There is much to be gained from reading nonfiction

Business books and magazines are great, but there is as much or more to be gained from reading nonfiction. There is a certain education and situational knowledge that comes along with being widely read. You run into a lot of ideas, a lot of concepts, and you find a lot of connections.

 Anthony Iannarino

Quote – defeats in life happen

I never thought about losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. . .. We all have to take defeats in life.

— Muhammad Ali

How You Prepare For The Day Impacts Your Perform

The concept of working from home or freelancing is becoming quite popular. As regular jobs become very demanding and even uncertain, there are thousands of men and women who prefer working out of the home. While working from home is certainly a great idea for supplementing the main income, there are many who still do not believe that it could be the main source of income for earning the bread and butter for the family. While the debate still continues, we will now be looking at a different aspect of work from home.

When we are in a regular nine to five job, we have to follow a rigid routine whether we like it or not. We need to wake up at a particular time, complete our daily morning chores in a hurry, and get ready to travel to our workplace. There are specific dress codes in some organizations that have to be followed. Even otherwise, we cannot afford to go to our workplace in our nightgowns or other such casual attire. We do give quite a bit of importance to the way we dress. It does impact the way we look and the way people perceive and think about us. According to experts, it also could impact the way in which our work efficiency is in the workplace.

Home-Based Work And Dress Sense

In this article, we will try and find out how the way we dress could also impact our freelancing work and work that is done from the comfort of our home. We also will try and find answers to the question of how to prepare for the day when working out of the home. This will be useful to housewives and women in particular who are happier working from home taking care of their children and family. Even many men find it convenient and less stressful when they work from home on a freelance basis. Freelancing is also referred to as telecommuting, and those who belong to this category are increasing quite rapidly. According to some studies, the number of telecommuting workforce in American has increased by a whopping 80% from 2005 to 2012. Hence, there is no denying the fact that working from home has certainly taken roots, and it will continue to grow quite strongly.

Should I Dress Up Formally?

When working from home, many of us tend to take things easily, and often, there is a laidback attitude to it. While this might look convenient and easy, according to experts, the way we dress for our work has a role to play as far as our efficiency and productivity are concerned. Switching from working at an office to working in a home could be a challenge, and it is a big change. Hence, you should try and answer the question of whether you should dress up formally even while working from home.

Yes Dressing Does Impact Your Work From Home

Though there is not much of a consensus on our work-from-home productivity and the way we dress, studies have pointed out that there are certain types of clothing that can influence the psychological process of the wearer. It also could alter his or her perception. People who work from home and who are also formally dressed tend to become more serious and more focused on their work. It does not mean that the person has to wear blazers, tie, and shoes, but he or she should look formal when they look at themselves in the mirror. Wearing informal and home-dresses often tends to make a person-friendly, laid back, and this could have a ripple effect and could impact the way in which you work.

Why Being Dressed For The Occasion Helps

The way we look and the way we dress has a direct bearing on our productivity level. However, this does not mean that we should be uncomfortably dressed in our endeavor to look formal. There is nothing wrong being in Pajamas provided it is neat, pressed and not crumpled and dirty. Getting on to your workstation straight from your bed should be avoided. There are some basic lessons in the discipline that one should follow. If you look at workers and even business persons in countries like India and China, they treat their workplace as a place of worship. Hence, they believe that they should go to their place of worship neat and clean. They are of the firm opinion that they should open their computers and their telecommuting set up after they have taken their bath or after they have freshened up.

The Proof Of The Pudding Lies In Eating

There are many people who are of the opinion that being dressed casually does not impact performance at home in any manner whatsoever. They also do have a point, but one should know the difference between being casually dressed and being downright lazy and unkempt. The latter should be avoided at all costs. If there are people who still believe that dress does not have a role to play, let them try out three different scenarios.

  • You could try and be in your normal office dress, perhaps without a blazer or tie. You could start working and find out as to how it feels after a couple of hours of work.
  • You could be in your casual clothes but be sure that it is comfortable and cozy. A T-shirt with jeans is a perfect example of being casually dressed.
  • You could be in your nightgown or pajamas which you might have used for your nights’ sleep. Try working with these dresses on.

There are research studies to prove that the level of concentration and focus is certainly much higher in the first two types of dresses. This is perhaps because of the subconscious mind that tells your conscious mind to perform better when you are either formally dressed or casually dressed with decent outfits.

Conclusion

In fine, though many people may not agree that the way we dress in our homes has a role to play in our freelancing and home-based assignments, science and logic prove otherwise. Hence, there is nothing wrong being decently dressed when you are at your workstation. You should learn to respect and revere your work. Yes, there are also other things like the ambiance and work environment that you have. It should not be noisy, and the ambiance should allow you to concentrate on your work properly. It all boils down to individual mindsets and other attributes. At the end of it all, it does make sense to be decently dressed without going overboard and imposing strict dressing codes on you while working from home.

