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Tips And Methods For Getting Academic Writing Right

Have you seen any Stanley Kubrick classics? What is it that made him one of the world’s premier directors in his time? Have you seen a single movie of his in which there is a fun manner in the story narration? Have you seen the slightest casualness in the manner in which he makes his actors perform? Or, has the flow of the plot been remotely jovial in any of his movies? No way.

I would like to believe that had Kubrick chosen an alternative profession, he would have made an excellent academic writer. This should give you an idea of what you should carry if you chose to become an academic writer. This brings me to the central point of my blog. All the qualities I have described of Kubrick are just made to order for academic writing!

His movies are known for the painstaking depth to which he plays out his understanding of the mind of his characters, the obsession with the detail to which he creates the scenes, the meticulousness of how the plot moves, and the excruciating detail of its development, sometimes even to the point of causing the audience to yawn.

In this blog, I will dissect academic writing. This paper is for those who want to get deep into this highly interesting subject. In the course of this discussion, I will be traversing this path:


What Is Academic Writing?

The basis to understanding academic writing can be had from its name: it is academic in nature, which means that it is nonfiction, serious and in-depth. Evidence, borne out of research, is the fulcrum of academic writing, which is where it differs from other kinds of writing like feature writing, blog writing, or fiction writing. It is meant for academic consumption, which makes it highly focused in its orientation. There is little scope for humor and rambling in this kind of writing.

It takes a highly disciplined, detail-oriented mind to do academic writing. The more detail and depth you can capture into your writing, the more effective you make your academic writing. Remember what I said about Stanley Kubrick?  It is much the same way.

Objectives Of Writing A Research Paper


In this section, I will deal with the objectives of a research paper, or why research papers are written. The main purpose of writing academic papers is to give a detailed and insightful information into the topic on which it is written. In this sense, it goes much beyond a blog or a casual article. It is not the same as a feature piece, too. Any of these can be insightful, too, but academic writing is specially so.

While all these types of writing mentioned here can bring in the writer’s creative ways of writing, academic writing mainly requires depth of understanding of the topic. It involves a clearly laid out structure and formal expression of the topic. A blog writer can write from a personal experience point of view. If you have read a travel blog, for instance, you will notice how the personal experience angle comes in. If you were to write an academic article about the same topic, you would research the place, write its origin or its historical importance in detail, and explain what value the visitor to the place gains by being there.

In other words, the objective of an academic/research paper is to inform with utmost depth and clarity, and to offer insights into the topic for the reader. This should leave the reader with a higher level of understanding of the topic than what she had before she read the piece. Of course, articles and blogs too, can be informative, but an academic piece differs in one crucial area; the depth and clarity.

Structure Of The Research Paper


As in the case of most other types of writing, an academic piece also has an introduction, body and conclusion. However, it is in what goes into these that academic writing differs from other kinds of writing. This is how an academic paper is usually structured:

Introduction: States the nature and purpose of the paper. It sets out the outline, i.e., how the paper is going to be written, what it is going to contain, the reason for which this research is being carried out, and what the piece seeks to show. This is another area in which academic papers vary from the other kinds of writing. You may keep the core of the work towards the end if you are writing a novel or a blog, but here, you state the findings (or what you will prove to the audience) right at the beginning.

Let us say, you are researching the common factors behind the various ethnic conflicts taking place in the world. You would state the nature of these conflicts, how these have unfolded, the historical context of these conflicts, and also the finding, or what your paper seeks to establish, all of each in the introduction itself.

The introduction will not explain all these, but will state all these in ways such as:

  • A historical background to ethnic conflicts: Why ethnic conflicts have been happening;
  • An explanation of all the ethnic conflicts around the world: A description of selected ethnic conflicts:
  • Commonalities between the various ethnic conflicts: The common thread that runs through the many ethnic conflicts around the world;

Findings: One of the major components of an academic research paper; findings are essentially what the writer seeks to show the audience. To take the example above, the description in the paper could be about the preconditions or historic situations in which ethnic conflicts have evolved. It will seek to present how different ethnic conflicts have been fueled by factors that are particular to the country or region.

