Posts tagged work
How I'm Currently Organizing My Daily Schedule

I’ve always gravitated toward a steady routine in order to feel productive throughout the day. This mentality stems from university where I really didn’t have a lot of time between classes to get my essays done.

To stay on top of everything I would schedule my months in advance and set aside specific times devoted to assignments. Doing this made it so much easier keep track of everything that was due without scrambling last minute to get it done. Needless to say, I never missed a deadline.

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How To Get Things Done When Your Environment Isn’t Conducive To Productivity

Moving back in with your parents during a time of significant change isn’t easy. There are a lot of moving pieces in play that can really affect the way you live your life and maintain a level of productivity that makes you feel successful and in control. Seeing as I’ve recently moved back home after almost a year of living abroad, I thought I would share some insight into how I’m attempting to reach my goals in a less-than-ideal environment. From home renovations to old familial habits rearing their heads—we all might need a bit of help when it comes to navigating stressful spaces and maintaining productivity.

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Why I Don't Subscribe To the Girlboss Mentality

It’s taken me a very long time in my freelance writing journey to consider myself “the boss”. However, at the end of the day, that’s exactly what I am and what I need to be in order to get things done. I have to be both the CEO and the employee—one guiding the other the do the work necessary to reach the end goal. The notion of being the boss in your small business was always somewhat of an afterthought for me, but with the rise of the Girlboss movement, it really made me think about how I want to approach my professional life.

I find that we are inundated with ideas of how you should be acting or thinking when it comes to being an entrepreneur, but none of them feel right for me. So I thought I would write a post about why I don’t subscribe to the Girlboss mentality in case anyone is feeling just as much uncertainty about it.

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What Working From Home Actually Looks Like

Let’s face it, working from home is great if you’re an introvert like I am. There was nothing more luxurious and comfortable to me than the thought of leaving my 9-5 office job and working from home, creating my own hours, and just doing what I wanted with my time. While I can still agree that there isn’t any other work lifestyle I would enjoy as much, there are a few aspects about working from home that I didn’t expect. It wasn’t until I started experiencing them for myself did I recognize that, no matter what, nothing will ever be ideal and you should always manage your expectations when it comes to finding the right path for you.

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The 3 Basic Steps Of Becoming A Freelance Writer

I am by no means an expert when it comes to running a freelance business or even really knowing all the twists and turns that come along with the title. I’m (in my mind) only a month in to being officially a content writing business owner, however, I have learned a few basic things about the process in my previous 2 years of freelance writing. Not to mention the countless hours I’ve spent researching every minute detail that goes into getting setup and started so that the business can be as effective as possible.

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Learning How To Trust Your Gut

A good question to ask yourself when it comes to trusting your gut is why, during moments of doubt or hesitation, you are convincing yourself that everything is fine. The reason for not following your desires might surprise you and provide some enlightenment that can drastically improve your life. As I mentioned above, I tend to placate those around me, so whenever I try to justify uncomfortable situations it’s usually with external opinions in mind. Whatever your reason for convincing yourself that your instincts are valid, be sure to question it as soon as you notice yourself dismissing a red flag.

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3 Necessities When You Work From Home

Anyone who knows me knows that working from home is the dream for me. Having access to a personal washroom, a kitchen with all your favourite food, and a comfy couch to sit on for your lunch break are just a few of the perks of running your own business and working remotely. However, after months of being within the same four walls for both work and personal time, I’ve learned that there are a few necessities you should have to make the experience that much more comfortable and efficient.

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My Blogging Regrets

I’ve been blogging on and off since 2015, but it took me a fairly long time to really focus on growing it as an online platform. While my blog isn’t how I make money, it is necessary for someone who writes for a living to showcase their work and writing style. At the moment, I think I’ve gotten into a pretty good flow with my blog, but there are still many regrets I have about how I’ve treated it in the past. If you’ve gone through a similar blogging journey, I’d love to hear about it because I know I’m not the only one out there that doesn’t really know what they’re doing with their online presence.