Quote – Writing is like any craft

Writing is like anything-baseball, playing, piano playing, sewing, hammering nails. The more you work at it, the better you get. But it seems to take a longer time to get better at writing than hammering nails.

— Betsy Byars

— Betsy Byars

Quote – They may just be little things

I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually, they make the difference between winning and losing.

— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Quote – never wait for inspiration

I am a believer in regular work, and [I] never wait for inspiration.

— Jack London

Quote – strong, effective writing is concise

Vigorous [strong, effective] writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

— William Strunk, Jr.

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Poetry – THE STREAM

I know a stream
Than which no lovelier flows.
Its banks a-gleam
With yarrow and wild rose,
Singing it goes
And shining through my dream.

Its waters glide
Beneath the basking noon,
A magic tide
That keeps perpetual June.

There the light sleeps
Unstirred by any storm;
The wild mouse creeps
Through tall weeds hushed and warm;
And the shy snipe,
Alighting unafraid;
With sudden pipe
Awakes the dreaming shade.

So long ago!
Still, still my memory hears
Its silver flow
Across the sundering years,—
Its roses glow,
Ah, through what longing tears!

— Charles G. D. Roberts

Poetry – WHEN THE CLOUD COMES DOWN THE MOUNTAIN

When the cloud comes down the mountain,
And the rain is loud on the leaves,
And the slim flies gather for shelter
Under my cabin eaves,

Then my heart goes out to earth,
With the swollen brook runs free,
Drinks life with the drenched brown roots,
And climbs with the sap in the tree.

— Charles G. D. Roberts

The Value Of A To-Do List

Let’s face it; we all forget sometimes. With the copious amount of information our brain stores, it is extremely difficult or to just put it plainly, impossible, to recall all of them. For this reason, we usually need something to help us remember what we are supposed to do and at what time. A to-do-list is one of the best ways to do this. So why are to-do-lists important to have? Well, let’s find out.

  1. It helps you save time

The fact that time can neither be stopped nor reversed makes it one of the most precious things in the world. When making a to-do-list, you usually write down when certain activities should be completed especially those with deadlines. This helps you complete them early enough so that you don’t rush hours to the deadline and end up doing poor work that could potentially lead to loss of clients or even your job. Moreover, you get ample time to complete all your other tasks. We would recommend setting time limits for all your activities. This makes you even more productive. 

2. Allows you to set priorities 

Letting your head organize your work as you go is like playing Russian roulette. You are typically leaving everything to chance, and soon enough, you will end up failing to accomplish a more urgent task simply because your head dint have it on the top priorities. Making a to-do-list, however, allows you to arrange your tasks from the most important to the least important. By doing so, even when your head is flooded with other thoughts, you are able to remember what task needs to be looked at urgently. In short, you will never skip an important task.

3. Helps you reduce stress and anxiety

Everyone wants to have a stress-free work life, and the vision of such a life varies for most people. However, we can all agree that when you’re happy, your family is happy and your boss or client is happy then you are less stressed in life. Now imagine a situation where you keep on waking up in the middle of the night to complete work you should have done during the day because well, you forgot. First of all, you will keep disturbing your family with your movements. Secondly, you will be panicking because you’re working on a limited time. Thirdly, the work you will deliver might not satisfy your client. So to summarize this, neither your family nor your client will be happy, and this will, of course, increase your stress level. With a to-do list, you are able to avoid such problems. As a matter of fact, just having it gives you a sense of confidence that you will be able to finish the tasks required of you. This already reduces your stress the moment you wake up in the morning to work.

4. You are able to monitor your progress

We all love it when we put a tick or cross out an accomplished task on our to-do-list. It usually shows progress. Whether it was a personal goal like shedding off some extra weight or a professional one like making your first $100,000, you are able to see your progress and achievements. This usually motivates you to even go an extra step and get that body you desire so much or even make more money from your work. This is the power of writing down what you want to do. It shows you just how far you have come and how far you can go.

5. You become a more organized person

Prominent people like Elon Musk and Bill Gates have a system. They know how to organize themselves in a way that helps them get things done faster and efficiently. That is why they have achieved so much in their life. The main reason for having a to-do-list is to keep you organized. It helps make tasks easier and more manageable. It also shows that you have a plan. A person with a plan is more likely to achieve his/her goals faster and more effectively than one who just dives in aimlessly.

Conclusion

As you can see, a to-do-list not only improves your memory but also makes you more productive, less stressed, organized, and motivated to get on with your work every day you wake up. So get your to-do-list notebook or app and start planning today.

Quote – it’s foolish to crow

The moral is clear: The wisest folks know That it’s so nice to win, but it’s foolish to crow.

— Aesop, Greek writer

Writing tip – How inspiration improves writing quality

Everyone has different sources of inspiration. As a writer, inspiration is not optional; it’s the irresistible force that drags you the computer and influences you to write something that may change the world. As a blog writer, you must somehow find inspiration for as long as you have to keep your blog updated with high-quality content. 

