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How To Stop Procrastinating

In this blog post we will discuss ideas regarding how to stop procrastinating. Procrastination is a huge problem that prevents many of us from maximizing productivity and getting work done. Whether you are a student or creative professional, it can often be hard to stop procrastinating and get down to work. In this blog post I will discuss various techniques and mindsets to help you break out of this unproductive habit of procrastination.

How To Stop Procrastinating

If you are engaged in any kind of creative activity, you will understand how easy it is to get into a cycle of procrastination. We know in our mind we need to do something, but we neglect to actually get down to work. Instead of getting busy with what we need to do, often we will look for distractions to pass the time. This is a way of delaying the inevitable work that we have to do. Unfortunately, if you are a freelance writer or content creator, this procrastination can really lead to a lack of productivity quickly. Let’s discuss why you should limit the amount of time you spend procrastinating and start focusing on productive activities instead.

Procrastination Limits Success

If you spend the majority of your time procrastinating you will limit your ability to succeed in life. When I was studying in University, I spent quite a bit of time procrastinating. I knew I had assignments that needed to be done, but I would often put them off until the last minute. You may be able to get away with this kind of activity in an academic setting, but it will rarely serve you well in the real world. If you are a freelance writer who spends most of their day procrastinating and only a small portion of the day writing, it will likely be quite hard to succeed. So how do you motivate yourself to stop procrastinating and instead focus on your creative activities? You need to realize that there is no reward for procrastination.

No Reward For Procrastination

Whenever you are sitting there, scrolling through social media instead of being creative, remember; there is no reward for procrastination. If you sit around procrastinating all day, I can pretty much guarantee that you will not be successful. As I mentioned in my last article, hard work is the key to success. You need to work very hard in order to achieve greatness in today’s competitive environment. If you are spending most of your day procrastinating, how can you rise to the challenges of our modern age? You will not be rewarded for idly browsing social media or news websites. Those news websites and social media sites will actually make money off of you spending time on their sites. Start spending time creating your own content instead.

No Pain = No Gain

It can often feel easier and more enjoyable to consume content rather than be the one producing it. Often we fall into the trap of simply consuming media but not producing it ourselves. This is a negative trap that will hurt us financially if we are not careful. Perhaps many people simply have no desire to be writers or content creators of any kind. If you are one of those people then this article may not apply to you. However, if you are someone that wants to create content for a living, beware of the trap of consuming too much of other people’s content. If you consume too much content from other writers and creators it will limit the time and energy you have to create your own productions. I have written about this concept before in the past and you can read that article here.

The Key To Stop Procrastination

The main sources of distraction when you are trying to get things done tend to be various types of outside media sources. Social media companies, online video websites, advertisers and others are spending millions of dollars annually in hopes that you spend more time on the internet consuming content. When you have something to do in life and you feel like distracting yourself, it is far too easy to scroll to a myriad of websites and lose hours of time in the process. That is precious time wasted that you could have spent working on your artistic craft. While you should spend some time researching various topics online if you are a writer, it can become a problem if too much time is spent.

Conclusion

You have to realize that no real reward will arise from spending hours scrolling through various social media websites. You need to focus on your priorities. There are most likely various goals and activities that you personally want to achieve in life. You don’t have time to keep up with the activities of every actor or celebrity. You need to focus on yourself, first and foremost. Spend at least as much time creating your own content as you do consuming the content of others. If you are spending most of the day consuming the content of other people then you are generally not going to be the best content creator you can be.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Freelance Writer: How to Get Started

In this blog post I will write about how to get started as a freelance writer. Are you someone who enjoys to write? Did you know you can potentially turn your passion into a paid career? Let me explain how this can work and some steps you can take to get started in the field of freelance writing.

Freelance Writer

First, let’s discuss some reasons why you may want to work as a freelance writer. One reason to start a business as a freelance writer is that you can literally work whenever and wherever you want in the world. Generally, when a client needs a piece of writing done, it is not essential that you live in the same city as them for the work to be accomplished. Freelance writing is also a good career path to think about if you do not like having to commute to work every day. If you can write articles from the comfort of your home there is no need to commute. Not having a daily commute saves you time and money, and lowers your carbon footprint as well. Finally, if you love writing, getting to work in a field you enjoy is a very rewarding experience.

