Month: January 2019

  • A Simple Guide To YouTube Content Monetization Success

    A Simple Guide To YouTube Content Monetization Success

    When broadcasting our content, it can be difficult to understand how the next step might best affect us. With YouTube, a new platform that still hasn’t finished its development, it can be hard to know just how and why your content or approach might be succeeding or failing. Of course, one of the markers of success is that of monetization. If your videos are earning enough views and you have enough of a subscriber count, you will start to get a portion of advertisement revenue among other things. This can be an extremely motivating time, because it suggest that your content is so good people wish to watch it and potentially pay for it. That’s as good a milestone as any.

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  • The kitchen is the door to your health

    The kitchen is the door to your health

    Did you know which room is the first to receive a makeover when in a newly bought property? It is the kitchen! Close behind, the bathroom is the second most common renovation project for homeowners. Why do these two rooms receive most of the attention when you buy a house? The answer is simple. Because they are heavily involved in your everyday routine. As a result, your kitchen – and your bathroom too – tends to show signs of wear and tear sooner than any other area in your home. When you think about it, every cup of coffee, every spaghetti bolognese dish, every oven-baked cake, every sliced or peeled vegetable adds up. By the end of the day, the kitchen is a place for gathering and togetherness, where the heart of the household beats every morning and every evening as you prepare your meal. Needless to say, your favorite kitchen appliances get used day after day until they need replacing. (more…)

  • The Ultimate 2019 Guide To Getting In The Zone When You Work From HomeThe Ultimate 2019 Guide To Getting In The Zone When You Work From Home

    The Ultimate Guide To Getting In The Zone When You Work From Home

    Working from home can sound amazing – to people who haven’t actually attempted to do it. Working from home certainly isn’t for everybody. You have to be able to motivate yourself effectively to ensure you can get work and get it done. If you can’t be bothered to get dressed and sit around watching Netflix all day, then you’re probably not going to be able to earn the money you need to live. There are advantages to working from home, but sometimes, it can be even harder than working for somebody else. After all, when you work for somebody else, you know exactly when you start and exactly when you’re going to finish. Many people don’t have to take their work home with them either. The lines can be somewhat blurry when you work from home, and you can find yourself working for longer hours – sometimes feeling like you’re still not getting enough done.

    The ultimate key to getting plenty done when you work from home is being able to get in the zone. We’ve all been in the zone, so we all know how great it feels when we can just knock work we have right out of the park without a second thought! When you’re not in the zone, it can feel like you’re a failure. Despair can carry over into everything else you do that day, and many people feel like tearing out their hair.

    To help, we have 12 things you can do to get into the zone. Whether you work from home full time, part time, or this is something you’re thinking of transitioning into, the pointers below can help you. Enjoy!

     

    1. Make Sure You Have A Great Space To Work

    First of all, make sure you have a great space to work. The ideal working space can be different for everybody, so you’ll need to know what motivates you and helps you to stay focused. Ideally, it’ll be in a room where you can be alone – high traffic rooms like the living room or lounge are rarely a good place to set up your workstation. However, you might not have all that much space or choice in the matter. If you have to work in an open space, make sure you have guidelines for how other members of the household should act. For example, not bugging you unless it’s an emergency. You may also find over ear headphones helpful if you find it tough to drown out that noise.

    Other great elements of an at home workspace include:

    • Plants and flowers
    • Natural light
    • Motivational quotes and images
    • Candles/Incense/Aromatherapy
    • Colors you find motivational
    • Storage

     

    Sometimes, you may find working from another location allows you to be more productive than working at home, for example, a coffee shop. While they can be noisy, sometimes they can be helpful for creative writing tasks and things that don’t require you to crunch numbers. It’s a good idea if you can get used to working in multiple settings, as you never know what the future might hold. It’s always nice for freelancers to have a change of scenery, too!

     

    1. Have A Routine That Gets You Into The Right Mindset

    Don’t just get out of bed and sit down to work. If you do this, you’re unlikely to want to get right into your work at all. You’ll probably find you browse a few social media sites, read a few emails, scroll a little, and just procrastinate until you have to start.