There are many benefits to writing when you’re inspired. Finding inspiration for your writing work will help you generate fresh ideas, as well as maintain a smooth flow of ideas. Below are some ways on how inspiration improves writing quality.

1. The Writing and Language Will Flow More Naturally


Although there are several ways you can use to structure your information when coming up with a manuscript, your article will sound and feel more natural if you write it when you’re inspired. Inspiration helps you to write in a natural tone, with a natural flow of ideas. But remember to remain on topic as it’s easy to slip into a comfortable writing style, which may move your ideas away from your target audience. 

2. Idea Generation Will Be Easy



Seeking inspiration from your favorite writers will assist with idea generation as soon as their words start rousing your mind. The benefit of writing when you’re inspired by your favorite writers, of whom you’re well versed with their style is that you’ll be able to keep track and relate your ideas. Inspiration will let your mind wander and generate ideas related to whatever your planning to write about with ease. You can list down all the ideas and filter them based on their relevance, connections, and how they relate with your main theme. Being Inspired may even promote the generation of new and unique ideas that are better than what you might have written without inspiration. 

3. Inspiration Will Improve the Quality of Your Writings.

If you’ve ever wanted to improve the quality of your writings, the best thing to do is look for inspiration. You don’t need a specific trainer, theme, or topic to do this. Inspiration will help you generate lots of ideas and themes, and it will be up to you to choose the best idea based on your type of audience. The more you get inspired, the more you get ideas that can be developed into something unique and more complete.

4. Inspiration Increases Creativity.

Everyone was born creative, but being inspired will open your mind to a whole new world of creativity. Being inspired will make your mind wander, which will feed your mind with crazy ideas. Letting your imagination wander will give you unique ideas that your readers would enjoy reading. The crazier the ideas, the better. The more you’re inspired to experiment with different opportunities, styles, and possibilities, the more creative you’ll become. Being inspired is a great way to increase your creativity levels. 

5. Being Inspired Helps You to Stay Organized.


Writing when you’re inspired helps in keeping your thoughts comprehensible and organized. You can explain in detail the feelings and opinions you had about a specific occasion. You’ll remember the events in detail if you the inspiration to write the article was from a specific event, and you won’t lose track of your ideas even if you continue writing after a few days, weeks, or months. 

By writing articles that are particular to certain topics, inspiration can make you achieve and organize your thoughts in a better way. You can seek inspiration from life events, e.g., the time you graduated from high school or even a business you once had that failed, and the reasons behind the failure. Whatever you decide to write about, being inspired when writing helps you organize your thoughts into points and phrases that make sense and relate more to your readers.

6. Inspiration Helps in Maintaining Focus

Inspiration also keeps the writers’ mind focused on the theme. We usually think we can control our thoughts, but a recent study revealed that negative thoughts act as a barrier to self-growth. This is because the mind is prone to doubt and vacillation, which makes it prone to distraction. Often as a writer, you may feel a deep inner sensation to complete your article, the mind will go along with your ideas at first before you run out of ideas and start encountering obstacles in achieving your goal. Inspiration will keep your mind focused until when you achieve your final goal. 

7. Being Inspired Motivates You

Having inspirational thoughts while writing your articles motivates you to complete the article in time. Being inspired while writing your articles will benefit not only you but also your audience. Although the reasons or source of your inspiration may vary, the intense need or desire to accomplish your wishes through writing is usually consistent regardless of the drive behind them.

8. Inspiration Gives Writers a Sense of Direction

Inspiration normally has specific needs, urges, or desires, which somewhat predetermine the actions and direction taken in your writing. Knowing what you want to achieve as you write will enable you to focus and compose your article in a more coordinated fashion. This will act as a guide in how you structure and express your ideas.

9. Inspiration Gives Your Writings a Purpose

Having inspired thoughts when writing will remind you of exactly what you want to achieve, you’re your writing and the best way to do it. Without being inspired, it would be impossible to stick to your main agenda. Inspiring thoughts will remind you of the purpose of your writing, which in turn improves the quality of your writing. 

10. Inspiration Gets the Job Done Within a Short Time. 

When you’re inspired, writing will be faster because the ideas are fresh and already in your mind. Although sometimes generating ideas and expressing them in words might seem difficult, focusing on the reward instead will motivate you to get the job done within a short while. Just think of the reward you’re getting from writing that blog post, or what you’ll lose by not publishing a high-quality blog post, and use them as a source of inspiration.

The need for writing when you’re inspired is important if you expect to succeed in improving the quality of your articles. The ability to think and come up with high-quality articles is critical for the success of an article writer, and finding daily inspiration before writing will help you produce high-quality blog posts for your readers. As you’ve seen, inspiration is the ‘motor’ that propels your content to greater heights. You can seek inspiration from the people around you, music, poems, the natural world, or even from your inner resources.

Poetry – A Smile

Let others cheer the winning man,
There’s one I hold worthwhile;
Tis he who does the best he can,
Then loses with a smile.

— anonymous poem, found in The Book o Virtues, ed. by W. J. Bennett