I’ve always preferred a minimalist approach to life. If a program can be written in 500 lines, then it should. Does this make me a stingy person? No, it doesn’t. I see myself as a pragmatic person. Bring me in to solve a problem… one specific problem. Everything else is either unrelated or should be tackled differently.

Believe it or not, being pragmatic is very profitable. I’m always referred to when there’s a problem to be solved. However, those who are closest to me soon understand that I’m not a fixer but a coach; I don’t solve your problem, I teach you how to solve that specific problem so you won’t do it again.

I charge a lot for my services because undoing a problem is not as exciting as creating them in the first place. Nevertheless, it is an important business process. Without learning how to undo a problem and also avoid causing them in the future clients are doomed to repeating them ad infinitum.

This is another reason why I charge a flat fee. I don’t believe in charging by the hour or some other periodical calculations. Should it matter if I could show you how your problem happened in 10 minutes or 10 hours? I don’t think so. The important thing is that the objective in hiring me is met.

I should be taking the same approach with my blogging. I’m pretty sure that I overuse words a lot in my posts. Let’s see if I can improve in this area.

What about you? Are you a wordy person when it comes to your blogging?

I’ll be straight to the point; I need help! Specifically, I need some advice on the ideal writing environment. I have a couple of ideas that I want to put into writing but every time I’m at the keyboard, the words just won’t flow from the idea to my head and ultimately onto the keyboard. I’m stumped.

I’m sure that if you’re a blogger, you’d surely have fallen into this trap a few times. More importantly, I’m very sure that you’ve overcome this problem. Would you help a fellow blogger out of this trap? I hope you would and I would be grateful if you share some pointers by commenting below.

Here’s a few experiments in blogging environment that I’ve tried:

  • Writing in the middle of the night, when everyone else is asleep
  • Writing during lunch breaks, when most colleagues are out
  • Waking up very early in the morning and start writing

All of the above work some of the time, but not consistent enough. What’s your ideal environment?