- More active (walk, stand, climb) then you ever were.
- More creative (write, share, produce) than a former you.
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.Continue reading “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), Meditations (8.8)
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.
Put your ass where your heart wants to be.
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?
Then, possibly, read Nicholas’ debut novel, Meet Molly. More here.
Harried by the relentless, depthless demands of email, social media, Zoom, phone and Slack?
Image: Claudine Gossett Photography (via UChicago News)
Seth Godin is always worth reading.
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)
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.
Ground down by lockdown? You could look at this as the ultimate Stoic test and attempt to live by the maxim:
Covid Career Goals, 7
1. To be measured by the value you create not just the time you put in.
5. To be constantly learning. Especially through mistakes.