What skills and qualities do you need to write for TopTenz?

TopTenz is a website that pays writers a specific amount of money for their top-10-list articles, rather than offering them the opportunity to earn through a revenue-sharing scheme, for example, based on ad views (CPM), etc. Of course, this could change in the future.

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TopTenz is a website that pays writers a specific amount of money for their top-10-list articles, rather than offering them the opportunity to earn through a revenue-sharing scheme, for example, based on ad views (CPM), etc. Of course, this could change in the future.

I had a look at the webpage where there is a brief description of the TopTenz’s best writers, and I realized that they were university-educated, and/or had a genuine and passionate interest in a specific activity, hobby, knowledge field, and many more. Most people may think that TopTenz is a site where you can only send one top-ten article, and wait for it to be approved by the TopTenz’s administrators, but the truth is that there are a handful or more authors who earn a decent income by sending quality articles, and having them approved, on a regular basis.

As I already have stressed, you need to be well versed with the particular field of interest that you are going to write about; otherwise, I believe that you shouldn’t even try to get your article approved. On top of that, you need be charismatic in sparkling the readers’ interest and turning them into regular visitors and fanatic readers of the site. This is the old saying: “It is not only what you say, but how you say it”.

Actually, there are many other specialist websites, such as Wonderslist.com, Sporteology.com, TMSPlug.com, Topfivebuzz.com, Topsixlist.com, Historylists.org, Listverse.com, Cracked.com, and Knowledgenuts.com, where you can send your top-10-list article, and get paid for it, once it is approved. So, it could be a good idea to try your luck with every single one of them. For example, you could start with Wonderslist, and if your article is rejected, you can try Listverse. If they reject it, too, you can attempt to have it approved by the next one, for example, Listverse, and so on. In the end of the day, you can try to publish it on one of many revenue-sharing websites, such as Hubpages, or even on your blog.

In this way, if you are a talented writer, and knowledgeable of the subject, about which you are going to write, you will finally receive some bigger or smaller financial compensation for your effort. Good content can always find its way to publication.

Multitasking vs. doing one thing at a time

Is multitasking more effective than doing one thing at a time?

The modern-day workplace is characterized by an increasing level of complexity and versatility. Long past are the days when employees were paid on a piece-rate basis, and, other than that, they did not care much about doing additional tasks during their shift.

Nowadays, employees need to be multitaskers, in one way or the other, otherwise they will find it hard or impossible to cope successfully with job requirements. The economic recession and the intense competition that companies face in the business environment, has led to job cuts, which means that the same tasks must be accomplished by a lower number of employees.

Therefore, multitasking is an inevitable necessity for modern-day employees.

However, there is a critical question that should be answered on that issue: Is multitasking more effective than doing one thing at a time?

First of all, any business project has a completion horizon, and thus, the role of time pressure is important in choosing to apply multitasking, since “doing one thing at a time” is considered an unaffordable luxury.

On the other hand, if a manager urges employees to undertake many tasks simultaneously, they may never have the chance, or enough time, to finish them all. So, multitasking can have the effect of leaving things unfinished. In some cases, it would be more preferable not to start new things at all, if there is a high possibility of not finishing them. In this sense, “doing one thing at a time” seems to have certain advantages over multitasking, since it results in finishing one task, and then proceeding to the next one.

Finally, multitasking can become an extremely complicated process, when, for example, finishing one task is considered a prerequisite for starting another, and as a result, this can delay the whole project.

Further reading:

The many benefits of doing one thing at a time

The pros and cons of doing one thing at a time

The simple trick to productivity? Do one thing at once