WriteSmith - Marketing Copywriter

Messaging Designer & Marketing Copywriter

Creativity Notebook entry #2 – Hobbies, Jobs, Careers, Vocations

Writing Prompts and Answers

1. What activities do you currently participate in on a daily basis? Try to itemize what you do on both the typical week day and the typical weekend day.

  • Job work
  • Freelance work
  • Volunteer work (NAWBO)
  • Make meals
  • Grocery shopping
  • Household shopping
  • Laundry
  • Tidying house
  • Watch TV/movies
  • Read books – fiction
  • Read books – nonfiction
  • Learning – Courses, workshops, blogs, podcasts
  • Working on my fiction story
  • Mulling over and writing down ideas
  • Recording podcast with Jacqueline
  • Doing fun things with my sons

2. What are all the activities that you wish you could do more of that might not be included on your existing list?

  • Start a new business (or 3)

I would like to do more of:

  • Learning – Courses, workshops, blogs, podcasts
  • Working on my fiction story
  • Mulling over and writing down ideas
  • Doing fun things with my sons
  • Watch TV/movies
  • Read books – fiction
  • Read books – nonfiction

3. Take your list of activities and try to determine which category each falls into (Hobby, Job, Career, Vocation).

Hobby

  • Enjoying fiction stories – TV shows, movies, books
  • Learning – Courses, workshops, blogs, podcasts, reading nonfiction
  • Synthesizing ideas – Mulling over ideas, writing down simple frameworks for understanding them
  • Recording podcast with Jacqueline
  • Doing fun things with my sons
  • Start a business (or 3)***

Job

  • Full-time job
  • Freelance work
  • Volunteer work (NAWBO)**
  • Make meals*
  • Grocery shopping*
  • Household shopping*
  • Laundry*
  • Tidying house*

Career

  • (none)

Vocation

  • Writing stories

4. Reflections & conclusions

Writing fiction is my vocation, so I need to keep making time for that even if it doesn’t have any immediate career prospects.

I need to set aside time for my vocation separate from my hobbies time, because I know from previous experience that when given the choice of what to do with my free time, I usually choose hobbies because they are easier and more immediately rewarding. Writing is work, so I should treat it like work and not have it compete with my hobbies for my free time.

Starting businesses(***) – My current business is still a hobby because I don’t make enough money from it yet for it to be considered a career. It is feasible it could become a career, but then it would compete for my time with my vocation, and the vocation is more important, I’d rather just keep my job now for money and focus on my fiction writing and other immediately-rewarding hobbies. Starting new businesses is fun, but still work, so it’s not quite the same as other hobbies. Maybe it will tie into my vocation at some point, or be a hobby that I pursue later in life.

I put several things under “Job” (*) that I do not make money from but am nonetheless obligated to do, so they are jobs I don’t get paid for. I would gladly hire them out to other people if I had the money to do so. Volunteering (**) is work that I do to give back the my community but also don’t get paid for; since I do the work for the result not the enjoyment of it, it seems to fit best under Jobs, not Hobbies.

 

About Sara Korn

I help businesses discover and express their uniqueness because I believe that there are people out there who need what you do and need to connect with you NOW. I write brand messaging copy and marketing content designed to help companies stand out from the crowd and attract their ideal target audience.

Leave a Reply