This is going to start out pretty personal. From time to time, not all the time, but occasionally, I am crippled with anxiety. Now when I say crippled, I don’t mean “sometimes feel great.” I mean that sometimes I’m unable to move, unable to breathe and unable to think. Let me tell you about the time that I sat down in a grocery store thanks to choices.
Every year, for 13 years, I walked into an English class and someone asked me to write about my summer vacation. It was usually pretty easy because I always had baseball or vacations or summer cottages to talk about but as time went on, I found it more and more difficult. And then, school ended.[…]
One day, a coaching client asked me if she was crazy to be going out on her own, pushing herself towards the goal of earning a living through her art form and foregoing atypical employment. I told her that I had an answer and that she wasn’t going to like it. She thought that I would go with the standard, “suck it up, cupcake”, (her words, not mine) but I told her that what I had to say was much different and probably much, MUCH scarier. Her question was really about letting go of the safety net that is a “real job” and the answer that I gave her was… that safety net is a myth.
The other day I was helping a friend who has recently begun his career in freelance copywriting. He had his very first assignment and wanted to do a good job, so he asked me to read over the piece for him. As I said before, your competition PROBABLY isn’t actually your competition, so I obliged.[…]
I recently read a piece about “The Pajama Trap”. Essentially, it focused on the best ways to make sure that, as a freelance or home office employee, you were able to stay focused on get work done. Trust me, as someone who works primarily from home, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of relying on the comforts of home and failing to get done what you need to get done. I have an X-box, Netflix and a beautiful deck with a lovely backyard. Getting work done could be a challenge. One of the easiest ways to avoid getting distracted when you work from home is not to work from home. Obvious, right? In this post, I’ll talk about some of my favorite places to work and describe ideal atmospheres conducive to getting shit done.