I’ll be the first to admit I take on a lot.
I like to be busy. I like to learn and try different things, to meet new people, and to see new places.
There’s a drawback, though. Taking on a lot means it’s easy to start to feel rushed. And then it’s hard to enjoy whatever it is you’re doing or working on.
One of my big goals this year has been to slow down without necessarily cutting back. And so far, I’ve been happy with the results.
I feel like I’m doing better work. (Not that I was unhappy with my work at this time last year… I’m just happier with what I’m doing now.)
I feel more connected to the people I’m with. And I feel like I’m making more memorable memories.
It hasn’t been an easy mindset shift, though.
Rushing from one thing to the next is a bad habit, and like any habit, it can be a tough one to break.
If you’re also working on cutting the rush-rush-rush out of your days, here are the things that worked for me.
Being mindful. So much comes back to being mindful. Before I start anything — even unloading the dishwasher — I take about five seconds to acknowledge to myself what I’m about to do and to remind myself that I don’t need to rush.
Breathing deeper. There is something about a long, slow breath, drawn in from the belly and then released through a simple act of relaxation that seems to make the clocks actually start ticking slower.
Taking breaks between tasks. When I wrap up my work on one project for the day, I take 20 or 30 minutes to read, nap, or go for a walk before I dive into my next project.
Letting go of how much time any task should take. I’m a big proponent of scheduling and that includes estimating how long I think the things on my to-do list will take. But once I sit down to work on a task or project, I let go of the time limit I imagined and just let the work take what it takes.
Eliminating that rushed feeling from my days has maybe improved my writing and maybe not. What I know for sure is that it’s definitely improved how I feel about the work I’m doing. And that’s been a good thing!
New on the Site
Google has been making plenty of noise about what they call Core Web Vitals. The premise behind Core Web Vitals? To provide a standard set of guidelines to measure whether a web page is delivering a good user experience (UX). That’s important stuff, both to web writers and to their clients. Whether or not you want to dig deep into the technical side of Core Web Vitals, it’s good to have a basic understanding of the things your clients may be worried about on their websites. In our latest Tech Corner, Andrew Murray pulls back the curtain on Core Web Vitals.
Advertising, earning leads, making sales… these things all come down to good communication. So it’s surprising how many companies are just not that good at communicating. But you can help them with that! And these 10 tips from John Torre will help you communicate more persuasively.
Do you ever find yourself tempted to hide from your problems? For web writers, coming up with reasons to put off essential, but uncomfortable things like marketing yourself, is pretty common. In her latest Reality Blog, Suzanna Fitzgerald talks about the importance of simply showing up and letting people see you.
Mark Your Calendars
May 26 (Wednesday): Practice Assignment submissions are due! If you want the chance to have your sample homepage included in our webinar later this week, make sure you send it to me before May 26th comes to an end. You can find all the details of our current Practice Assignment right here.
May 27 (Thursday): Just like any industry that relies on digital marketing, the opportunities for Business-to-Business writers change and grow rapidly. B2B is a great sector to be in because many of the companies have decent-sized marketing budgets along with a healthy respect for what writers do. In this live interview, B2B Writing Success’s Managing Editor, Lisa Christoffel, joins Wealthy Web Writer to talk about some of the biggest and fastest-growing opportunities in B2B… plus she’ll share some of her favorite tips for getting started. I hope you’ll join us!
May 28 (Friday): A website homepage is one of the most complex, challenging, and fun web-writing projects you can take on. In this live review of Practice Assignments submitted by your fellow members (and hopefully you!), you can see what works well in a homepage and what things to watch for so you can make your copy stronger.
Around the Web
Vulnerability will make your writing stronger, simply because it will help your reader connect with you better. Darren Rowse talks about the power and importance of vulnerability here.
Some interesting shifts are happening in social media. You can see the stats right here.
I love this piece on micro journaling from ProWritingAid… and I think you will too.
Looking to level-up your influencer marketing skills? These tips from Digital Marketer will come in handy.
That’s all for now. Make it a great week!