     

    Instead, come up with a routine that helps you to get into the right mindset. For example, get up at the same time every day and enjoy a hot drink. Try drinking a pint of water and lemon before the hot drink to rehydrate your body and revitalize your brain. We can feel groggy when we aren’t hydrated enough! You could even read a few chapters of a self help book, and do a few yoga poses. Some people also enjoy setting intentions for the day with journaling as it gets them pumped up and keeps them focused on their goals. Have a routine that makes you feel good and want to dive out of bed. Then, make sure you feel raring to work before you sit down to get things done!

     

    1. Make The Most Of Natural Light

    You want to be working under artificial light as rarely as possible. Try to work somewhere you can make the most of natural light. Get outside for a short while before you start work if you can!

     

    1. Use Coffee Wisely

    Everybody enjoys a coffee from time to time, but in an ideal world, it won’t be a crutch that you have to use to get things done. Look at your sleep pattern and ensure you’re getting enough sleep if you feel like you have to have coffee to get through the day. The best times to have coffee are usually around 10am and earlier in the afternoon. This spreads out the buzz and allows you to make the most of the natural hormones the body uses to wake up early in the morning.

     

    1. Be Selective About The Type Of Music You Listen To

    Listening to music while you work is great, but it can depend on the kind of music you listen to. Classical music and plain instrumental music is great for almost any kind of work. However, music that has too many words can be distracting, as the brain can feel like it’s trying to do two things at once. Everybody works differently, so there may be exceptions. Some people prefer to work in total silence. Test out what works best for you and what makes you feel raring to go.

     

    1. Don’t Be Afraid To Invest In A Quality Seat/Desk/Computer

    You have to be comfortable as you work. Don’t be afraid to invest in a nice seat, desk, and equipment so you can get your job done to the best of your ability. You’ll only struggle to get things done if you have an old fashioned computer and hard chair, and working won’t be enjoyable. You can get a little crazy if you feel like it and invest in a memory foam bean bag – they can be a great alternative option for working on or even having as somewhere to sit and brainstorm ideas in your home office. Don’t forget, you can claim these things as expenses when used solely for work!

     

    1. Take Regular Breaks But Schedule Them

    Nobody should sit for hours without a break. Nobody. Take regular breaks, but schedule them into your day so you don’t feel guilty, or like you’re procrastinating. A short break should allow you to come back to your work refreshed and ready to go again. Keep them short, though, so you don’t get out of the zone. Shorter, more regular breaks are nearly always better than one or two long breaks.

     

    1. Be Firm With Family Members And Friends

    As you’re working from home, it can be tough for you if family members and friends don’t realize that what you’re actually doing is really work. They might call you and ask to go for coffee, or even arrive at your house unannounced. Make sure you’re firm with them beforehand so they know not to bother you at certain times of day. As we mentioned before, working remotely does have its benefits, but for the most part, you do need to act like you have a job.

     

    1. Get Dressed

    Working in your pyjamas can sometimes be part of the fun, but it can also hinder you if you’re not careful. Think about it logically; do you feel more productive wearing work clothes, or sweats? You’ll often find you get more done and feel in the right mindset when you look the part.

     

    1. Feeling Drained? Do Some Exercise!

    Maybe you don’t feel like doing much when you get out of bed, or you feel drained part way through the day. A great way to combat this is exercise. Going for a quick run, doing a few sprints, or even just doing a few star jumps can help you to get your blood pumping and energy back up. People like Tony Robbins swear by this! Usually, doing a workout in the morning can help you to have a more productive, happier day overall.

     

    1. Take A Nap

    Maybe you don’t need to get moving. Maybe what you really need is a nap. If you’re doing work that is taxing on your mental energy, having a short 15-20 minute nap can leave you feeling refreshed, with better memory retention, and enjoying a plethora of other benefits. The challenge is forcing yourself to wake up. If you stay sleeping, you’ll feel groggier and likely won’t want to go back to work.

     

    1. Ban Yourself From Emails And Social Media At least For The First Part Of The Morning

    No matter how tempting it is, don’t go on your emails or social media for a few hours in the morning. Use this time to get the real work done without letting the outside world in!