Conclusion: As opposed to a regular blog or article’s ending, at which the writer could be posing a question to her readers as to whether they liked the ideas expressed in it; a research paper reinforces the thesis question and uses this section to prove or justify or vindicate the thesis statement.

Thesis Statement/Problem Statement


This is an elucidation of the central theme or idea which the academic piece seeks to convey. This statement is an iteration of the core idea of the paper. In other words, it is a summary or encapsulation of all that the paper seeks to explain. You could think of this as an extended subject line.

To go back to the given example of ethnic conflicts, the thesis statement could be something like: “Disputes between the natives and settlers are the root of all ethnic conflicts in history”. As can be seen, this gives a clear idea of what to expect in the paper. From this thesis/problem statement, the reader gets an idea of what the paper is going to be about.

From this statement, it is clear that a research paper on this topic will cover:

  • Native settler conflicts around the world have been on ethnic lines
  • Ethnicity of the warring groups is an indispensable feature of ethnic conflicts
  • There would have been no ethnic conflicts but for differing ethnicity between the native and the settler.

Literature Review

This is another prime section of a research paper. It is one in which the writer makes a description of all the sources she has taken for researching this paper. It gives an introduction to each of the works referenced; it also explains why each of these has been chosen for this paper, and what each of these has contributed to the final paper.

Findings/Results

This section of a research paper lists the results of the paper. Again, to go back to the subject given above, an academic paper could have findings pertaining to the various aspects of ethnic conflicts in alignment with the problem statement. The paper should be written in a manner that shows consistency between the problem statement and the findings. The findings corroborate the thesis statement throughout, and in this section, summarizes them.

How To Write Summary/Conclusion


One of the researcher’s writing skills is in how she is able to convince her audience about the essence of the entire paper in a few words. It is in the conclusion section that this is done. In a nutshell, the research paper summary should capture the heart of the paper in consonance with the problem statement and findings.

Academic research can bring in different angles to a topic. These, of course, should relate to the main point, just like the way a movie is narrated. In this instance, it could bring out the various differing sub-components of ethnic conflicts around the world and draw parallels between them, or explain divergences between them, but should draw a connection between these and the main theme of the paper.

Citations/Bibliography

One of the core parts of an academic paper, citations are an alphabetically arranged list of sources from which the paper is written. This is critical because not citing your sources properly could invite accusations of plagiarism.

These days, most programs such as MS Word come with built-in options for citations. Most academic sources also have automated citations and bibliographies. However, the writer has to be clear about which part of the paper the citation should be inserted.

Do’s And Don’ts Of Academic Writing

In this section, I will make a very small list of do’s and don’ts in a research paper:


Conclusion

As can be seen, an academic research paper is a higher, focused and tightly knit narration of a chosen topic. It should convey the researcher’s depth and interest of understanding of the topic. The overlap in the nature of the various components of an academic paper listed above underlines the need for coherence in the way in which an academic paper is to be written. It is the kind of writing that does not allow any scope for flippancy. The example of Stanley Kubrick perhaps best illustrates the nature of academic/research writing.

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Basic Principles of Project Management – Eastwood Harris

For any endeavour to succeed there must be a solid foundation upon which it is based.

However, in the case of project management, there is little research focusing on its basic principles. Without theoretical conclusions and evidence generated by research, project management can be a big inconvenient hassle and the success of that project may be questionable.

This particular issue has been tackled by R. Max Wideman in his work, which is entitled ‘First Principles of Project Management’. In his paper, he defines the difference between project management practices and project management principles. He has also proposed seven principles of project management.

1. Success

The end goal of a project should be more than just finishing timely and without going over budget. When undertaking any sort of project, you should always aim for the success of your product. Success is hard to measure without any concrete terms. Therefore, before starting a project, you and your team must come up with key deliverables that can indicate success. This could include the scope, quality, relevance and so on.

