There’s nothing worse than being extremely busy, yet extremely unproductive.
Well, it turns out it’s a genuine dilemma many people — in business especially — face every day. The average employee is only productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes per day. Engaged employees are more productive, resulting in a 21% increase in profits (Source). It’s even more challenging when your business is at stake.
The struggle is real.
We’re caught up doing things we shouldn’t be doing. I’ll be the first one to admit it. After all, we live in an age where distractions rarely cease to invade our…
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Okay, I realize I’m not exactly the best guy to answer the question “how to get more claps on Medium?” (Psst! Check my other Medium stories).
So, Let’s get something straight right off the bat: I don’t have a lot of writing experience; I am still new to blogging on Medium. Heck, I don’t even think I’m that good a writer, and I sure as hell have no idea how to get more claps on Medium.
Awful way to start a story, I know, but hear me out…
Hey you! My name is Mehdi Jouay. Call me MJ.
I’m 28 years old. I’ve been a writer on Medium for almost a year now (still basically new). I’ve enjoyed every second of it.
I teach English for a living. I’ve been doing that for 6-ish years. Teaching will always be the beginning of my professional journey. Prior to that, I was an extremely shy person. I struggled with being myself. Through teaching, I was able to go beyond my expectations and face all my fears. …
Lately, I’ve been feeling productive. I always try to write and achieve meaningful results. It doesn’t always feel like that though. I get busy doing so much work that I end up doing very little.
Ever had one of those days?
It’s frustrating. So, I’ve been asking myself, How do I know if I’m being productive?
For me, it’s a feeling. I watch how I feel. When I complete all my tasks for the day, 1 of 2 things happen:
First off, let me start by saying I love Medium. I keep on publishing here because I enjoy it. Let that be clear. There is no better place I’d rather be writing stories and train as a writer than on Medium.
However, it is far from perfect. It has its flaws. Let’s talk about that because I don’t see many people doing it. So instead, what you have is a lot of stories about how Medium helped writers make hundreds and thousands of dollars, how they could build and grow their email lists, and how they quit their jobs to…
You sit down, turn on your laptop, stare at it for a few minutes, open your Word or Google doc, then wonder how and what you’re going to write. You wait for the words to come, except they take forever — sometimes they never do. Now you’re frustrated and confused. Doubt sets in. You wonder, what’s the point of it all? Is writing truly your calling?
Does this ring any bells?
This happens almost every time I want to write. I’ve been doing it for almost 2 years, and this is what I discovered: writing, like any other skill, takes…
You know when you decide to go to the gym and you hear a voice inside your head that tries to convince you to take a break?
That voice is our worst enemy. It is progress’s biggest nemesis.
The worst part is it never goes away. It’s always there, ready to whisper things you want to hear: It’s there when you want to wake up early to write. It’s there when you want to exercise. It’s there when you want to work on a business or project. It’s always present. Its goal: to slow you down.
Writer’s block, to me…
I would love to meet my teenage self if I had the chance. I’ve got so much to tell him.
Back when I was a 15-year-old kid, my entire life revolved around games, movies, series, and soccer. I’m not remorseful though. I always say everything I went through made me the person I am today.
No regrets, just lessons.
However, If I could go back to the age of 15, these are 5 things I would have done differently.