Why Companies Need Writers

Companies of all shapes and sizes are in need of content creators to create blogs and articles for their websites. The reason for this is simple. When you go to a search engine and attempt to find a product or service, Google will give advantage to websites which have new and fresh content posted to them often. I have written in the past about SEO and why it is important to be consistent with your blog content. The reason for this is straightforward. In order to drive traffic to websites, companies need to create “traction”. They need to create a lot of content so that search engines will give them preference over other websites.

Imagine you have two competing websites. Both have existed on the internet for one year. The first website gets updated once a month. In total it has 12 blog posts. The next website gets updated once a week and consequently has 52 blog posts by the end of the year. Which website do you think Google will rank higher when it decides which website to recommend to users? Remember, Google wants to deliver users to high quality websites with rich amounts of content. If your website is rarely updated, it does not send a good impression to search engines, readers, or customers.

How To Get Started

So, how do you actually get started as a freelance writer? I’ll give you some tips. First, you should start up your own blog and start creating some content as soon as possible. People are unlikely to hire you for freelance writing work unless you can display your abilities first. Try to get a website domain that is your name, like the one I am using here at www.RichardGillespie.ca. Next, it is time to start creating content for your blog. The more quality content you create, the more search engines will direct content to your blogs. It’s that simple. Be consistent and write about your passions. If you love video games, blog about gaming every day. It is possible that a company may contact you one day to review their video game. You never know what can happen.

Additional Tips

If you need to improve your writing abilities, try taking writing courses at your local college. I honed my writing ability while completing an undergraduate philosophy degree at a local university. Students were expected to have impeccable argumentative and writing ability in order to earn successful grades. I found that this strong emphasis on constant writing definitely honed my ability but completing an entire writing focused degree may not be necessary for you to start as a freelance writer. Simply taking some basic college courses or studying YouTube tutorials on writing can help. The most important piece of advice I can offer is to simply get started. Do not delay. Start creating today.

Begin creating content for your website now so you can draw visitors to your site who may require your freelance writing skills.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article and I hope you enjoyed these tips. Do not overthink your content. Just go for it!

Have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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How To DJ: A Beginner’s Guide

So you have decided you would like to try to learn how to DJ. Great idea. Even if you don’t do gigs, learning to DJ can be a fun way to play your music at home. Instead of simply pressing play on Spotify or Apple Music, learning how to DJ takes time and practice to get better at. In this article I will explain the basics of how to DJ and what you will need to get started.

How to DJ

First, you will need equipment. Here you have a lot of options. DJ gear can get expensive so think carefully before you make a purchase. Do you own a lot of vinyl records? If so, then buying turntables may be a good idea for you. If you own mostly digital music files, it might be a good idea to obtain a digital set up. Start by heading over to the Pioneer website. You can take a look at a wide range of DJ equipment there.

You can purchase what are called “DJ players”. These are machines which are standalone music players. You would need to purchase 2 players and a also mixer to connect them to. This is what most professional DJs use in clubs. Standalone players can cost thousands of dollars and the mixer to connect them to is generally equally as expensive. One less expensive alternative is to buy a “controller” which you connect to a laptop. This is sometimes viewed as a slightly less reliable set up since laptops can malfunction and have other issues. DJ players are considered to be reliable, dedicated, standalone music players.

What music will you play?

Once you have acquired some equipment, you will need to consider what genres of music you will be focusing on playing. You can purchase your music from a wide variety of online music stores, such as iTunes. I would recommend checking out the website Beatport. It’s a great website to discover new electronic music and it’s a favorite among DJs worldwide. Check out Beatport often for new releases and try to stay up to date with your favorite genres. Spend time listening to a lot of different music to find out what you love the best. Download the tracks you love and add them to your DJ collection.