2. Commitment

The sponsor and the team must be mutually committed to the project before it comes into existence. There must be an acceptable level of commitment. This means that an agreement exists between the two parties regarding the goals, scope, quality, time frame and the cost of the project.

3. Tetrad-Tradeoff

This principle simply means that scope, quality, time, and cost must be achievable and they must exist in a balanced state for a project to succeed. One cannot be changed without affecting the others. The implications for the project manager include regular checks of the four pillars to make sure that they are working together.


4. Primary Communication Channel

This means that the project must be governed through a single communication channel. Although the owner can be represented by several individuals, it is a must that he or she must speak with a single voice. This is the same for the team. One person must be the sole point of responsibility. This person should have the attributes necessary for a successful project.

5. Cultural Suitability

The method of management must match the type of project and the current status of the project. The team must be managed in a way that enables and empowers them. This makes it possible for the team to do their best jobs.

6. Process

For any project to succeed, procedures and policies must be clearly stated and documented. This also means very detailed planning, which usually leads to policy development. The roles, responsibilities and delegations must be included in policies. These policies serve as guides throughout the lifespan of the project.

7. Life-cycle

This principle entails the planning and the implementation phases of the project. Fundamentally, planning comes before implementation. This ensures a clear path and determines significant milestones in the project. By carrying out this principle, you can easily determine when your project starts and when it should end.

Eastwood Harris Supplies Project Management Training Manuals, Project Management Training Presentations and Consulting on Primavera P6 and Microsoft Project 2010 across Australia.

About The Author: Paul E Harris

Director Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd

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8 Ways Cryptocurrency Is Changing Digital Marketing

Transactions made with cryptocurrencies are undeniably faster, cheaper, and more convenient compared to cash-based payments. This is why many people and enterprises today use crypto payments, especially for e-commerce platforms and everyday purchases.

But what other benefits do crypto holders and digital marketers gain when they accept or buy Bitcoin (BTC) and use them for different financial transactions? How can this unique form of money become an effective vehicle as we journey towards a digital world?

Here are eight ways digital currencies are transforming digital marketing.

1. Facilitating faster and easier transactions

Cryptocurrencies operate their processes using technology. This means you can access digital currencies using your smartphone, laptop, or any digital device connected to the Internet. They use specialized storage called a digital wallet where you can receive, send, and track your crypto funds in real-time.

Electronic commerce platforms can use cryptocurrencies to provide a faster and more convenient payment option for their customers. With just a few taps on a mobile wallet, payments can be made almost instantly—no need to visit payment centers or banks and wait for lengthy processing times. Business owners can receive crypto payments anytime and customers can make crypto payments anywhere—definitely a win-win deal!

On top of that, cryptocurrency and blockchain adoption are consistently on the rise. That’s why it will come as no surprise that technology and crypto geeks in the digital marketing sphere are more likely to support such pioneering efforts and endeavors.

2. Providing cheaper and borderless payments

This is perfectly suited for global digital marketers. Completing cross-border transactions using fiat currencies comes with high costs for transfer processes and other possible reasons. But with cryptocurrencies, you don’t have to worry about such things!

Cryptocurrencies are decentralized, meaning they aren’t operated or supported by any central authority to run their operations and processes. This unique feature paves the way for payment transactions to move in and out of a country’s borders at lower costs. Business owners can confidently and efficiently receive payments without worrying about converting the BTC payments to their local currency. They just have to look for digital wallets or cryptocurrency marketplaces and exchanges that can do the magic. Simple and easy, right?

3. Boosting brand recognition through transparency

Cryptocurrencies use a powerful technology called blockchain, a distributed ledger technology (DLT) that securely records and stores information. It uses complex systems that make it difficult and nearly impossible to be hacked, changed, or forged.

