Multitasking is Destroying Your Productivity! How to Curtail Your Multitasking Habits

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In theory the concept of multitasking is incredible. Tackling numerous jobs at the same time gets more done, right?  It definitely seems that way from an external perspective, the worker with various projects on the go always looks busy. Busy people are hard workers and hard work gets results. Or so the theory goes.

If multitasking really were so effective the people we admire for always being so busy and juggling so many tasks wouldn’t really be that busy at all. Their desk would be clear of all paperwork, their email box would be empty and there would be no outstanding calls to make. Instead, they’re left running around like a headless chicken trying to complete even one of their several goals. Don’t mistake being busy for being productive, quite often the opposite is true, being incredibly busy is actually the result of a lack of productivity.

It’s easy to feel as though you’re being less productive when you’re focusing on a solitary task. There’s something inside that screams handling multiple projects at once is the most productive method. It’s a difficult belief to get over and I’m sure that a simple warning from me isn’t going to change your mind. Thankfully there’s plenty of research to support the fact that multitasking isn’t all it’s made out to be.  Continue Reading

If Content is King, Then Presentation is its Prince

Content is King, Presentation is prince, pete boyle, have a word

Even in my comparatively short time as a professional writer I’ve heard the term “Content is King” so much that it’s become a permanent fixture in my repertoire of undesirable clichés. Unfortunately as is true with most cliché terms, there is more than a modicum of truth to content and its royal appointment. Even knowing […]

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The Email Template that Landed a $0.30 a Word Client!

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Those of you already subscribed to the HaW email list will know that I’ve been working on getting permission to use a cold email template which landed a writer a rather lucrative repeat business client. Apologies for the delay but I’ve been pretty busy recently meaning it’s taken me a while to get everything sorted, […]

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Why Book Learning Won’t Help Your Writing

Book learning, balance, education

We place so much importance on education, on the learning of theory and practices with an ever diminishing focus on actual application. There was a time in the UK where a young man or woman was spoiled for choice when it came to vocational apprenticeships, a great way of gaining valuable on the job experience […]

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Why Comparing Yourself to Others Leads Nowhere

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There’s a natural desire within us all to want to be the best. A competitiveness that causes us to draw comparisons between ourselves and our own achievements with those of the people close to us. Whether you’re an overly competitive person or not, I’m sure that you have at least once been guilty of comparing […]

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8 Steps to Find More Content Ideas than You’ll Ever Need!

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Whether you’ve been writing for a week, a year or a decade you’ll still have those days when you sit down at your computer ready to pen your next greatest article only to think to yourself: ‘Shit, I’ve got nothing.’ It’s not uncommon and you’re definitely not alone. Writer’s block is one of the foremost […]

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The Power of Precision Writing. Why Brevity is Important.

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I am a waffler. I have this incredible ability to stretch a 10 word sentence into a 100 word essay, a gift i’m sure many who have read through my work have noticed. I blame university for nourishing my love of irrelevant filler, it was pretty much the only way I’d ever hit those ridiculous word […]

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The Language of the Blogger, Weak Words to Avoid

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When I look back to my childhood I find that my memory is woefully lacking and incredibly patchy. It’s comprised of unrelated snapshots; windows into short periods of time or single instances to which I often cannot even attribute an approximation of year or my own age. Sure enough I can recall the large events, joyful […]

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