Habits

My 29 Extremely Personal Tips for Surviving Your First Five Years in Business

I quit my job five years ago, two months after making my first bit of money from my new freelance copywriting business. Sometimes, even now, I have these moments where I’m like, holy fuck, this is my LIFE. I don’t have to rely on anyone else to earn enough money to live. I don’t have to be anywhere at a certain time each day. I don’t have to do anything […]

5 Lessons from a Group Writing Challenge

Last week I shared my own lessons from the 28-day writing challenge. But I am just one person! An awesome person, admittedly, but still only one. So I thought it’d be fun to share some of the insights from everyone else who took the challenge alongside me. Here’s what this beautiful burgeoning community had to say: Accountability Works One of the main reasons I started this challenge was to help […]

What I Learned from Writing 500 Words a Day

For this entire year I’ve been saying how I thought writing every day would be the most impactful thing I could do for my business. But I still never did anything about it. Instead I’ve been creating new courses, running old ones, and swanning about the globe. So at the start of October I got my shit together and started a new 28-day challenge: to write 500 words every single […]

Unproductive at Home? 4 Steps to Make Your Home Office Work for You

Completely separating work from home sounds nice in theory, doesn’t it? When you’re at home, you can relax. When you’re at your chosen work space, wherever that may be, you get shit done. But the main problem here is that when you rely on an external place to do your work, you’re also at the mercy of external factors. Here are a few things that can throw you off: There […]

My 5 Secrets for Morning Routines That Stick

1. Stop Sleeping With Your Phone I know, I know. I titled this post ‘5 secrets’ and then go on to tell you the most obvious fucking thing ever about why your morning routine is failing. AND YET YOU’RE STILL BLOODY DOING IT. If you’re serious about developing a better morning routine, this is hands down the first thing you should do. Leave your phone in another room. Turn it […]

How to Improve Your Life and Business by Conducting 28-Day Experiments

Something I started doing a few months ago is 28-day experiments. I’ve found they’re an excellent way to make gradual changes to my work and lifestyle without too much pressure. I’m the kind of person who rebels against rules and is absolutely horrified at the thought of any sort of restriction placed on me, so saying I’m going to commit to doing something ‘forever’ – the way we often do […]

How to Make Sure Freelance Writing Doesn’t Ruin Your Life

Ever been in this situation? You’ve got a shitload of work to do, but you’re putting it off just because, you know – procrastination. But the longer you put it off, the higher the pile gets, and the more you sit around fretting about your work but not actually doing it. And the worst part? You don’t do anything else during that time either. Well, nothing enjoyable anyway. Sure, you […]

What I Learned from Writing First Thing Every Morning

Recently I decided to start conducting 28-day experiments, making simple tweaks to my day-to-day life to find out what works best for me. This sprang from me getting increasingly frustrated at myself for never being able to make any real changes to my lifestyle. Every day I’d think I had a better idea than the day before, so I’d do that instead – never giving anything a proper chance. So […]

My Personal Mantra for Getting Shit Done

I have a mantra for myself: to always do what feels right for me at the time. I figure that way I can never regret anything, even if something doesn’t work out quite how I’d hoped. ‘Well, I made the best decision I could – nothing more I could have done.’ This mantra plays out in big ways and small ways. Big life decisions such as breaking up with someone […]

What I Learned from My 28-Day Exercise Challenge (Plus a New Challenge!)

So, four weeks ago I decided to embark on a challenge: to exercise every morning except on Sundays. I’d alternate between plyometric training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and strength training on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For a long time I’ve been obsessed with crafting the perfect morning routine, but have been getting increasingly frustrated with myself for not being able to decide the ‘best’ morning routine, and so not […]