Just imagine having a highly secured diary where you record your daily expenses, for example. Since the blockchain is a public digital ledger, everyone on the network can view your records. But with its robust security systems, no one will be able to alter them.

Cryptocurrencies like BTC and thousands more can help digital marketers and merchants build consumer trust in the brands they’re introducing. Using blockchain-based solutions allows digital companies to provide more transparency and accountability to their users.

Because of robust cryptocurrency systems, transactions on the blockchain are confirmed and verified before being recorded on the shared ledger.


4. Eliminating the use of third-party platforms

Dropping out intermediaries or third-party platforms is considered one of the most significant impacts of cryptocurrencies in digital marketing. These third-party platforms include financial institutions like banks, payment centers, data companies, and other financial service giants in the e-commerce industry.

Mediators serve as the layer that confirms whether or not the buyer or seller exists and is legitimate. These third-party platforms also earn profits from digital marketers by verifying transactions. Cryptocurrencies eliminate the use of these platforms by allowing consumers and crypto users to directly buy goods and services from another individual or business while keeping the transaction safe and secure.

5. Strengthening consumer privacy

For online businesses that run entirely on digital, payments in cryptocurrencies are quicker and more convenient than fiat money payments. While cryptocurrencies may boost certain businesses and firms using blockchain-based solutions for services and products, they can also affect digital marketers on a very different note.

Digital marketing uses third parties in the e-commerce industry to access and gather salient information about their target markets. The information and data collected are often used to optimize business strategies and tactics, set up objectives, and create an analysis.

On the flip side, transactions with cryptocurrencies are made directly—without any mediator or third party. Because of the absence of such platforms, marketers and advertisers will find it difficult to gather such information and data from consumers.

6. Limiting the impact of online advertisements

Gathering personal information on the Internet is a piece of cake, but not for transactions made with cryptocurrencies. Since they provide higher consumer privacy levels, it can be tricky for advertisers to create or reach their target markets.

Because of the untraceable and direct crypto payments, e-commerce platforms may have a hard time attracting customers through social media, emails, SMS, and other digital marketing channels.


7. Promoting consumer awareness

As we mentioned earlier, it can be challenging to collect the personal data of consumers who use decentralized cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Personal details, such as name, date of birth, home address, or phone number won’t be collected when making payments in crypto. You just need the wallet address where you’ll send or receive the BTC payments.

Personal data will not be available for Bitcoin transactions since everything on the blockchain is encrypted. Consumers now have control over the amount of data they’re willing to share or whether they’re willing to give out such personal data or not.

8. Altering the costs of digital advertising and promotions

The majority of companies rely on media monitoring to gather important information needed for marketing intents. While this might still work for some businesses, the adoption of cryptocurrency payments in different industries is growing broadly and quickly. This reality leaves digital marketing companies without traces of personal data.

For online businesses that depend on consumer data tracing, this will push them to hire digital advertising companies that will gather the information they need for running marketing procedures. But here’s the thing: this approach doesn’t come for free. E-commerce platforms and enterprises may have to bring out loads of cash to have the most valuable resources and technologies they need to achieve their business goals and reach more customers.

Companies that accept cryptocurrency payments may need advertising experts to create targeted markets and reach them. Doing so can bring an opportunity to directly get in touch with customers and track their purchase activities through different channels and platforms. This includes blog or website comments, product or service reviews, and responses to social media posts. But then again, this can cost you a lot of money.


Cryptocurrency’s challenge to digital marketing

While the list posts both advantages and disadvantages to the digital marketing industry, the biggest challenge to face can be collecting important information from consumers. Online marketers may find it hard to achieve the goals and objectives in their digital marketing strategy.

Despite the high levels of consumer control over their information, cryptocurrencies’ growing adoption and ever-increasing functions in different industries worldwide prove that they can transform the future of payment systems and digital marketing.

Ready to experience what cryptocurrencies can bring to digital markets? Take advantage of this innovation and see it for yourself!