Learning to mix

Learning to mix is not something that is easily written about. The best DJs are able to create a seamless mix between their tracks. Listeners are taken on a journey through a wide range of music, each song blending seamlessly into the next. That’s the ideal situation. However, sometimes certain tracks do not mix very well. The job of a skilled DJ is to find ways to make tracks sound interesting and complementary when mixed together. A good DJ is a great at improvisation. They know how to correct mistakes quickly if something goes wrong. Having a background in music theory can also help you as a DJ. Remember, practice makes perfect. Learning to mix takes time. Put in hours of practice mixing and you will see improvements over time.

Conclusion

Being a DJ is not extremely difficult, you just need to spend some time doing a bit of research to get started. You will need DJ equipment, music, and the ability to mix that music together in an ear pleasing way. Try to find opportunities to DJ for other people. You will learn what people enjoy and what they don’t. Also, it forces you to keep mixing track after track. Playing live is the best way to hone your skills.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog today. Have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Cleaning Your Home: The Joy of House Care

Today’s blog post is about cleaning your home. It was written by my mother, Elizabeth Gillespie. I hope you enjoy this guest blog post today regarding the joy of a clean home. Thank you for reading.

Cleaning your home

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young had a great hit song back in the 1970’s entitled “Our House “. I wish there were more songs in praise of “home”.

Early Memories

One of my early memories about feeling proud of my living quarters was while spending a month at a summer camp when I was eleven years old. Every morning my tent mates and I rolled up and tied the sides and front flaps of our old canvas tent, letting in light and fresh air. Then we tidied up our cots, tucked clothes, boots, etc. in their proper places, organized orange crates neatly and swept the floor boards clean. The final touch was a small bouquet of wild flowers in an enamel cup placed near the tent entrance.

During the morning while we participated in swimming, canoeing lessons, and other camp activities, the camp nurse, with clipboard in hand, made her inspection rounds. After lunch with all the campers
present the nurse would announce her tent group ratings. The group with the top score got to keep a big, beautiful, handmade stuffy owl for the day. The competition was fun and the tents were ridiculously
tidy and attractive.

Helpful tips

Over the years I have picked up helpful tips about keeping my home up to an acceptable standard, from my perspective. The tip contributors include my sister, my sister-in-law, a nursing school instructor, and oh yes, my mother too.

1. As the kitchen goes so goes the house or apartment. Always start with the kitchen.

2: Undesirable microbes prefer dark, damp places. Let daylight in where ever possible and ring out kitchen cloths and sponges. Drape them in ways to let them dry out.

3: Keep gravity in mind. Pay attention to floors.

4: With a two story set up have baskets at the top and bottom of the stairs. During the day when you pick up toys, clothes, and other items; put them in the closest basket. Then when going up or downstairs take a basket along with you. This will reduce trips!

5: Give your home a gift now and then, a coat of paint, new curtains, maybe a chair or whatever you like and can afford.

6: This is the fun one. Plan a party or get together with friends. Then prep your home for the occasion. Make attractive changes, big or small. For example, change pictures on the wall, tidy bookshelves, have a few games handy. Let the house reflect your unique style.

Final piece of advice

Finally, a saying I am quite fond of is “when in doubt, go out”, preferably on a pleasant day. Then return with new insight to your safe, charming abode, your very own creation.

©2020 Elizabeth Gillespie

Thank you for taking the time to read this article today. Today’s blog post was provided by my mother, Elizabeth Gillespie. I appreciate her taking the time to contribute to this blog. Thanks, mum.       

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Motivation: Tips to Help You Keep You Motivated

We all suffer from lack of motivation from time to time. I know I have gone through periods where I did not feel motivated to do much in life. At other times in my life, I have had quite strong feelings of motivation. In this article I will write about some tips to boost your motivation.

