Category: Professional

10 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts

By , March 1, 2010

I am a fan of keyboard shortcuts. And the more I write and research, the more they come in great hand (no pun intended). Even after I got my fancy trackball mouse with a ton of buttons, (4 to be exact), I still like my keyboard shortcuts.

It’s often quicker to use the keyboard than to find the pointer and set it to where I need. Some examples are closing tab and opening tabs. Say I need to search for something related to a page I’m on but I don’t want to change the current page. I use these keys: Ctrl T to open a new tab, then TAB over to my search box to type my search.

Believe me, that was longer to type than to execute. And quicker than using the mouse. The reason it beats the mouse is because there’s no need to reorient yourself. I’m already on the keyboard. I don’t have to navigate anywhere to find the tab or button to add a new page. I don’t have to reposition the cursor to the search box to start typing.

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The Forward Motion Formula

By , January 22, 2010

There is a special blend of powerful ingredients that, when mixed, can make big things happen in your life. I’d almost forgotten about it until recently. I’m using it now. And even before I have new concrete results to post, I want to share the recipe with you.

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Q12: BONUS: How many leads do you pursue at one time?

By , December 28, 2009

Answer to #12 of 12 Questions I think are important for commercial writers to know. I think these questions are especially important for people newly striking out on their own.

I don’t have a set number yet. The reason this question is a bonus is because I’m forcing myself to do this hard part. I wanted to say that I don’t pursue leads at all. I can’t say it because it’s too early in my freelance career. And, it’s too early because I think it will always be something I’m open to in case I come across a job I really want.

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Q9: How do you know when it’s time to terminate an employer?

By , December 10, 2009

Answer to #9 of 12 Questions I think are important for commercial writers to know. I think these questions are especially important for people newly striking out on their own.

It’s very hard for me to terminate employers. But some situations make it necessary and therefore a little easier to say good-bye.

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Q8: What do you like about the work you do?

By , December 9, 2009

Answer to #8 of 12 Questions I think are important for commercial writers to know. I think these questions are especially important for people newly striking out on their own.

I think it’s really important to know what motivates you about what you do. Often you can get caught up in a person or a project or a company, veer off track and end up very far from what you started doing. It’s also possible that the same circumstances can have the effect of causing you great distress, negative stress, and you wonder why you continue.

That’s when it’s really important to have your personal motivations in place. They may be the only incentives you have to draw on as impetus to continue. My suggestion is that you keep it simple and keep it meaningful to you.

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