Archive | August 2012

Routine: The Secret Weapon to Productivity

English: Gentaur schedule

English: Gentaur schedule (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Routine. It is often associated with boring, mundane, and undesirable tasks, but as a self-employed writer I’ve found “routine” to be a very necessary part of my life. When I stick to a routine (granted, my routine is rather relaxed and has subtle variations from day to day), I am more productive. And I’m not alone. According to the SBA community blog, “carefully managing and planning your time is critical to staying on track, keeping clients happy and reducing your stress.” It sounds like common sense, but how many of us bypass this important step to running our businesses? Here are a few things to consider when planning out your work routine.

All routines are not created equal. To get started down the path to scheduling your workday, is to ask yourself, “What kind of routine do I need?” The trick to sticking to a routine is having a routine that works for you. Some people work well with a very structured routine that accounts for every minute of the workday. Others feel stifled by such a rigid schedule and prefer a routine that fluctuates with their moods and project needs. You first must determine what kind of routine works for you. Read More…

Lost in Translation

English: email envelope

English: email envelope (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We’ve all done it—sent an email or text that was misinterpreted by the reader. This usually happens when we are trying to be cute, funny, or sarcastic. If the recipient of the email/text doesn’t know us very well (and sometimes even if they do), they may not fully understand what we are trying to say. This can lead to confusion and in some cases can offend the other party.

As a writer, I like to think that I communicate more effectively through the written word, but that’s not always the case. I too have sent the misunderstood communication and had to do damage control to keep it from wreaking havoc with a client or coworker. Over the years, I’ve developed a few tricks to keep these instances to a minimum. They’re not foolproof, but they do help. Read More…