Motivation

Often we are faced with difficult challenges in life. We may have to do certain activites which we do not actually want to do. There are many unpleasant things life in that we have to deal with daily. If we try to look at the big picture and focus on why we are doing something, it can help us to stay motivated. You may be working a job you dislike. You may have an irate customer at your place of business who is insulting you and getting on your nerves. Try to look beyond the situation and to the bigger picture. Remember your goals and dreams for the future and remain calm.

I have had many high points and lows in my life. I used to work mutiple retail jobs where the managers would repeatedly tell me to wash the windows over and over again, even when the windows were clean. Only to make it look like I was busy doing something. At times like this, just laugh to yourself, and remember that you are being paid. Plan to do something with that money. Instead of taking the money you earned working that job at the mall and going and spending it on the latest pair of sneakers, invest that money instead.

Save up for a down payment on a house that you can rent out and make income. Invest in low risk stock market activity and have your money grow. Use the money you make to start a business you actually enjoy. Where you are at right now is not where you are going. Work hard, but always have a plan for how you can get out of any situation that you do not want to be in.

Everything is temporary

In order to maintain motivation, try to see beyond your current circumstances. Know that there is a better future for you ahead if you work hard. Many times we put ourselves in situations that we do not enjoy because we feel we have to suffer in order to achieve. Many people have a “no pain, no gain” mentality. They deliberately force themselves to work jobs they dislike because they feel that this is the only way to “get ahead”.

If we look around us though, we see many people who this kind of lifestyle does not apply to. Famous authors, musicians, actors, rich investors, and many other people do not live this kind of lifestyle. The rich understand the game of money. I’m sure you have heard of Robert Kiyosaki, the “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” author. He says that the rich do not work for money, they have their money work for them. You can do this too, if even on a small scale.

Even if you only invest $100 into something and in one year it makes you $10 on top of your original investment, you’ve still done well. The average annual return for the stock market overall is about 10%. Say you invest that $100 into an S&P500 index fund and it makes you $10 in a year. If you decide to sell those shares, you have no profited $10. That could buy you 2 discount fast food combos. Enough to feed you for a day. Ignore my example of it seems absurd to you. I’m just trying to illustrate to power of putting your money away and profiting off of it. It buys you a free lunch over time.

Focus on the future

Here’s how to stay motivated. Remember that where you are at, is not where you are going. If you are a young person, you have the blessing of time on your hands. If you are working an entry level job and having a hard time, do not worry. Save your money, invest, and start early. In the long run you can be rich. There is a bright future for all of us if we are diligent and invest our money carefully. If more people do this, we will have more millionaires around us. Everyone can benefit from the growth of our corporations. Unfortunately too many of us do not have extra money to invest. Or people spend on things they do not need. A lot of us are not trained on how to invest. Many miss out on the profits of corporate America due to a lack of knowledge.

Conclusion

In order to maintain motivation you have to realize that you are not stuck where you currently are right now in life. Often we feel unmotivated because we dislike the job we are in or what we are studying in school. There’s ways to change what you are doing in life. Work every single day with the tools you have to strive for a better life. Anything is possible with enough dedication, willpower, and effort.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog today. Have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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How to Stream on Twitch: The Basics

In this article I will write about how to stream on Twitch. Streaming yourself playing video games is a lot easier than you might imagine. You do not need an expensive computer or gaming rig to get started. I would recommend starting with a PS4 or Xbox console and see if you like streaming before investing in a more expensive rig.

How to stream on Twitch

First you will need to make an account with Twitch. However, before you can stream you will need to make sure your internet has a strong enough upload speed. I used to have an upload speed of less than 1mbps and it was impossible to stream with that internet connection. At minimum, I would recommend 5mbps+ for streaming. I upgraded my internet and currently I have 10mbps upload speed and it seems to work fine for streaming. Just make sure a lot of other people in your household are not streaming at the same time or it may disrupt your stream.

Start with console

If you cannot afford a gaming PC, you can instead stream directly from a gaming console such as a PS4 or Xbox One. This is a good way to get started so you can build up a few followers and see if streaming is right for you. You may find that you get bored of it. Before spending big bucks on an expensive gaming PC, make sure it’s something you really want to commit to. Starting to stream with a console can be a great way to get the ball rolling and see if streaming is something you want to pursue.

