I have new tools to play with.
I’m a writer and I work, almost exclusively, on a value basis: we agree a price and I deliver.
Charging by the hour/day or, worse, per word is a killer for both quality and trust.
However, I’ve always kept timesheets for my own analysis, so that I can see how much those value-based projects actually cost me in bloody, sweaty, teary hours. They used to be simple Excel spreadsheets, one for every project, so I could work out the actual cost per hour arising from either my poor estimating or delightful rat-holing. But, I always knew that created hidden gaps.
“New tools for timesheets and blogs – @TimeCamp and @NewsBlur”
You cannot hope to be a scholar. But what you can do is to curb arrogance; what you can do is to rise above pleasures and pains; you can be superior to the lure of popularity; you can keep your temper with the foolish and ungrateful, yes, even care for them.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180),
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An excellent post from author Steven Pressfield about the painful, self-marketing aspect of being a writer. It’s relevant for all independent professionals.
For the past few months I’ve been working full-time promoting my just-published novel,
A Man at Arms, and I have to tell you … I am waaaay out of my comfort zone.
But, Steven offers an alternative mindset to the usual reluctance we feel.
Here’s how I feel about it. I don’t see it as selfish (though no doubt there are self-interested elements in there.) For me, it’s about fidelity to the book and, especially, to the characters.
It’s about fidelity to the work.
If you do good work, it deserves to be shared.
Read the rest, here.
Steven, of course, wrote The War of Art, an essential guide to getting things done. I’ve just replaced my copy. He also coined the mantra,
Put your ass where your heart wants to be.
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A salient reminder of where to focus…
Your career. What are you doing this week to make it sustainable, enjoyable and still viable in 2 years from now? Your wellness. How much are you simply moving? What’s the quality of your nutrition? Sleeping sufficient? Taking some time out? …
Read the rest, here.
Then, possibly, read
Nicholas’ debut novel, Meet Molly. More here.
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Harried by the relentless, depthless demands of email, social media, Zoom, phone and Slack?
Here’s a great idea from author
Daniel Pink, originating with statesman George Schultz – the Schultz Hour.
Pinkcast 4.07. This is how to carve out an hour a week to think big. | Daniel H. Pink
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Seth Godin is always worth reading.
Here he is on the
importance of recognising what type of indie (independent, i.e. sovereign professional) you really are…
Independent workers, founders, creators and organizers are often lumped together with a simple term, but that one-size-fits-all model fits no one.
Read, and select,
here. Continue reading
“On Indies and little breaks – @ThisIsSeth”
A person is alive when he is of use to many; he is alive when he is of use to himself. Slackers who hide out at home might as well be in the tomb. Go ahead and write it in marble above their door:
Preceded in death by themselves.
Seneca (4 BC – AD 65),
Moral Letters to Lucilius (60.4)
Kurt at Cultural Offering helps us understand why we need a home office…
Don’t you pay bills? Do you budget? Plan things to do around the house? Do you have papers scattered in drawers and cabinets?
You know you need one. The next questions are music and desk.
Steven Neumann on Unsplash.
Ground down by lockdown? You could look at this as the ultimate Stoic test and attempt to live by the maxim:
It isn’t the things themselves that disturb people, but the judgements that they form about them.”
In other words, like it or not, how we respond to things we can’t control is a choice. Nicholas Bate, as ever, has wise and pithy words,
here and here and here…
Covid Career Goals, 7
1. To be measured
by the value you create not just the time you put in.
To be constantly learning. Especially through mistakes.
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Kurt Harden at Cultural Offering has Anton Chekhov’s eight qualities of cultured people…
They have no shallow vanity. They do not care for such false diamonds as knowing celebrities, shaking hands with …
Well worth studying and cultivating.
Read the rest, here.