13 Things I’ll Be Doing Differently In 2017

1. Screen my clients.

Writing chops and great work ethic are never enough.

When the chemistry is off, the chemistry is off.

2. Have more fun with my work, but don’t go overboard.

I just discovered how much fun (probably a little too much) I have with using metaphors in my articles.

I’m also learning to tone it down, because less is sometimes more.

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3. Attend a networking event.

Ah yes, I’ve yet to attend one.

I blame it on my socially anxious nature, but honestly, I can’t keep on using it as a crutch, can I?

It’s spineless.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m cut out to run a business.

4. Under promise, over deliver. Or better yet, just keep your promise.

Seth Godin knows what he’s talking about:

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5. Start thinking as an entrepreneur

When you have your own writing business, you’re not just a writer.

You’re also an entrepreneur, marketer, sales person, and a cheerleader.

6. Stop beating myself up.

We reassure people when they’re feeling down, but when it comes to our own well-being?

We do the opposite.

We humans are just plain weird.

“Build pockets of stillness into your life.”

– Maria Popova

8. Start treating this blog seriously. 

My professional writing > my blogging skills

Brain, what gives?

9. Give cold-emails another chance.

If you’re looking to get more soulmate clients on board, here’s one way you can personalise your cold-emails and actually get a response.

Esther, the marketing strategist who came up with this free guide, is a gem!

10. Appreciate the small wins.

One rad thing about being in the Thrive In Community is I’ve learned how important it is to celebrate all achievements, no matter how small or insignificant I think they are.

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11. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.

Stay in the present instead of obsessing about my twilight years.

Turns out there’s a downside to watching Golden Girls reruns – who knew?

12. Reach out to my favourite businesses to see if they’re open to adding a writer to their team.

Dim-witted me only figured this out recently.

I’m excited about this the most!

13. Hit the books.

These days, my brain feels constipated whenever I look at a blank page.

I need fuel – in this case, it’s ma books.

14. Bonus: Break the rules

Be a rebel. I’m not talking about committing a crime. Get that impure thought out of your head.

I’m talking about moving away from the conventional path, and thinking outside the box.

Breaking traditional norms to create something you could call your own could be your killer secret weapon.

Now over to you, what will you be doing differently in 2017?

18 thoughts on “13 Things I’ll Be Doing Differently In 2017

  1. Esther Loke says:

    I love this post so much Priscilla! I can totally relate to it because there are many things on your list that I’ve committed to doing too.

    And congratulations on your 5th year in freelance! 😀

  2. unaizakhalid says:

    That was so enlightening! Priscilla you are on your way to greatness because your goals are so aligned with the true successful entrepreneurs, cheerssss!! 😀 😀 😀

  3. Lola says:

    These all sound like good plans for 2017! As I have my own business as well, I can relate to some of these. It’s important that your business is a good fit for the client and the other way around. Things work best when that’s the case. And thinking as an entrepreneur is a good one too, but also difficult at times. Here’s to a great 2017!

  4. nurfasri says:

    Wow, the 3rd, 5th, 6th and 8th point is so relatable !
    When it comes to entrepreneurship, network is on top ! With a simple idea of business but big network branches can give so much impact ! It happened to my friends, that’s why I can talk about this 😀
    Also when it comes to ourselves, mostly we get too hard on ourselves, self-blaming can’t be avoided for me.
    What I’m going to do differently in 2017, will be writing more often, improve my choice of words with the 8th point in mind.
    Such a great post ! Sorry I just gave you a feedback after a long time. May we have great days in 2017 !

  5. Her Digital says:

    Love this post, lots of great plans for 2017. I especially agree with number 3, networking is so important. We recently wrote a piece on networking tips on our site, you should check it out. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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