Play the game you want

Play the games you really want to play. The games that you would play anyways if no one was watching. If you want to play Fortnite, then do so, but do not do it just because it’s popular. You will soon get bored of playing a game you do not like. If you’re not really into the game you are playing, people watching your stream will recognize that. Don’t be afraid to play the game you really love the best. If you’re good at the game and fun to watch, people will tune in. Even if you’re playing a less popular game.

Stream frequently

It’s a good idea to stream frequently if you can. Many people say it’s best to have a set schedule for when you stream on Twitch. This way people know exactly when to tune into your broadcast. I would recommend streaming for short periods of time at first. What I have noticed is that when you start a broadcast, you get the most people joining your stream at the beginning. Viewers have told me that Twitch announces that you have gone live so that is why new people will enter your stream at the start of your broadcast.

If you have been streaming for several hours and no one is joining, try taking a break for an hour and coming back. Once you go live, Twitch will announce to people on the site that you have done so. My advice would be to keep your broadcasts short, but do them frequently. For example, the other night I broadcasted for 4 hours and only had new people join and subscribe subscribe at the beginning of the broadcast. Then I streamed for only half an hour the next night and had more new subscribers follow me that time. Keep your broadcast short but fun. Remember, most people don’t watch a 4 hour television show, so don’t blame them for not sticking around for your 4 hour stream.

Conclusion

Let’s go over the tips we have discussed in this article. First, make sure you have a fast enough internet connection to stream on Twitch. Nobody wants to watch a stream that keeps cutting out. Secondly, start out with a small investment. See if you like streaming before spending thousands on an expensive rig. Third, only play the games you like, you’ll soon burn out if you play games that you don’t actually enjoy. Finally, stream frequently but for shorter periods of time. Twitch notifies users when a new person has gone live so make sure you’re doing plenty of streams. It’s okay to take breaks.

I hope these tips are helpful to you as someone who is considering starting a Twitch channel. Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Saving Money: Tips to Help You Save

So you have decided that you need to start saving money. It’s a good idea to save your money rather than spend it. In this article I will write about tips that you can implement to start saving money right away.

Saving money

You have probably heard the old expression, “save it for a rainy day”. The concept of saving money has been around for millennia. It’s pretty obvious why you should have some money saved up. Financial experts recommend having an emergency fund of at least 3-6 months worth of expenses in case something unforeseen happens. You might lose your job, your car could break down, or an unexpected medical emergency may arise. It’s always a good idea to have some savings in your bank account to protect you in case of difficult times.

How to start saving money

In order to save money, it first helps to pay off any outstanding debts that you might have. The first type of debt that you should try to eliminate as soon as possible is credit card debt. Credit card companies charge around 20% annual interest on any outstanding amounts that you do not pay off of your credit card balance. That is a very high interest rate considering that the interest rate on many mortgages is 2-3% and the interest on student loan debt in Canada is approximately 6%. In order to save money you should try to pay off any high interest debt that you might have first.

Be mindful of spending

Many times we buy items that we do not really need in hopes that these items will either help us to succeed or make us happy. After the thrill of purchasing a new item is gone, these items generally sit somewhere in our houses and collect dust. Being a musician I have been somewhat guilty of this trap myself. Over the years I have acquired certain pieces of musical equipment that I currently use rarely, if ever. When you purchase an item, try to think, will I be able to use this item in 5-10 years or longer? Try to avoid buying things that will have very limited usage in your life, for example a video game that you might play twice.

Become a home chef

I love eating out a restaurants. It’s one of my favorite things to do. However, if you are looking to save some serious money, try limiting the amount of times you eat out. It’s incredible how much money can be saved by cooking all of your own meals at home. Yes, it can be time consuming. If you’re a busy billionaire, it might not even make economic sense to cook all your own food at home. For those of us who actually have to worry about cash, cooking at home can save a lot of money.

