Procrastinating on a Writing Project? Use the 300-Words Trick

There’s something about writing that makes it especially easy to procrastinate, even when you’re motivated to do it. An email conversation with a reader got me thinking more about this.

If you’ve ever procrastinated or felt stuck on a writing project, you’ve most likely felt like you don’t have enough time to write or you don’t know what to write about. This trick solves both problems.

Juggling Parenting and a Creative Career? Here’s What You Need to Know

This is a guest post by Ali Luke:

In six years of freelancing and writing fiction (with a fair few up and downs), the worst thing I’ve done for my creative career is starting a family.

I have absolutely no regrets – with one gorgeous toddler, and a rapidly growing bump, my writing simply isn’t my biggest priority right now.

I’ve also got few illusions now about being a mother to young children and someone with a creative/entrepreneurial career. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but I don’t think any non-parent can fully grasp how much life changes post-children.

Maybe you’re a mother or a father. Maybe you’re expecting (congratulations!) Or maybe you’re not quite that far on the road to parenthood yet, but it’s something that lies ahead for you.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far.

Mastering Your Mastery Plan

At a foundational level you’ll be less engaged if you aren’t doing work you consider worth doing.

Heidi Johnson’s guest post explores recent research around workplace engagement and explains a proven framework to help you get more of it.

Using the three levels of engagement, Heidi shows you how to develop your own Mastery Plan to become an expert who is motivated, deeply engaged, and most importantly, happy.

How to Create a Diverse, Inclusive Online Community

Diversity is a hot button issue nowadays. The country is moving towards a more multicultural and diverse environment, with diverse audiences possessing significant buying power. It’s important for brands and marketers to recognize this immense potential. Embracing diversity is not only the right thing to do, it’s the best decision you can make for your business. Ignoring diversity means you’re leaving money on the table. While many brands recognize they should be embracing diverse audiences, there is also a disconnect in the how of it.

This guest post by Nailah Blades breaks down the do’s and don’ts for small business owners on how to authentically build an online community that is diverse and inclusive.

4 (+1) Ways to Look at “Do What You Love”

Guest post contributor Mike Bruny dives deep into 4 different viewpoints on the “Do What You Love” trend popular in today’s discussion around career planning and work.

Particularly interesting is a new(er) viewpoint about working mindfully, regardless of whether or not you’re actually doing what you love. Mike offers a fabulous question you can ask yourself when choosing your next career if you subscribe to this viewpoint.

Finally, Mike gives you a fifth option for re-thinking “Do What You Love” that ties in nicely with Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.