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I was about to go on stage before a hundred of my peers, presenting a workshop idea to them. Many people had lined up to present their ideas, and only a few of those ideas would be chosen by popular vote.
As I was listening to the people on stage, I started feeling more and more nervous and regretted my decision to take part in this idea pitch.
I had just recently left a highly paid and prestigious job (and my entire legal career along with it), moved to another continent, and started a business from scratch. …
I owe Mark Manson a thank-you. Or rather, his math teacher.
Wait, perhaps I should start at the beginning. The beginning was the slump. Or rather, The Slump™.
You know, one of those times when you think you should be doing work-related things but aren’t sure what?
In my case, I had been changing a ton of things around in my business (my schedule, my business model, etc.). Kind of like rearranging the furniture, only to realize you accidentally removed one of the load-bearing walls in your house.
Long story short, my existing structure got kind of wrecked. I’m sure…
About two years ago, I made a decision that I’m still congratulating myself for today.
I decided to finally plan my honeymoon. My husband and I had only been married for, um, 4 years and somehow, we still hadn’t gone on our honeymoon.
Given that nobody regrets not having worked more on their deathbed, a different set of priorities was in order.
So, we planned a vacation in South East Asia.
Thankfully, we had aimed to travel at the end of 2019 BC (before Coronavirus). …
Have you noticed how your to-do list often grows like the heads of a Hydra, regardless of how much you try to cut it down?
Chop, chop, chop… wait, where did that new head/task/problem come from?
In the midst of that ever-expanding list, what is most important often gets lost.
While it can be hard to free yourself from the mountain of tasks you’re buried under, it all begins with a simple but magic word.
This word makes us more focused and more directed. As habit expert James Clear put it:
“The ultimate productivity hack…
I’m done with productivity as usual.
Or at least I’d like to be.
What is sold to us as productivity is often about frantically getting more and more things done, without feeling more fulfilled. Many creators leave the rat race of corporate America (or your country of choice) only to enter into another rat race that’s all about capturing attention.
Post X times each week or the algorithm will punish you. Do XYZ every day your audience will forget you. Don’t ever stop working. Go go go.
The “non-stop productivity” and “content mill” suck the joy of creation.
Over the last week or two, I’ve been stuck creatively.
It’s an uncomfortable feeling, like finding that your parking spot has suddenly become too tight. With that new car right in front of you, there’s now too little maneuvering space left to get out easily.
And so there are two options left: awkwardly inching back and forth until you can finally emerge from confinement, like a newborn butterfly leaving the cocoon… or waiting until the owner of the other car comes back.
With my creative block, I’ve tried the waiting approach. Unfortunately, the owner of the car in front of…
In his book The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferris dishes out some profound productivity wisdom in just two sentences:
“Never automate something that can be eliminated, and never delegate something that can be automated or streamlined. Otherwise, you waste someone else’s time instead of your own, which now wastes your hard-earned cash.”
It took me a while to see the brilliance of this approach. You see, when I first became an entrepreneur, I wanted to be busy.
At that point, I felt like a newborn fowl who is trying to stand on shaky legs. …
Most writers know what it’s like to feel blocked.
You know, that uncomfortable sense that you should do something. Write a blog post, email your list, finish your book… whatever it is.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly when your creativity decides to throw a temper tantrum, like a two-year-old toddler exclaiming: “I don’t wanna!!!” Believe me, I can empathize. I’m writing this article over the wails of my inner writing muse.
Your creative challenge is a form of resistance.
Resistance arises when two things want to move in different directions. If someone grabs you by the sleeve to drag you to the…
After the murder of Sarah Everard in London, our culture had frank debates about the safety of women.
It’s an important conversation to have. Sexism and rape culture are unacceptable. Every human being deserves to feel safe.
These entailed women sharing about how unsafe they felt in their lives. The extreme measures they take when walking home alone at night. The harassment and violence they have experienced.
While it’s great that we’re looking at this collective problem, there is also an overlooked danger in these debates. …