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?

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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!

4 important rules of being a successful writer

4 Important Rules Of Being A Successful Writer

Do you want to be a successful writer? I asked four successful writers what rules they think are important to being a successful writer – from loving your work to being persistent, check out 4 of these rules here.

1. They refuse to take ‘No’ for an answer. Every writer will experience rejection emails and letters, but successful writers will use these letters to improve their writing, rather than get disheartened.

If you are struggling to get published, consider taking a short writing course to improve your skills. If you can’t afford to spend money, look online; the internet is filled with articles filled with tips on how to improve your skills as a writer – all for free!

2. They always set aside time to write. Many people wish to become writers but already have full time jobs or families. While it is reasonable for these other commitments to be your first priorities, if you dream of being a writer you must always make time for writing.

If you are struggling to set aside time for writing, decide at the beginning of the week how much you want to achieve; would you like to write two articles? Would you like to finish off the first chapter of your book? Decide what you want to do, work out how long it will take and break the chunks down and do a little each day.

3. They write for love, rather than money. It is difficult to have a successful, full-time career in a job you don’t enjoy, whether it is writing or something else. Are you writing for money and feeling continuously frustrated and upset, or do you enjoy and feel proud of the content you create?

4. They seek out feedback. Successful writers always want to improve their skills and writing style, as this is the only way they will advance in their career. They always ask editors and publishers for feedback, and they carefully read and analyse their own work to see if they can improve their own work.

What do you think of these rules? I think they are all pretty important to being a successful – and happy – writer! Can you think of any other rules that you think are important? Comment your ideas and let me know – I may do a follow-up article if people share their ideas! Hope you’re all having a great day 🙂

5 Ways To Move Forward When You’re Uncertain About Your Future

Do you feel uncertain about your future? Many people of many ages struggle with this problem, but there is no one solution. However, changing your mind-set and your daily attitude can help you to move forward and gain clarity – check out 5 ways to move forward when you’re uncertain about your future.

1. Have a great attitude. You don’t have to view your uncertain future negatively – this could be the point in your life where you discover your true passions and interests. Having a positive attitude means you are more likely to notice and seize opportunities when they pop up. Having a negative attitude can leave you dwelling on your situation, rather than focusing on how to move forward.

2. Believe in your current job. Even if you don’t want to stay at your job, focus on the positives while you’re there. From paying the bills to helping you grow as person, most jobs will give you something very useful without you even noticing. Don’t give up on your work – the skills you work on while you’re there could later help you to land your dream job.

3. Work on improving yourself. Very successful people and companies continue to work on self-improvement even when they are doing well. Instead of thinking about your uncertain future, think about you could make yourself the best version of yourself in preparation for the future.

4. Decide what you want. You may feel uncertain, but there are probably many things you are already certain about. Ask yourself; what industry do I want to work in? Where do I want to be in 5 months? Where do I want to be in 5 years? Even if you can only answer one question, that is one thing you know for sure about your future.

5. Stick it out. If you do the four things above for a week and stop, you will not feel yourself moving forward. Stay focused on moving forward and having a positive mind-set, and you will slowly but surely notice your future becoming clearer to you. Good luck!

4 Ways People Mess Up Telephone Interviews

Have you ever had a job interview over the phone? Most people have been through a few, but there are many pitfalls to phone interviews that most people don’t consider.

Check out 4 ways that people mess up telephone interviews.

They Are Unprepared

Many people answer the phone to interviewers when they are halfway through cooking dinner or looking after their children, making the interview stressful for everyone involved.

It is better to not answer if you are busy, and to simply call back later. Interviewers will leave their name and number, so hold off if you are busy and give them a ring back when you can give them all of your time and attention.

They Forget The Important Details

This has happened to most people at least once – they have answered their phone to a job interview, and because they have applied for so many jobs, they have no idea who they are actually speaking to.

