I recently quit my job to pursue my dream of starting my own business. My problem is procrastination. I'm having a hard time maintaining self-motivation without any structure in my days, a boss looking over my shoulder and an office to go to. I am wasting too much time on Facebook, sitting at home in my sweatpants. I'm also not that good with rejection. I'm in a competitive field and so I'm worried if I don't pull myself together, I'm going to lose out to other people doing the same thing.
Lately I've been noticing quite a few of my favourite things going missing from my house. Nothing too valuable, but things like gloves, hats, scarves – and coats. A couple of my favourite jackets have simply vanished from the closet in the front hall. I don't want to be suspicious but I have two teenagers and their friends sleep over often. All great kids but I sometimes wonder if they're stealing my things. I'm not sure what to do.
I recently completed my PhD and started working on another project immediately afterward. I was able to get a workspace at an organization a few days during the week (I have another job on the other days). The people at the office are warm and welcoming, but my issue is about socializing with a larger group. I'm not used to office culture. One on one I'm fine, but I find it hard to join in conversations that go around in the cubicles, or when people congregate in the kitchen.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".