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5 Ways I Want To Start My Day

Seeing as I’ve started my freelance journey again, this time with a fresh perspective and newfound motivation, there are a few ways that I want to begin my days that I haven’t been able to do in the past. Everyone has their own routine that makes them feel ready to take on the day ahead and I’m still searching for the one that’s right for me. Seeing as I don’t sit down at my desk until 10 am to start working, I have a fair amount of time in the early morning to begin practicing a new routine that I think will help me stay focused throughout the day.

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Why I (Sometimes) Suck At Being Productive

Productivity isn’t always easy for me, especially when I’m in a loud or disruptive environment. This is one of the reasons why I don’t thrive in offices—there’s just too much going on and I get distracted very easily. I need to be able to sit in silence, put my head down, and get work done. Unfortunately, that isn’t always my situation and I often find myself succumbing to distractions that are preventing me from achieving everything I want to. For today’s post I wanted to talk a bit about why it’s sometimes hard for me to be as productive as I would like to and what might be a good solution for anyone else that is struggling with this too.

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4 Useful Podcasts If You're Starting A Freelance Writing Business

This past year has been a rollercoaster for me and, what I now consider, my business. I didn’t start off thinking that the freelance writing I was doing was in any way, shape, or form a business or that I was an entrepreneur, but the more time I’ve spent researching it and learning about what goes into doing it successfully the more I realized how naive I’ve been. Freelancing is not for the faint of heart—there is no steady paycheque, no health benefits, no one behind the scenes managing all the minute details and technicalities.

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Never Not Working Shouldn't Be The Norm

The past few years have taught me a lot about what it means to be an adult and what productivity actually looks like. In school we are told that eight hours out of your day, five days a week, need to be strictly devoted to “working”, whether that be for your job or for your education. The rise of the internet and the ability to work from wherever, whenever, has completely changed what productivity looks like and has made our past notions of it seem incredibly antiquated.

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Little Loves

The past few weeks have been…intense, to say the least. I’ve experienced a lot of change, self-discovery, and a few mental breakdowns. But, hey, who doesn’t every once in a while? Seeing as I’m getting back into my blogging groove I thought I would kick this week off with another post dedicated to all the things that I’ve been loving lately. I can’t say my interests change all that much from month to month, but it’s always interesting to see what crops up in these posts when I feel inspired to write them.

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4 Things To Consider Before You Turn Your Hobby Into A Profession

Turning your hobby into a career might sound like the ultimate dream (and I’ll admit, it is), but it’s not always as simple as it seems. I’ve known since high school that I wanted to be a writer and after having pursued that career dream for the past year and a half, I can confidently say that it’s not all peaches. Sure, you’re doing what you love, but sometimes the reason you love it is because it isn’t “work”. Seeing as I’ve recently had a work transition into magazine-style writing (very different from my the technical writing I was doing before) I thought it would be helpful to share my experience transforming my hobby into a career.

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My Everyday Work Makeup (Ft. Glossier)

Hi! Yes, it’s me Kat, returning from the depths of the internet and my existential crisis with a new beauty post. It’s been about 3 months since I’ve written about beauty on my blog and I’ve missed dipping into that kind of content and photography. In one of my recent posts I talked about starting a new job that was in an office rather than from home and, evidently, it has really affected my blog posting schedule and motivation. So, for today I wanted to go back to a classic ‘everyday makeup’ post, but this time with regards to my daily work routine. And yes, all of it is Glossier. What can I say? I’m obsessed.

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Things Are Changing...Again

If you read my blog regularly then you might have noticed that my weekly number of posts has decreased significantly since the beginning of the year. That’s because things have been changing for me, somewhat rapidly, in the last few weeks. Change is something I always tend to fear and move away from, but I also know that at times it’s necessary in order to get from where I am to where I need to be. My recent motto during tough moments throughout the day where I feel my anxiety spiking is “the only way out is through”, forcing me to understand that there isn’t always a loophole to void the shitty things in life. Sometimes you need to just push through to the other side.

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How Finding My Purpose & Embracing It Changed The Way I Live My Life

For a long time, I was embarrassed to talk about how much I liked to write or even allude to wanting to write for a living. It just didn’t feel like a valid career path and, so, made me feel less valid as an adult. It felt like I was chasing a child’s dream rather than embracing a passion that I so clearly had from a very young age. This refusal to take on a non-traditional work lifestyle is something I see very often in my generation, especially in the Greek community which I grew up in.

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