*This post is a bit of a departure from our regular posts on writing, but Courtney Rosenfeld (guru of the gig economy) has some fantastic tips here on minimizing distractions and maximizing productivity, good for writers and any other self-starter types. When you’re ready to quit your day job and work for yourself full-time, where … Continue reading Time-Saving Tools to Help You Take Your Side Gig Full-Time
From Lifehacker, Brad Isaac shares the productivity advice Jerry Seinfeld gave him years ago: "[Seinfeld] said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. But his advice was better than that. He had a gem of a leverage technique … Continue reading Jerry Seinfeld’s Productivity Tool
"Some people are scared of putting space in their calendar to think. Our calendars are symbols of how much we're getting done, so leaving some of that precious space 'empty' for thinking feels wasteful. Yet the most productive people I know aren't in meetings all day. They rarely declare anything 'urgent.' They attend only the … Continue reading Do you allow yourself time to just think?
Like everyone else on the planet, I’ve been looking back on the past year. As a writer, I don’t really need the New Year in order to evaluate myself. I have daily resolutions to write more, and I look back on my progress all the time. But the New Year offers that fabulous blank slate. And writers … Continue reading New Year, New Habits
One of our memberships was created with people like me in mind - the struggling writer, recent grad, nervous to check balance in bank account type. But this membership isn’t taken advantage of nearly as much as some of the others. Possibly, I thought, people just don't know that it's an option. We offer the … Continue reading Share The Space
One day in April of this year, I woke up to my ordinary routine as a music writer and editor in Los Angeles. I was working on a critique of a new album, planning my social media efforts for a weekend covering an upcoming music festival, and “writing at” (as opposed to “writing”) a short … Continue reading My Halcyon Days As theOffice 2013 Fellowship Winner