Navigating the twists and turns of this thing called life.

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“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” — Prince

One of the quickest ways I have found to induce a state of insanity is trying to make sense of the whirlwind life throws at you.

While many self-help gurus have made millions promoting the idea that life itself is something you always have control over — I to this day have never found said aphorism to be mired in any form of truth.

There are things in life that no matter how much we prepare for, or how hard we try to change them, will ultimately unfold in ways we may never have expected them to. …


In the age of optimization, what happened to simply living?

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It was only just recently I realized how tired I had become. When it came to the gospel of efficiency and productivity, I truly believed I had done everything right.

Every single minute of my day was accounted for. Each conceivable aspect and outcome of my life was meticulously planned in advance.

Simple meetups with friends and family were treated by me as if they were major appointments — ones that couldn’t afford to be given away liberally. …


The do’s and don’t of writing for an audience.

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Anyone who’s ever considered writing as their main profession will quickly tell you it is not for the faint of heart. Writing is something that demands your full attention — and above all, a considerable amount of grit and willpower. As writers, we are always looking for new tips and quick fixes to ensure our content quality is up to par.

Much like productivity gurus seeking to maximize their efficiency, we as writers are in a constant pursuit of finding tried-and true methods to and expand our readership.

In light of all this eagerness and uncertainty to be found amongst those wishing to fine tune their craft, the question still…


Hint: It’s not about writing faster.

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In a world where maximum efficiency and a surgical level of productivity are often considered the norm — it can be hard for many of us to keep up with the pace of a high speed work culture.

For writers, this struggle can manifest itself in a myriad of both internal and external forces working against us.

Quite frankly, it can be a bit discouraging to spend days on an article — meticulously editing and fine-tuning our ideas — only to glance over our shoulder and see writers who seemingly possess a supernatural ability to publish three articles, two blog posts, a half a book manuscript all within the span of a 24-hour period. …


How maintaining a 9–5 job could benefit you both professionally and financially.

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The 9–5 way of life has not been given a good rap as of recently.

Every day across Instagram, we are told that 9–5 living is death to our soul, that if we willfully accept such an existence that we have somehow failed to reach our full potential.

The allure towards this type of perspective isn’t entirely our fault however, as it is something that has been ingrained in us from an early age.

Every year, as springtime passes and summer leans forward, millions of college graduates will be administered the same form of gospel that has routinely been proselytized to them by millionaires and self-help gurus…


Tips to ensure that we make a habit of surviving our lowest points.

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We’ve all been there at one point or another.

As much as we try to remain optimistic, and keep that glass half full mentality we’ve been taught to cultivate, the reality is that life often has a habit of getting in the way.

Though we may have entered the journey as young, bright-eyed, idealistic beings ready to take the world by storm, we are now broken, beaten, and as down trodden as they come.

It can be hard to find a silver lining when pain and heartache have become the most prominent motifs in our lives.

While the road ahead may be arduous and grueling in its disposition, it also holds the potential for immense growth and substantial personal fulfillment if we dust ourselves off and shift our perspectives a bit. …


Tips to ensure that life doesn’t pass you by quicker than you can keep up with it.

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Whether we like it or not, we currently live in a high-octane, 5G optimized world that seems to be moving a mile a minute.

Everywhere you look people are finding ways to either make effective use of their time or speed up the procession of said time even faster.

We’re constantly told we need to be doing something.

A minute spent resting or simply just being is a minute we could have spent on being more “productive”.

This busy streak has infiltrated almost every aspect of our lives in the modern era, as it pressures us to constantly be in the pursuit of progress and efficiency. …


A case for prioritizing quality over quantity in the writing world.

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Since the beginning of my relatively short time on medium, I have noticed that above all else, one piece of advice is prized above all:

The need to publish every damn day.

Don’t get me wrong, I think this advice comes from a place of good intention.

In order to become a better writer, it is absolutely necessary that you practice and build upon your writing skills day in and day out.

Writing isn’t something you improve upon by merely envisioning your own success — it’s a craft that requires your full attention. …


If you wish to sell, make it a habit of selling humble.

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Whether we like it or not, the fair-weather ebbs and flows of the digital age have made personal branding more important than ever.

Long gone are the days where people would flock to a single product or gush over new content by an up and coming creator.

In order to survive and thrive in the digital era, one must work to establish a niche and cultivate a following that is devoted not only to your work, but to the ideas your work stands for.

Many influencers and creators have caught on to the trend.

The idea behind personal branding is that when it really comes down to it, people don’t buy products, they buy feelings. …


How burnout can be used as a transformative experience.

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We truly live in one of the most high-octane moments in time right now.

Everyday we are expected to keep up with a pace set by an “always on” mentality to both our work and personal lives.

The amount of stimuli we process on a daily basis outnumbers that of most super computers on the planet, yet somehow, this miraculous feat is expected to be achieved day in and day out.

It can be frightening to think about much we have inoculated ourselves to the attack on our attention.

What was once a small scale technological change has since became a large scale societal one — one which has dramatically changed our lives for better or for worse. …

About

A.J. Deveaux

Freelance writer, college student, professional overthinker. I strive to craft stories that are thought provoking and meaningful. B.A. Psychology (halfway done)

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