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/

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HOW TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE WHEN WORKING FROM HOME

 

It can be hard to be productive when you work from home. There are distractions everywhere, from the lay in you could be having to the tempting television. If you struggle to stay productive when you work from home, check out these 4 tips.

 

Wear something that isn’t your PJs

Sure, it is pretty cool that you can work from home in your comfies, but it can also ruin your productivity. Get yourself into the right mind-set every morning by putting on proper clothes to signal the beginning of your working day.

Create a commute

Plan a small trip around your block or to your local shop before you start working. This helps you to set a work day ritual, and it gives you the chance to plan out your day before you start.

Make your own work space

Working from your bed or sofa can give you back problems, and it makes it harder to get into a productive mind-set. Set up a desk and chair with good lighting in a free space that you can use. Consider taking your work outside your home occasionally by working in the park or a coffee shop to give you a change of scenery.

Take breaks

Just like anyone who works in an office, you need breaks. Little breaks help your mind to stay refreshed and focused, and it will boost your mood – no-one wants a stressful work day!

 

Do you have any other tips for people who work from home? Let me know with a comment!

My blog post was republished on Thought Catalog!

Hey everyone!

My blog post “10 simple ways to become an improved version of yourself” has just been republished on Thought Catalog. It feels so nice to be acknowledged in this way! I am actually a full time-writer and editor but this blog is just a fun way for me to connect with other passionate people, and I never expected that one of my posts would be re-blogged. How exciting!!

If you want to check it out, here is the link! 🙂

10 Beautifully Simple Ways To Become The Best Version Of Yourself

Have a great day everyone!

2 JOBS FOR WRITERS!

Hi everyone! Today I am posting something a little bit different – a company I write for are looking for an intern and a guest contributor. I have lots of amazing, talented followers on here and I wanted to open the job offer up to you guys. Feel free to show it to any of your friends who are writers, too! 🙂

 

Here are the two positions;

CONTENT AND SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING INTERN FOR ON-LINE DATING NEWSLETTE

compensation: Minimum wage
employment type: part-time
3 month internship – could result in a job offer
telecommuting okay

A well-established on-line dating website is looking for a part-time intern who can help to maintain the website’s social media presence. The intern will gain experience in social media marketing, writing and PR.

This position is 10 hours a week and the intern can telecommute from anywhere in the UK or the US. The hours will be versatile, but there will scheduled meetings that must be attended. These meetings will provide the intern with valuable feedback to help improve their skills.

Job duties:
Helping to maintain the company’s on-line presence (posting regular statuses and tweets, maintaining the voice of the brand)
Help to source relevant and current content
Pitch content ideas
Create content

Ideally we are looking for a student who is currently working towards a qualification or a recent graduate, but we are open to other candidates.

If you are interested in this position, please email us your resume with a cover letter  and any experience you have to marketing@datebritishguys.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR FOR ON-LINE DATING NEWSLETTER

compensation: $25-$50 per article
employment type: part-time

A well-established on-line dating website is looking for a mature (45+) guest writer from the UK or the US to join the team. The guest writer will create two articles per month for the website’s newsletter. The content will offer advice, insights and tips on love and dating.

The guest contributor will have previous experience creating love and dating content. They will be able to share personal insights and life lessons that are relevant and meaningful to the readers. It would also be beneficial to have a blog or website with a dedicated following, although this isn’t essential.

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume, a cover letter, your rate per article and some samples of your writing to marketing@datebritishguys.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

If you are interested in either of these jobs, please don’t contact me about them over WordPress – just email marketing@datebritishguys.com!

Thank you for reading this!

8 TIPS FOR WRITERS

8 TIPS FOR WRITERS

Becoming a productive writer takes more effort than simply opening up a work document. Many writers love their work but struggle to commit to writing, and often struggle with writers block and a lack of inspiration.

If you struggle to commit to writing, check out these productivity tips.

1. Carry a notebook with you for idea inspiration – often life is much more inspiring than your office. Carry a notebook with you so you can write your ideas down as soon as you think them, while they’re still fresh in your mind.