     

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  • Does the right job make us happy in life?

    Does the right job make us happy in life?

    It’s that problem we all face at some point. Yes, there are those people that are lucky enough to have found a career where they have landed on their feet seem to be set up for life, but as time goes on, things come into focus. And the question of settling down may come up, or maybe we’ve forged a good career path, and we don’t want to rock the boat. This respect, the question of happiness vs career is one that we have to ask. It shouldn’t be this way, but if we’re trying to navigate this, what should we be looking at?   (more…)

  • Always broke? This is how to trick yourself into saving more money fast

    Always broke? This is how to trick yourself into saving more money fast

    The people who are able to save money effectively are few and far between. Saving is something that is just really hard to do. Giving up buying stuff now to get more in the future is rather abstract to most people.

    What’s more, saving requires constant discipline. You can’t be a good saver online on Tuesdays and Thursdays and then not the rest of the week. Saving is something that you have to do every day of the week. One massive spending spree at your favorite online retailer can completely derail your efforts. (Think ASOS).

    So with that said, are there any hacks that can help you get around this rather annoying problem. Do you have to be a Trappist monk to save in the 21st century? Or are there shortcuts that make the whole thing a lot easier? Check out the following. 

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  • Get the better of beerless evenings with an alcohol cabinet you can trust

    Get the better of beerless evenings with an alcohol cabinet you can trust

    As you know I just moved, which means I get to start from scratch (after all the years of traveling I sold all my stuff!). Next up? A bar cart! For the beer lovers among us, an alcohol cabinet can often seem like an elusive thing. Many of us are happy to stick with the beers we know, or even better, the stuff we make in our own microbreweries. But, alcohol cabinets are handy things to have for those times when you fancy something a little bit different. A change is as good as a holiday as they say. Your guests, too, are sure to appreciate the selection that an addition like this can bring. That’s exactly why we’re going to take you through a crash course on stocking a selection to make any barman proud.

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  • 3 Important ways to look after your heart health

    3 Important ways to look after your heart health

    As you start to get older, you’re more prone to all sorts of health problems so you need to start taking care of yourself better. A lot of people think that they don’t need to worry about this stuff until they’re well into middle age but that’s not the case. There are a lot of health problems that can start early so you need to get on top of them right away. Your heart health is one of the most important things to consider and it’s something that people leave far too late a lot of the time. Even if you don’t think that you’re anywhere near old enough to worry about your heart health, you need to look after it by doing these things. (more…)

  • How to become a professional blogger & be your own boss (and go from hobby to professional blogger by learning about legal + business side of blogging)

    How to become a professional blogger & be your own boss (and go from hobby to professional blogger by learning about legal + business side of blogging)

    If you’re fairly new to blogging, hosting, domain names and all these terms might scare you.

    Here’s an example of how it works from the back end when you have a self-hosted blog (the part you usually don’t see unless you have access to the blog to edit the design or blog posts).

    There are a few types of blogs you can start, from free to very professional and a bit more costly.

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  • What you need to know to make your blog your business

    What you need to know to make your content creation your business

    If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that consistent content creators are entrepreneurs – many have built huge enterprises from humble beginnings as an influencer. If you have a passion for writing about a particular subject, you may want to see if you can enjoy some of the same success. Below, I’ll talk about what you need to know if you want to make your blog your business.

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  • 8 Things every entrepreneur needs in order to be successful

    8 Things every entrepreneur needs in order to be successful

    Being a successful entrepreneur is an incredibly hard job.

    Whilst most people think owning your own business is an easy thing to do as you can work from home and control your own hours, they don’t often see the hard work and hours that goes into making every single one of your dreams come true.

    Although it’s hard, being a successful entrepreneur can also be one of the best decisions you ever make.

    Whether you’re starting your own business to allow you to spend more time with your family, whether you’re money orientated and want to increase your earning potential or whether you have an incredible business idea you couldn’t resist exploring – here are 9 things every entrepreneur needs in order to be successful: (more…)