This can be tough to deal with, but a good way to do so is to keep notes on all of your applications. Note down important phone numbers, and when you get the call, it is much more likely you will know who is on the end of the line without having to ask.

They Sound Disinterested

As the interviewer cannot see your outfit or face over the phone, you have to use your voice to seem interested, enthusiastic and professional.

Many people struggle with either sounding disinterested or fake and over the top – a good way to deal with this is to take a deep breath to calm you down before you answer. Focus on being clear and coherent, rather than agreeable or excited.

They Don’t Do Their Research

When people first apply for jobs, they often do some research into the company and what they do. In interviews, they use this knowledge to make themselves appear interested and keen – but many people forget to do this during phone interviews. While phone interviews often seem much more casual, it is still important to seem like you are interested in the people you may be working for in the future.

Try to do some research into the company you are working for, and write it down. This way, if you receive the call, you can simply pick up the piece of paper with all of the information you need on it. Good luck!

Do you have any tips to help people improve their telephone interviewing skills? Thank you – as always – for checking out my blog and reading my posts! 🙂

4 Ways To Advance Your Career

Many people feel like they are not advancing in their careers; that they are just going through the day-to-day motions. If you are feeling frustrated and want to start advancing your career right now, check out these 4 tips.

Learn To Earn

Are there any skills your bosses have that you don’t? Could you learn these skills? If you want to work your way up, look at the job you want and consider the skills you need to have to get that job. There are many online classes and courses that cover important skills, such as how to programme or how to learn to manage a team.

Work On Important Goals

Be a great team player, don’t arrive late to work – these are vague goals that we all have. Focus on a specific few goals that will move you forward in your career, and put some time into working on these goals every week.

Teach Yourself To Manage Conflict

As you move up the career ladder it is likely you will face conflict. Many successful people can successful deal with conflict effectively by being confident, open and honest. Focus on being all three of these things to help you to avoid and manage conflict.

Be Aware Of Your Achievements

When did you last achieve at work? Doing day-to-day work is something we all do, but occasionally you will excel at your work. Be proud and aware of your achievements; they will motivate you to work harder, and you will likely learn something from all of your personal achievements.

Can you think of any other ways to advance your career? Thank you for reading my blog post! 🙂

Can you think of any other ways to advance your career? Thank you for reading my blog post!

5 Well Paid Jobs You Can Do From Home

Translator

If you speak two languages, translation is a job option for you to consider. You can set our own hours and choose your own work, but the work can be a little monotonous!

Skills you need: You need to know a second language – and you need to be able to speak and write in this language to a high quality level.

Being fast at typing is also a useful skill for this job. As you are often paid by project, rather than by the hour, typing quickly means the same amount of money for less time.

Statistical Analyst

This job is perfect for anyone who has worked with data. You can choose your clients or just work for one company. You will interpret data for research purposes, and it is helpful for you to have a specific area to specialize in, such as health or economics.

Skills you need: Proper statistical training. This job requires some qualifications, or at least previous experience analyzing data.

Travel Agent

There are more and more home-based travel agents joining the workforce. You can work for many travel companies from home, dealing with customers and solving their queries.

Skills you need: You need to have previous experience as a travel agent, or have experience in a similar area.

Writer

If you are skilled with words, there are many magazines and websites that are willing to pay you to write for them. A good way to break into writing is to blog or to write for free initially as a hobby – once you have proof online that you’re a great writer, you won’t struggle to find paid work.

Skills you need: You need to have a good grasp on the English language, as well as punctuation and grammar. It is helpful to have an area of expertise to write about too, such as travel, finance or cooking.

Transcriptionist

Transcriptionists type up audio files for clients, and they can either work for a company or as a freelancer. You can transcribe medical, law or general files.

Skills you need: You need to be a very fast typist – many companies are interested in people who can type between 60-100 words per minute. You also need to be great at spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Can you think of any more well-paid jobs that people can do from home? Thank you for reading! 🙂