2. Set daily writing targets – aim to write every day even if you don’t have much free time. From one paragraph to 2 pages, writing every day will help you to stay focused while helping you to avoid writers block.

3. Write without distractions – the less distracted you are, the better your writing will be. Write when no-one else is home, or invest in earplugs.

4. Realize your computer is full of distractions – social media, Youtube, pictures of kittens; the internet is full of distractions, so switch off your internet or use an app that doesn’t allow you to check social media while you work. Otherwise you’re only relying on your own willpower.

5. Don’t just read your own writing – read whatever interests you, and read outside of your own field. A big part of being a great writer is also having a passion for reading.

6. Schedule your daily writing time – or you might keep putting it off, and it may not end up happening. Half an hour when you first wake up is a great time to set aside as you will be feeling fresh and motivated.

7. Outsource your other work if you are falling behind – if writing is your number one priority, don’t let admin, marketing and other jobs take focus. Hire an assistant if that is an option – or prioritize your tasks at the beginning of the day.

8. Have an idea or an outline before you start – this will save you time and help you to avoid feeling frustrated or unable.

What did you think of these writing tips? I have daily writing targets and I think it helps me to start writing on days where I feel lazy and unproductive. Do you have any other tips for writers?

6 Time Management Tips

6 Time Management Tips

Do you struggle to manage your time well? If you notice your work leaking into your weekends and evenings, and you are unable to spend time with your loved ones due to other commitments, you may need to improve your time management skills.
Check out 6 time management tips to help you live a more productive, efficient life.

  1. List the three most important things you need to do every day down, and tell yourself you cannot stop working until you have finished them – this will help you to prioritize your tasks, and it means you will do something important every day.
  2. Track how you spend your time – this will help to show you which tasks take longer than you expected, and which take less time, making it easier for you to predict how long you will need to work for.
  3. Schedule free time into your day – you never know when an unexpected new task will crop up, so set yourself some time aside to deal with emergencies.
  4. Track your bad habits during the weekend – are you a social media addict without realizing? Often people don’t realize how much of their precious free time they are wasting, so track yours and see if you can cut down.
  5. If you’re rushed for time, stop checking your email completely – focus on finishing your important projects and check your email tomorrow or when you finish.
  6. Define your top five weekly priorities – and set aside a set amount of time for each task. This will help to give you an idea of how much work you need to do this week, and how long it will take.

What do you think of this list? Do you agree with the points? I always define my five weekly priorities because it helps me to organize my working week, and I think it is pretty helpful. Let me know what you guys think!

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD TELL YOURSELF EVERY MORNING

4 THINGS YOU SHOULD TELL YOURSELF EVERY MORNING PART TWO

How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Do you feel positive and ready to take on the day, or do you want to turn over and go back to sleep? Certain phrases can help you to feel more motivated and ready for the day – check out 4 of them here.

1. “I Can Start Over Whenever I Want”

No matter how old you are, your life is your own and you can start over whenever you want. Whether you want to go travelling or start a different career, do not worry too much. It may seem difficult and scary, but your life is your own, and you can do whatever makes you happy.

2. “I Deserve The Best Of The Best”

An awesome job, the perfect life partner – whatever you want, you deserve it. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, rich or poor – you deserve your happiness, but remember only you can motivate yourself to go out and get the things you deserve.

3. “Your Happiness Is Worth Fighting For”
Some days will require hard work, perseverance and effort, and those days will make you happier in the long run. Some of the best things in life require hard work and effort, but without those things, you wouldn’t be as happy. Work hard and fight to achieve your dreams and happiness.

4. “Life Will Always Go On”
Bad things will happen, and some days won’t be as productive as they should be. Remember that life is the longest thing you will ever experience, and the bad days will end and you will move on. All that matters is that you self-improve and work on your happiness.

What did you think of this list? Do you tell yourself anything in the morning to motivate you to be happier and more productive? Comment what you do and let me know!