Beyond the Rhetoric


Posts Tagged ‘work ethic’

On the Perception of Productivity

November 16th, 2016

As I was working “the third shift” earlier this week, a thought occurred to me. I was getting a fair bit of work done for a client. Each task had a corresponding dollar value, so I was feeling especially productive. This was a very good feeling, until I realized that all this work came at […]

On the Life of a Prolific Blogger

June 2nd, 2015

A major concept that all new freelancers, independent contractors and small business owners need to understand is that of billable hours. The hourly wage that you may have once earned at a more traditional job is not equivalent to the hourly rate you should charge when you are in business for yourself. You must account […]

Experimenting with the Pomodoro Technique

March 5th, 2015

As a freelance writer working from home, I face (at least) a couple of key challenges on a daily basis. First, I don’t get paid unless I actually work. Contrast this to a job where you are paid an hourly wage regardless of your relative level of productivity. Second, there is no one hovering over […]

Sunday Snippet: Lisa Kudrow

February 15th, 2015

“You have to surrender to the fact that you are of too many in a highly competitive field where it is difficult to stand out. Over time, through your work, you will demonstrate who you are and what you bring to the field. Just stay with it and keep working.” Especially in the age of […]

On the Merits and Pitfalls of Precrastination

December 22nd, 2014

No, that’s not a typo. In discussing all of the life hacks and tips to boost productivity, the topic of perpetual procrastination inevitably rears its ugly head. And we already know that the bottomless pit of the Internet is full of distractions, constantly tempting us away from what we should be doing today. But what […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: Putting in Work

May 21st, 2014

You may know Stephen Fung from the work that he does with Futurelooks, but he’s also an active advisory board member at a local school. Indeed, he has been working with the Douglas College marketing students for the last couple of years, helping them understand website and social media management. For their practicums, Stephen has […]

Productivity: The Conundrum of Keeping Focus or Moving On

September 10th, 2013

As a freelance writer with multiple clients, I am constantly juggling multiple projects. Some of these are more time-sensitive than others, but if you were to ask any of my clients, they would likely tell you that their project should naturally take priority. So, when I sit down in front of the computer each day, […]

Sunday Snippet: Stephanie Dickison

September 1st, 2013

“Being a writer is a lot like being a chef – each day you get up and try to create something new while maintaining the stuff that you have to crank out every day. They are careers you only pursue because it is something that is inside you – otherwise you would not be able […]