive and motivated, you will complete more work than normal during this time, freeing up time at different points in the day.

3. Delegate tasks

If you really struggle to take time off work, you may need to delegate some of your tasks to others. From hiring an assistant at work to paying a cleaner to clean your house once a week, these methods can help you to focus on your most important work while still having some time to yourself.

4. Plan a holiday

No matter how busy you are, you can afford to take a few days off a year through delegating tasks. Time off will relax your body and mind, making you a more efficient worker generally. If you can’t afford to take a week off work, book one day off and make plans with your loved ones for the day. This will help you to enjoy your life while refocusing and recharging.

5. Join a club

If you work so often you struggle to maintain friendships, consider joining a club. This will help you to enjoy your time off while also offering you the opportunity to socialize. There are various clubs, from cooking to swimming – have a look and see if anything takes your fancy!

Do you have any advice for anyone who is hoping to find a better balance between their work and their personal life? Comment your ideas below! 🙂

4 Ways To Help You To Get The Perfect Work Life Balance

4 Ways To Help You To Get The Perfect Work/Life Balance

Do you want to get the perfect balance between your personal life and your work? Whether you work part time or full time, or in an office or at home, this can be a daily issue for many people.

However, there are many steps you can take to make sure you have a good balance between work and your social life – check out four ways you can get the perfect work/life balance.

1. Understand the meaning of ‘balance’

Everyone has different priorities, from running a successful business to having children. Think about your life priorities and consider how you can achieve them. If you want to start a business, you may have to put in overtime for a few years to reap the benefits. However, this could affect your personal life. Ask yourself; can I achieve my work and personal life dreams? Do I need to prioritise? How can I make sure I achieve both, and not just one?

2. Consider your location

Living two hours away from your work means you will need to spend four hours a day commuting. For some people, this is a useful chance to catch up on other work or get some time alone. If you resent your commute, it may be because you are not using the time wisely. Ask yourself; could I work somewhere closer? How could I make my commute useful, instead of a time-waster? Would I be willing to relocate for my work?

3. Keep a schedule for important events

Some work events and personal events are both more important than others, from networking events to date nights with your partner. Instead of prioritizing one over the other set one night aside a week for each; this allows you to put time and effort into both areas of your life without prioritizing one over the other.

4. Set work boundaries

While you are in work, your number one priority is your job – so when you leave, the reverse should be true. If you struggle to switch off from work when you’re finished, set yourself work boundaries to help you. Switch off your work phone so your colleagues can’t contact you and don’t check your emails while you’re not in work. If you explain this to your co-workers in advance and give them an emergency number, you should have any problems.