Restaurant food will almost always be more expensive than food you cook at home because those workers need to be paid and those businesses have other expenses as well. Treat eating out as a luxury that you engage in only a few times a month and you’ll start saving big. Do not use food delivery services all the time either. Think how much money you are paying in delivery fees each time.

Do not drive a car

If you do not need a car, do not own one. Even a multi-millionaire like Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank, says that he hates cars and argues that you shouldn’t own one. Think about all the expenses involved with owning a car. The initial car purchase, insurance, gas, maintenance, repairs, and more. Cars are designed to make car companies money, not you. Unless you use the car for business and absolutely need it, I would recommend not owning one. As soon as you buy a new car, it loses value the moment you drive it off the lot. That doesn’t seem like a great investment to me.

Learn for free online

Do not always think you have to pay a school, company, or business to learn something. A lot of people think they need to spend money to go back to school to upgrade their education in hopes of better career opportunities. I would never suggest that someone skip going to school if they are passionate about it. Just remember, higher education can be very expensive these days and sometimes the value of it is questionable.

With so much information available on the internet these days, be careful of what you spend your hard earned money on in terms of education. A library is always a free source information on many topics. The internet is a also an immensely vast resource of info. Much can be learned on your own so think carefully before you invest precious time and money in education. Remember, someone else is making money off of you in the process. Don’t make yourself poor so a professor or institution can profit.

Conclusion

There are many ways to start saving money. This article has only covered some of them. Essentially, you need to be very mindful of your spending. Think about where each dollar is going. Remember that there is a whole wide world of businesses trying to get you to part with your money. Corporations and companies need revenues and they want you to spend. There’s nothing wrong with buying things you like. Just remember, don’t spend so much that you go broke while corporate profits soar. Save some money for a rainy day instead.

©2020 – Richard Gillespie

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Starting A Blog: How To Begin The Process

In this article I will write all about the basics of starting a blog. There are many reasons why you might be thinking about starting a blog. In this post I will go over some of the advantages of starting a blog and explain how easy it is to get started.

Starting a blog

There are many reasons to start a blog. One reason is that blogging can be a fun hobby. Picking up a new craft can be a fun activity to engage in so why not try your hand at blogging? It is almost always fun to explore a new creative outlet once in a while. The simple joy of writing is a great reason to be starting a blog.

Making an income

Also, it is possible to make an income from starting a blog. Once you learn the skills involved in writing and producing written content, it’s possible to have advertising on your website. You can use programs like Google Adsense to allow advertisements to be placed on your blog. You can also engage in what is known as Amazon affiliate marketing. This is where you review a product and then leave an Amazon affiliate link to that product on Amazon.com. If a reader from your website clicks on the link you provide and purchases the item, you earn a small percentage of the revenue from the sale of that product.

Creating a portfolio

Another good reason for starting a blog is that it creates a writing portfolio under your name. If you search online nowadays for jobs you will often notice that companies like to see examples of your work before interviewing or hiring you. If you are looking to work as a newspaper writer, social media operator, or marketer within a company, it would be a good idea think about starting a blog. This way you will have a portfolio of your work created and ready to showcase to any company that might wish to view it.

How to Start a Blog

There are many ways you can begin starting a blog. You can start by using free blogging platforms such as Google’s Blogger or WordPress. The website you are on now is made using WordPress and it is the platform that I would recommend. With the free versions of Blogger or WordPress you will not have your own custom domain name for your blog. You blog will look something like this if you use a free version. In order to have your own custom website domain like mine here at www.RichardGillespie.ca you will need to pay a web hosting company to “host” your domain for you. You can work with companies such as Godaddy or Bluehost in order to obtain a domain to host your WordPress blog on.

Conclusion

Starting a blog is a fun, rewarding, and enriching activity to engage in. You get to express your ideas, connect with people, and potentially earn an income. You can broadcast your thoughts to the world, all while building a portfolio of writing that may help you find a job in the future. Starting a blog is an activity with a lot of positive upside potential and not many drawbacks so I consider it a good activity for almost anyone.

