Have you ever heard the expression, “Work Smarter, Not Harder?” The longer I work as a freelance writer and editor, the more I’m learning about ways to create passive income. Do you have products you’ve created, like online digital courses or ebooks that other people would buy? Have a robust e-mail list that you could sell affiliate products through? I break down different ways to create passive income in the post Get Savvy and Make Money While You Sleep.
As someone who works from home and has teenagers in the house who can shovel potato chips in by the handful and never gain a pound, I’ve had to get creative with meal planning. When I’m on a deadline and spending too much time at my desk, I'm tempted to grab unhealthy choices for snacks and meals. In this post I share some of my strategies for meal prep and meal planning so I can spend more time writing and less time thinking about my next meal.
What I’ve learned during the COVID-19 quarantine is that there’s always time to learn something new. In the past I may have told myself it would be better to spend my time brainstorming new article ideas and ways to make money, I now have a different opinion. Taking webinars and classes are a great way to step outside of your comfort zone and get your creative juices flowing. In this post I share how I stretched myself by taking a creative nonfiction class, thus producing more material than I would have imagined.
I’ve journaled before but never stuck with it. But last summer I started a new journaling practice that is a little different, and it has helped me focus in on my goals and dreams and even check the first dream off my list! Learn more about the practice here.
Even in the midst of being productive, it’s also important to take time to pause and give yourself the breaks you deserve. This post shares the story of how a simple act of kindness helped me to understand that every creative person needs time to recharge now and then.
Renee Roberson is an award-winning freelance writer and editor and creator of the podcast, Missing in the Carolinas.