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How to do a lot in 6 months by doing very little.

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Seven months ago, I had never written a single word in a creative context.

Writing had always been torture for me. Whenever I had to write uni essays, application letters, or reports at work, I threw up a little. In fact, I recently rediscovered a professional self-assessment, in which I…

3 crucial benefits we forget by romanticizing freelance lifestyles

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Let me tell you a secret.

Even though I’m a former employee turned freelance writer, I envy people who work a 9–5.

I know, I know. It sounds paradoxical. Freelancing is the epitome of professional fulfillment for many people. You can decide who you work with, when you work, and…

And 3 entertaining alternatives you can use to save time and money

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Cancelling Netflix was one of the best decisions I made in 2021.

Which is weird because I’ve savored the platform for years. Binge-worthy shows like Dark, Atypical, and Black Mirror rank among the best storytelling I’ve ever experienced. And amazing content like this keeps popping up weekly. It’s unlimited entertainment.

2 sustainable and prolific strategies I learned when I finally stopped working.

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Many people think that being a successful creator is about working hard, putting in the hours, and grinding your way to the top.

And at first, it seems to be the logical conclusion:

  • “The more hours I put in, the more content I produce.”
  • “The more content I produce, the…

3 investments you can make today to increase your long-term happiness

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It’s an age-old debate.

Can money buy happiness?

The answer is — as with most questions in life — it depends.

Most research says yes. But the money-happiness relationship stagnates at a certain point. One US-American study suggests annual incomes above $75,000 stop contributing to our emotional well-being. …

It only takes a few minutes and is soulfully soothing for any inner turmoil.

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I was anxious.

I didn’t exactly know why. Or where it came from. I wasn’t even sure whether it was anxiety — or stress, or fear, or worry, or pain, or sadness, or melancholy, or any other draining emotion.

I just knew something was there. And it sucked.

I lay…

The secret is to enjoy your own company. But how?

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The wisest words I’ve ever received to beat loneliness come from the American writer Edith Wharton. In a letter to a suicidal friend, she writes:

“I believe I know the only cure, which is to make one’s center of life inside of one’s self, not selfishly or excludingly, but with…

Do these 5 things instead.

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I’m a recovering advice addict.

I first tasted the drug in the summer of 2020. Back then, I desperately needed to get out of a rut. The pandemic kept me isolated at home. I wrote my bachelor’s thesis on a topic I hated. …

If you’re too scared to make that big life transition, this might change your mind.

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“You’re afraid, just like the rest of the world.”

Ouch. This line hit me like a crossbow arrow straight into my heart. 47 pages into The 4-Hour Work Week, I was seriously offended by the author, Tim Ferriss.

“Shh. You’re not afraid. It’s okay,” a miniature angel on my left…

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