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 – A reader lives a thousand lives

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.

-– George R.R. Martin

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.

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

How being an organized writer improves productivity

Most people find organizing their writing hard, but being organized is the key to effective writing. You should always plan what you’re going to write before you begin writing. Organizing your work helps you develop order in your writing, which will help in avoiding repetition or even leaving out important points. A writing plan can be a few jotted notes to a detailed numbered outline.

Most writings, especially blog writings, have three main parts: the introductory part, the body, and the conclusion. The introductory part should inform your readers about the aim of your blog post, the contents of your post, and what you’re trying to prove in writing. The body should have all the facts, arguments, and information in a coherent order that can be easily understood by your readers. The conclusion should summarize everything by reporting your findings, your views, and your final thoughts and recommendations. 

How to Order Your Writing

There are several ways you can use to order your writing. The type of order used in your blog posts largely influences your readers since it shapes their thinking and interpretation of your work. Some of the common ways of ordering used in writing blog posts are:

  • Ascending order of importance – the most important ideas last
  • Descending order of importance – the most important ideas first.
  • Ascending order of complexity – the simple ideas first.
  • Descending order of complexity – the complex ideas first.
  • Chronological order – ordering your ideas in sequence.


Out of all these orders, the most useful ways of organizing your work are descending order of importance and categorical order. Ordering your work is useful because it allows readers to maneuver easily through the document and not to miss important information. Listing your most important ideas and arguments first increase the chances of your audience reading the article.

Being organized improves efficiency.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re doing fiction, non- fiction, poetry, blog posts, or any other type of writing work. Any type of writing requires you to communicate ideas to your audience clearly. To come up with an article that’s clear and compelling, you need to introduce the right facts at the right time. How you organize, and the details and how you choose to support your points can drastically affect your productivity as a blog writer. The order of your points determines how well your audience will understand what you’re saying in your article.

Being Organized Makes Your Articles Professional

Apart from the message you’re trying to convey, your reader will also get an impression of your professionalism from your work. If your work is poorly organized with ideas not listed in an orderly manner, your audience may get an amateurish impression. On the other hand, if your article has well-organized ideas with smooth transitions, accompanied by just enough details, your audience will feel confident in you and the information you’re presenting. Being organized will give your work a polished and professional look, which is very vital for any kind of writing.

Being Organized Makes Your Articles More Immersive

Every time your audience has to stop and try to make sense or understand what you’re saying, he/she is tempted to stop reading your article. This not only agitates your work but also weakens it. However, if you make your points clear and list them in an orderly manner, it will eliminate the need for your readers to stop and try to figure or relate one idea to the other. Organizing your writing will immerse your readers in your writing. 

Having a project plan ensures that you Won’t Miss Important Details.

If you’ve ever written a text to a friend about something urgent only to discover that you did not include the most important details in the text, you already know how important organization is in any form of writing work. A project plan helps in this, but in case you don’t want to use a project plan, making a small list of the what you’re planning to include in your article and the types of keywords you’re planning to use can help in keeping you on track. A project plan will ensure that your final piece won’t leave out anything that your audience needs to know or understand. This is also very important for blog posts that require a specific set of keywords to improve their SEO rankings.

Organization Helps to Avoid Repetition

Apart from ensuring that you don’t miss important points, the good organization also prevents repetition. Most blog writers are victims of redundancy, and this is mostly caused by poor planning. Most people find it challenging to remember what they’ve already discussed, especially if you’re working on a piece for several days, weeks, or months. Organizing your work using an outline or project plan will make your article more concise, thus improving productivity.

Organizing your work Saves Time

Organizing your writing doesn’t just benefit your audience; it helps you as the writer too, knowing where you’re headed to when writing will save your time since you will spend less time revising your work. This especially comes in handy with longer articles that may have multiple plotlines and subsections. Without prior planning and organization, it’s easy for you to get lost when working on longer pieces, and you may find yourself rewriting large sections as a result. Organizing your work well can the time spent on the article drastically, which in turn improves productivity.

Organizing your work and workplace reduces stress levels.

Being organized with your writing and workplace also reduces stress levels. Just picture a situation where you need a copy of an article you did two years ago. If things are well organized and everything is neatly labeled, tracking the article down would be a piece of cake, instead of a source of stress! Organizing your work and workspace will also ensure that you don’t become too engaged in a task and lose track of time. Set calendar and time alerts to keep you on track and organize your workspace to avoid the stress of misplacing copies of your work and rushing to complete tasks after falling behind schedules.

Effectively communicating your thoughts and ideas to your audience requires good organization and structure. Knowing what to introduce first, how-to guide your audience from one section of the blog post to the other, and when your writing needs information and insights will not only make your writing powerful but also professional and fun to read. The type of writing you do doesn’t matter; organizing your work will improve productivity.

Quote – The Ills of Knowing Too Much

There is nothing more disenchanting to man than to be shown the springs and mechanism of any art. All our arts and occupations lie wholly on the surface; it is on the surface that we perceive their beauty, fitness, and significance; and to pry below is to be appalled by their emptiness and shocked by the coarseness of the strings and pulleys.

–Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Importance of Dressing for Success

The Importance of Dressing for Success

Having dressed up for a special occasion, did you feel a sense of confidence than normal? This is likely because you unknowingly practiced the psychology of dressing for success. Some might argue: how does something as inanimate as clothing affect your confidence? As it turns out, a lot more than you might think. In today’s article, we’re going to discuss how the way you dress affects your attitude and confidence, as well as the importance of dressing for success.

Outfits and Their Appeal to Yourself

There’s something about looking good that generates levels of confidence no matter the situation you’re in. Consider the way you felt, when you finally mustered the confidence to ask your crush out on a date, you will likely dress for the success of that situation. Haven’t you gotten dressed up and had your hair professionally trimmed and groomed before your date?  If you have ever done a task correctly or achieved a personal incentive such as a better-looking body or a healthier diet; it probably made you feel more confident or genuinely happy. Dressing for success accomplishes this same feeling because if you think you look good, then you outwardly express that same energy.

Outfits and Their Appeal to Others

On the opposite end, the way you dress is going to be perceived in such a way by other people. If you show up to your job wearing a Hawaiian shirt, khaki shorts, and some flip flops, you will express a vibe of one that is too laid back and lacking a work ethic. Not only will others think of you as casual, but you yourself might think in terms of a casual manner. Thinking casually and not professionally may hinder your work ethic, produce less of a result, and potentially end the day on a bad note.

If you dress for success, it may influence your workmates as well. When others see you actively trying to look professional and hard-working, some of that energy will cause them to wonder: “He looks great, he is working hard! Maybe I should step up my game, so the boss sees!” Though that perception is a working example, the same idea carries over to many other intentions you and your outfit may have.

How You Can Start Dressing for Success

If you like the idea of your clothes, making you think and feel more successful, then here are some tips to start dressing for success. In the morning, take the extra time to do your hair, really make sure you cleaned your teeth for a perfect smile, and ensure that you did a respectable job shaving. Next make sure your outfit stands out with an air of professionalism, tuck in your shirt just right, make sure there are no creases, and when you are satisfied, make sure that you know you look good. Your success depends on your own psychology of dressing for success. So, look good, feel good, and own the day with your professionalism – both your boss and your work-ethic will thank you.