This article has been contributed on behalf of Paxful. However, the information provided herein is not and is not intended to be, investment, financial, or other advice.

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Project Management Explained: Five Important Aspects of Managing Projects

Project management is the act of doing a step-by-step process in order to manage and produce a project that is successful, on time and within budget.

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), project management therefore is the “application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently.

It’s a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to business goals — and thus, better compete in their markets.”

The organization has developed a book solely dedicated to giving the project management professionals a guide to a successful and standardized project. Fortunately, these steps can be summed up into five simple steps: planning, budgeting, execution, monitoring and control, and closure.

• Planning

Not just in project management, planning is considered to be the most important step in achieving a goal. Planning includes the courses to take or the step-by-step moves to execute in order to come up with the desired results. All other processes involved in project management should be included in the planning phase. It has often been tested and proven that a good project is a result of a good planning.

• Budgeting

Budgeting comes next in the list of important aspects to consider in project management. In this phase, the materials and cost of the overall project is taken into account, making sure that it would meet the budget allotted for the said project without compromising the quality of the overall project itself.


· Execution

The third process in an effective project management is the execution. Once all aspects of planning have been taken into consideration, it is now time for the execution of all of the steps involved. Execution is the most crucial step when it comes to project management as this step would define if the project is a success or otherwise.

• Monitor and Control

Monitoring and control is an aspect often overlooked in project management. However, this should not be the case as monitor and control is the longest-running phase in project management. This should start from when the planning phase of the project management to ensure that everything that is covered during planning will meet the project objectives and goals as well as double check that everything else is executed according to plan, such as the costs, resources, and duration. In other words, monitor and control should check the quality and quantity of the project and ensure that everything is on track.

· Closure

Closure is the last step in project management. This is where the project team would decide based on the outcomes of the other phases of the project management if the project was a success, a failure, or otherwise. This is also where the team members would discuss several points for improvement and other observations recorded during the whole duration of the project. Thus, closure is also a very important phase in project management as this would help make future projects even better than the recent one, with lessons to apply such as the do’s and don’ts in implementing a project.

Managing projects effectively is never an easy job, but if you keep these five important aspects in mind, you are better equipped to have a successful project that not only benefits you and the company but also the audience or the consumers who patronize your projects.

Eastwood Harris produces project management training materials and online training courses on Primavera P6MS ProjectPMBOK and Prince2.

About The Author: Paul E Harris

Director Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd

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Five Tips for Using Microsoft® Project

Microsoft® is one of the leading companies offering high-quality office tools and software that can help you manage your projects very effectively if you know how to get the most out of the software.

Here are five tips to help get more out of MS Project:

Create the Projects from Scratch

With Microsoft Project, all you need to have in order to create a project are your project name, target dates (both start and finish), your client’s name, and your client’s information such as location.

If you have these needed prerequisites, then you can then start defining your calendars as regards the tasks you have added that are involved in your project. For each project, you can also add logic and constraints as well as schedules. When all of these are done, you can now start formatting your output and distribute your project plan.

Use Alt Key and Keystrokes for Commands

To save time, familiarize yourself with the shortcuts or make use of the Alt command key and keystrokes to be able to view the letters assigned in most of the tabs in the menu bar and in other functions of the interface.

For example, pressing Alt followed by the letter R brings you to the Project tab of the menu bar. Furthermore, if you press the Alt key quickly followed by letter H and number 1 will bring you to the save icon from the Task tab.

You can use these shortcuts and Alt key commands to minimize the use of the mouse (or in cases where the mouse in not available or dysfunctional) and save time.

Understand and Use Filters

Like any other project management tool, understanding and using filters can help managers in a great way.

With filters, users can display a particular task with specific criteria. Meaning, users can use the filter function to choose which criteria of a specific task he or she opts to display at the specific moment. This would further help him or her understand the data in a task more. There are two types of filters in Microsoft Project.