Thank you for taking the time to read my article all about starting a blog. I hope it has been educational and informative to you.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Content Creator Tip: Create Consistently

In this blog post I will write about the importance of consistency as a content creator. There are several reasons why you should create content consistently. I will explain these reasons and offer you some motivation to create your content.

Why create consistently?

As a content creator, there is power in consistency. News organizations, for example, broadcast daily. Viewers of the news get into the habit of consuming those broadcasts and it becomes part of their daily routine. If one day the news broadcast decided not to air, they would lose viewers because the consistency of the schedule would be broken. News organizations broadcast information daily and consistently to enforce a subtle and hypnotic power over the citizens of a nation. By broadcasting a steady stream of information, they constantly reinforce that they are the ones you should trust to acquire data. The internet has revolutionized broadcasting and empowered you as an individual to be your own independent content creator and I think people should capitalize on this new freedom.

The show must go on

The goal of any media organization is to get you to keep consuming their content. Most people understand how this works. Media organizations often run ads before or alongside of their content in order to generate income. This website is no different. As an independent content creator I need to attempt to make an income as well. If media organizations stop producing content consistently, they generally will not have an income. They need to keep finding new content to create in order to keep you, the reader or viewer, watching.

Become the media

There’s an old saying, if you can’t beat them, join them. As individuals we should try to become broadcasters ourselves. I have become tired of regularly watching overpaid news broadcasters on television reading me the news from teleprompters. We should try to become our own broadcasters of information and stop relying on large media conglomerations. One of the best ways I have found to do this is through apps like TikTok. Other good ways are blogging, and YouTube.

Easier than you might think

I used to think it would be tiresome and difficult to start a YouTube channel or a blog, until I decided to just do it. The idea that you can possibly earn even a small income from your thoughts, ideas, and content is very motivating to me. I believe almost anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Being a content creator can be a lot of fun. You get to have your views and opinions broadcast out to the world. Also, you can build influence, meet new people, share ideas, and ultimately live a richer life.

Conclusion

As a content creator, you should be producing new material daily. In doing so, you become like a news organization. Eventually, people may turn to you for your content in order to help them in various ways. When they do, there’s a chance you can earn income and that can allow you the time to produce more content. It has the potential to become a rewarding career path or side business. I feel that being a content creator is one of the most enjoyable professions you can have, especially if you are a creative person.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Accomplish Important Tasks in the Morning

In this blog post I will write about the benefits of accomplishing your most important tasks first thing in the morning. This approach has been very beneficial to me, especially during college. If you follow this approach you will be more productive and able to produce higher quality work with less effort.

I believe you will always do your best work first thing in the morning soon after waking up. The reason for this is that your mind and body has received rest during the night. Your mind is fresh and ready to accomplish the most important tasks of the day. Do not waste these precious morning hours. As the day goes by your tasks will become more difficult to accomplish.

As we move through the day we get more physically and mentally tired. Distractions tend to increase as well. Phones are ringing, emails are coming in, and social media becomes more active during the day. If we waste our morning hours watching TV or scrolling social media apps, we miss out on our most productive hours of the day.

A lot of people think the approach of staying up late at night to accomplish tasks and assignments is a good method. They believe that by drinking caffeine and staying up late they can squeeze extra productivity out of their day. What they don’t realize is that the mind is so tired at this point that it is not operating at the same capacity as it would be if you were well rested. As a student, I used to stay up until all hours of the night trying to complete assignments. I’m so glad I realized how important doing essential tasks in the morning is. The pattern of staying up late doing assignments was both unproductive and unhealthy.

Conclusion

We need to stop thinking that staying up late and working on tasks is an efficient use of time. You won’t be as productive when your mind is sluggish. Why fight to stay awake when you could get rest and start fresh in the morning? If you stay up late working on projects you will be tired and groggy the next day. It is simply not worth it. Always make sure to get plenty of rest at night. Accomplish your most important tasks first thing in the morning. It’s the best and most productive way.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. Have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie