Ideas are just that – ideas that float around in your head.

You might have verbalised that. You might have shared them with others. But the fear of the results of your ideas could prevent you from generating and executing them.

Will your ideas work?

As a freelancer, you are self-employed. So you have great flexibility in how you work. You get to set your price. You can choose the hours you work.

But that very same flexibility can become a double-edged sword.

You might not have considered the boundaries of what you would and would not do. Especially if you are new and trying to establish yourself in a certain field.

June 19, 2020

Dignity of all labour

We live in a society where we esteem some jobs more highly than others. So much so that somebody thought of polling the public on their perception of essential and non-essential jobs. Besides being a question that we shouldn’t even be asking, I think it’s also important that we recognise the dignity of all kinds of labour.

June 15, 2020

Essential or not?

It’s one thing for local authorities to consider what is essential or not to determine the best way to contain the spread of Covid-19.

However, it’s another thing for those of us not in the position of planning the containment of Covid-19 to determine what is essential or not.

In our culture, we tend to dismiss roles that don’t generate the most income or the greatest convenience. But it’s not right to say that they are non-essential.

June 12, 2020

A time for empathy

We are almost halfway through 2020. And what an eventful year we’ve had.

At the same time, it has been a divisive year. Inequalities everywhere came into the spotlight. It’s not just the divide between the haves and the have-nots. There are also issues of racism. And divide between ideologies in global politics.

With so many conflicts going on, you wonder whether our nations can be healed. And will the second half of the year be better?

Even though whatever problems you might be facing now might seem insurmountable, remember that problems can usually be broken down into smaller segments.

As long as your work is not about doing the exact same tasks every day, you have probably faced a creative block before. Anything that requires you to create something new requires a certain amount of creativity.

We have to spend energy thinking about new ideas. Then we will have to find ways to turn those ideas into reality. Even after putting the first word or idea on paper, there’s a lot more work to do after that to get to a finished project.

But there will come a time when you will feel stuck. Or worse, your thoughts will overwhelm you, suggesting that you give up on the thing that you are working on.

Many people have dreams of escaping the office cubicle. We dream of being able to work from home. And to escape the daily commute, whether it’s by driving or public transport. We dream of days where we can walk to our home office in the other room instead of squeezing with the crowd for a 1-hour journey to the office.

And our dreams probably just came true.

Majority of office workers now find that they have to work remotely. But is it living up to expectations? Is it something that you would want to do long term?

I recently came across someone’s social media post alleging that an article on a mainstream media outlet fabricated details about the person’s story. However, which story it was and what it was about is not important.

But what I think is important is how we discern between truths and stories.

In this era when a lot of things are fake news, how do we know what’s real? Or what’s fake?

If there’s a silver lining in this difficult season, it’s probably the gift of a slower pace of life. Yes, the isolation has affected some negatively and others have completely lost their incomes. But for others, being forced to slow down might be a good thing.