These are the following:

  1. Built-in. Built-in filters are filters that are embedded into the software by default.
  2. Custom. Custom filters are those uploaded and customized by the user.

Track Your Progress

Microsoft® Project comes with a function that permits users to track the progress of different activities of a particular project. Three labels or stages of a project are usually used in tracking progress. These are the following:

  1. Not Started. The dates are set for the project; however, no so-called Actual Start and/or Actual Finish is inputted.
  2. In-Progress. This stage contains an Actual Start which signals that the project has already started but has not been completed or is in the process of completion.
  3. Complete. Finally, activities or tasks in the Complete stage has both the Actual Start and Actual Finish dates to serve as a proof that it has passed the completion stage.

Assign Costs to Tasks

Finally, a user can assign a cost to a specific task(s) by using the Fixed Cost function in Microsoft® Project. This Fixed Cost is added to the total cost of your project which is then further illustrated using Resource Graph function. This function enables a user to keep track of the actual cost of each task and can use such costs in providing cash flows if needed.

Eastwood Harris produces project management training materials and online training courses on Primavera P6MS ProjectPMBOK and Prince2.

About The Author: Paul E Harris

Director Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd

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How to Create Milestones in Your Project Using MS Project

All of us have our own personal milestones that we want to achieve like owning a home or investment property or starting up a business.  A milestone refers to a different type of achievement in project management however.

A milestone is placed at the end of a particular phase in a project to signify that the said phase/project has been completed successfully.

In the project management framework, it is the only event that receives special attention due to its nature. Another purpose of a milestone, as regards project management, is to indicate an important decision that needs to be taken immediately before the end of a work phase or a project. Thus, with this, a milestone can be considered to show both the distance traveled and the direction of the travel.

How, then, does a project manager or specialist add a milestone event in his or her project plan? The following section lays out the steps in successfully making a milestone event using Microsoft Project 2010.

Creating a Milestone

Upon opening your Microsoft Project, you will find the different tabs in the menu bar, which is found at the topmost part of the Microsoft Project interface. Once you have successfully located this, do the following steps in order to end up with a milestone:

  • Choose the Gantt Chart found on the Task Views group in the View tab.
  • Enter the desired name for you milestone on the first empty row in the Task Name field.
  • Type “0” (zero) in the field that is labelled as “Duration”.
  • Once you are done, press the “Enter” key.

A milestone usually does not have any duration (or 0 duration). However, if you wish to add a duration to the milestone your are putting, another set of steps can be followed in order to end up with it.

Creating a Milestone with Duration

Follow the first two bullets/steps outlined above and then do the following steps:

  • Go to Task Information found at the Properties group of the Task tab.
  • Click on the Advanced button on the Task Information. You will find the Duration field here.
  • Input your desired Duration for the particular milestone.
  • Check the Mark task as milestone
  • Click “OK”.

However, do take note that when you are changing a task into a milestone, you may not need to go through adding a name in the Task Field (both for “with” and “without” duration) as the task is considered to be the label for the milestone.

Project managers have to remember that although milestones can be effective in monitoring the progress of your projects, there are still limits to its effectiveness as they show only the progress in the critical areas.

Adding a project milestone is particularly easy once you follow the outlined steps above. However, if you are using other project management software, a different set of instructions may be given in order for you to come up with the milestone.

Eastwood Harris produces project management training materials and online training courses on Primavera P6MS Project and PMBOK.

About The Author: Paul E Harris

Director Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd

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5 Tips for Using MS Project 2010

Microsoft project is everything a project manager needs to develop a plan, resources and tasks assignment, progress updates, budget management, and manage overall workloads.

Microsoft has been known as the giant company when it comes to office applications, and Microsoft Project is one of its most used products since it has features that make planning and implementing a project easy to handle.

This article will help you understand the pros and cons of Microsoft Project, before you go out and buy the product.

