Seth Godin: “Busy (and reliable)“
When you serve other people (e.g. as a service provider), initially you’ll take on any work, because you need it. Soon, if you’re reliable (i.e. good, honest, clear), you’ll be receiving way more requests than you can handle (while providing the best service) and you might end up damaging the very reputation you built by being reliable.
What’s the solution? It’s twofold.
Saying no to some of the projects and being upfront about why.
How can you do these two things?
By taking on less projects and charging more for them, while making it clear that the customers will get more than they paid for anyway. And secondly, by being honest about why you cannot take on all the projects that come your way – which is that doing so would lower the quality of your work (and therefore your reputation).
Advice To Writers: “Blocks are temporary“, Jhumpa Lahiri
Writer’s block is natural and to be expected. You need all the right conditions to be in place in order to be prolific, but sometimes they are not. The solution is sticking to a regular writing schedule, that will make sure that eventually those conditions will be there again. What we call writer’s block might also just be the natural period of time that our head needs to process the ideas and come up with “solutions”. When you feel stuck or uninspired it is often useful to take a break from writing and do something you enjoy, because it will probably bring back the “inspiration” you were missing.