Personal development, history, science, literature and business

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It’s (finally) the end of the year. You’ve spent a lot of time inside, and you feel like you’ve watched all of YouTube. You’ve listened to every podcast there is. You’re waiting for an award from Netflix for ‘Most Time Spent Browsing’ yet you still haven’t made a dent in that bookshelf you spent a full day building at the start of lockdown.

Or maybe you have done nothing but read for the past six months and are looking for some new books to get stuck into over the next six. …

To be a happier person and to waste less time

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Giving up social media is a resolution for many people throughout the year, and not just at the beginning of a new one. But we all know it’s far harder than it should be. However, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to try and focus your mind on what is really to be gained from spending less time on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This is not an article designed to make you give up social media completely. My aim is simply to open your mind a little to the reasons you are spending so much time on these websites and apps. …

It’s what you do when you roll out of bed that counts

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If the pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that my time is extremely valuable. Sure, I knew this before, but I never appreciated it to the same extent that I now do. It’s not because I am aware of how quickly it can be taken away from me. It’s not because, at a moment’s notice, I could become unwell and be unable to use my time for what I want to use it for.

No, it’s because I have so damn much of it, and thus the things I can achieve are beyond the imagination of my pre-pandemic self.

I have made countless attempts to wake up early and get my day started the way that the internet tells me I should. I have written articles that describe my morning processes and specify a time at which I wake. But it doesn’t matter when I wake up. It doesn’t matter when you wake up either. …

Working for yourself is an intimidating prospect

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I started my freelancing career out of nowhere around a year ago, in August of 2019. I am a university student, and back then, I was also working in a shop part-time. Long story short, I ended up writing on Fiverr and made enough money to quit my part-time job and focus on writing and studying.

This year I have focused further on my writing, moving off Fiverr and dealing with external clients. …

Enjoy having more energy and enhanced productivity

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Over the past few months, I have played around with my morning routine more than ever. Spending so much time at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic means I am constantly trying to find ways to maximise every minute of my day.

Getting your morning wrong can often mean getting your day wrong. That was definitely the case for me for the bulk of lockdown.

I’m now managing the final year of my university degree while trying to get my writing career off the ground. …

And a few ways to apply them to your life

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Quotes can be said once with one intended meaning, and then hundreds or even thousands of years later, we can derive our own meanings from them.

We can find inspiration from the words of famous philosophers or scientists. We can put them on our walls to remind us of the things we believe in or want to achieve.

Or we can collate them and stick them in a Medium article, because we find them to have meanings for us that we want to share with others.

Some have favourite people they like to quote; others may have a certain idea about which they like to gather quotes instead. This article falls into the latter category, as I have 4 quotes that I find paint a useful picture for those dealing with any form of task or project, job or lack thereof, or just about anything that requires them to think critically in some way about their time. …

It can be done, but it won’t be easy

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I am a chemistry student in my final year of university.

Last year, at the end of August, I started freelancing on Fiverr. I was also putting in around 16–24 hours per week at my local shop. I eventually quit my job but continued to freelance on Fiverr and off the platform too, and now I am exclusively doing my own thing.

I had no real intention of freelancing, and when I first started writing for people on Fiverr, I didn’t even realise that is what I was doing. I was just writing for a bit of extra money.

I know there will be many others out there like me, but also many that know exactly what freelancing is and that want to try and do it alongside their studies. …

Even more basic than your car, house and clothes

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I have seen a few articles on Medium listing things that you should feel okay splurging on. The classic examples are shoes, a house and a car, with a few others in there for good measure too.

While I agree that these are things you should think twice about before buying cheap, there are plenty of reasons you might have no choice.

Obviously, if you are really struggling financially, you are going to struggle to splurge on anything. …

How to manage your time for maximum productivity

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Every moment of your time is important. As Steve Rousseau puts it in his article on dopamine fasting, your time is now monetized very heavily. Every second is an opportunity for someone to make money from your time, or for you to make money from someone else’s.

Although he is discussing our devices when he says this, I think the important thing to note is the idea that we see our time as being very valuable, not just because we don’t have much of it, but because now more than ever it seems to have an increased monetary value as well. …

Prices, clients and when to say no

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I have been freelance writing for just over a year now, and I have made many mistakes.

There are mistakes to be made in every walk of life, and they are unavoidable sometimes due to our lack of experience. It is through our mistakes that we learn wrong from right, and they allow us to navigate closer to our goal in the process.

Minor setbacks often lead to major steps forward if mistakes are quickly learned from and seldom repeated.

But there are some mistakes that you don’t need to make yourself in order to grow or get closer to where you want to be. …


Christopher Hanna

Freelance writer and aspiring blogger. Creator of Sophical Content.

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