Microsoft designed MS Project as an easily adaptable program, but take note of these tips first before you forge ahead:

1. Take note of the prerequisites To get started on MS project, you need a name. Keep it as straightforward as possible, and avoid overly intricate wordplay. Next two things you need are a.) start date and b.) end date. Also, you might need to highlight information about your client i.e name, background and location.

2. Make use of the shortcuts For everyone familiar with Microsoft, well, software keystrokes and commands are a necessity for everyday use. MS Project utilizes the ALT Key and certain keystrokes for those folks who prefer to use a keyboard instead of a mouse.

3. Filters, filters, filters. This isn’t an Instagram thing, just in case that’s what you had in mind. Filters display tasks for particular scenarios that a manager might find handy. These help him/her delve into the task at hand, and hopefully understand the task more. Most filters are built-in, or simply came with the software. But managers also have the ability to customize them by simply downloading them from Microsoft.

4. Progress is key in every Project, a project manager has the capability to track and monitor different activities’ progress at a keystroke. These are simply outlines tagged to let you know where you are project-wise. Named accordingly, they are: A.) Not Started

B.) In-progress

C.) Complete.

5. Costs are everything. A budget is worth taking note of The Fixed Cost Function is Microsoft’s golden lining. Making everything easier and more practical by giving the manager the ability to simply assign costs to tasks, and illustrate them with the Resource Graph function.

These five tips would help you realize if Microsoft Project is really the right tool for you and for your company to use when it comes to project management.

Because at the end of the day, it is still how applications help you do your job faster and more efficiently that really counts.

About The Author: Paul E Harris

Director Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd

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Top 5 Activities You Can Learn To Help You Destress and Earn Money

Today almost all of us indulge in leisure activities in our free time. These activities help us to destress from our busy schedule at work. Many of us have full-time jobs. Some have jobs they don’t enjoy doing and are seeking to pursue their passions. Let me tell you that you can follow your passions and even earn money doing it.

If you feel that you are not earning enough in your full-time job and would like to use your free time to earn more and that too doing something you enjoy, that’s absolutely possible. You could learn and master a new skill by taking an online training program. Depending upon your interests, you could use that skill to earn extra income. If this skill is something you enjoy doing, it will destress you as well.

In this article, I’m going to discuss a few of the trending topics today that one could pursue to follow the passions that would destress them as well as give them a supplementary income.

Photography

Photography is an art form in which one captures images through a camera. It is in great demand. People passionate about photography have great demand. For photography, one must have the right kind of camera to click pictures. If you are passionate about photography but have not the right training, you could always enroll in a photography workshop for training. The training course is usually shot in duration.

The right camera is of utmost importance for photography. The lens of the camera determines the quality of the photograph. Photography is capturing light through a camera lens and converting it to an image. That’s why you will see that there are cameras that are very expensive too. For starters, you can buy a camera with a good lens that is affordable. Then, as you improve your photographic skill, you could upgrade to a better one.

As for the applications of photography, you could do wildlife photography, click photos of events for newspapers, wedding photography, among a few. Models require good photographers to click photos for them to make up their portfolio for their auditions. You could do that as well. Successful photographers make a good deal of money. You could also quit your full-time job and follow this passion of yours if you are doing well. While pursuing this activity, you will find that you have no pressure, and you are relieved of stress. You can learn how to start a photography blog at 9Mousai

Cyber Security

Cyber security is in huge demand these days. This is because of practically everything going online. The internet has changed a lot since its inception. Nowadays, so many transactions are done on the internet, making Cyber security of high importance. There are hackers in huge numbers who want to steal your personal information and want to get hold of your financial details. A good Cyber security expert can prevent this from happening.

To become a Cyber security professional, you have to have some basic knowledge of information technology and computer networking. If you are already working in an information technology-related field and you have a strong interest in computer security, then this field is right for you. Cyber security professionals are highly paid.

To become a Cyber security professional, you will need to have a Cyber security certification/s. You can search online and find which certification is right for you. The certifications have different levels of expertise as well—levels like basic, advanced, and expert. There are many training institutes that train you for these certifications, and some may offer online training as well. If you have a passion for computer-related technologies, especially ethical hacking, this field is right for you. You could also work part-time or full-time as a Cyber security consultant and charge by the hour. Cyber security consultants are paid extremely well for the services they offer.

Fishing

The action of trying to catch fish is called fishing. We normally catch fish in the wild. The various techniques that we use for catching fish are spearing, angling, netting, trapping, and hand gathering. Fishing may also include catching water creatures other than fish, such as cephalopods, mollusks, echinoderms, and crustaceans. Catching fish, in addition, in order to be eaten, can also be done for recreational purposes.

Catching fish requires a lot of time and patience. There is no guarantee that you will get a good sizeable catch every time you go fishing. When in the act of fishing, you find yourself to be immersed in nature. You will enjoy the chirping of the birds, the cool breeze blowing on you, and you always have an expectation that a good catch will come your way.

Fishing on weekends and holidays is an excellent way to destress. It makes you forget all your troubles and enjoy the present moment. The fish that you catch you could cook for your home. If you go fishing in a group, you could have a fish barbeque with the catch with your friends. Going fishing in a boat in the lake is a great experience.

If you are good at fishing and lucky and manage to catch a good quantity of fish, you could always sell it to the local fishmonger and earn some extra bucks.

Music

Music is a universal language. It is the expression of one’s soul. Good music is always appreciated by all. Music is a skill one can master with ease. Some of us have good vocals, while others are good at playing a musical instrument. Some can sing as well as play a musical instrument well. Music is one of the best ways to destress known to mankind.

To learn how to sing or play a musical instrument, you can join some good music classes. Now, in this age of the internet, you can learn online too. Good musicians earn a lot of money by performing at various events. Once you are confident of your music skills, you can put them to practice.

You can perform as a one-man-band. You can also join a band with like-minded individuals. You can also give music classes to children as well as adults. You can also produce a music album or a music single and upload it on YouTube. There are so many successful musicians who have done this and are making a good deal of money. You can also play at family functions or local events and show-off your skills.

Listening to music destresses us as well. Listening to music, we like, calms us down and makes us forget about the troubles of life temporarily. You can also make cover versions of your favorite songs and post them on YouTube.

Diving

The practice of descending underwater is called diving. This is done to interact with the underwater environment. The high ambient pressure exposure and the act of being immersed in water are not suited for humans. The physiological effects limit the duration and depth possible.

Recreational or sport diving is diving done for enjoyment or leisure, mostly using scuba equipment. This form of diving is highly enjoyable for those passionate about diving. Spending a long time underwater gazing at the beautiful undersea life and environment destresses you by a great deal.

One can use this activity to earn money as well on weekends and holidays. You can teach children about diving and organize diving tours for them. You can also plan special diving events for adults. You can become an underwater photographer, a skill that is in great demand. You could also film the underwater life and surroundings.

This recreational activity is high risk and should be carried out with safety following standard safety procedures. You need to have special training in order to use to be able to dive underwater. You can do solo-diving by yourself or buddy diving where you take a companion along with you. for those passionate about diving and the underwater environment; diving is a great stress buster.

Conclusion

All these activities described in this article are all great for relieving stress. You need to have passionate about them and enjoy doing them. You can use them to earn extra income too. You can either work on them in your free time. You could also work on them part-time on weekends and holidays. If you are doing well and the earning potential is better than your present work full-time, you can always quit your job and follow your passion while earning a decent income.

You could do short gigs, or take contracts, or be a freelancer. You can choose whatever suits you best. Whatever you do, whether it is photography, Cyber security, fishing, music, or diving, whether you enjoy doing it, you can always pursue your dreams. If you are good at your passion and want to earn some income when possible, you could always do it. Remember, working on your passion will destress you as well as give you enjoyment.