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Freelance copywriter Anna Goldsmith, one half of the Boston-based duo The Hired Pens, confesses that, between churning out quality content for high-profile clients like Macy's and American Express, she can squander time like nobody's business. "My office is right across the street from a coffee shop. I'ím always thinking of it intentionally like, 'maybe if I go get a cup of coffee, that'll help me buckle down,' and it's really just a half an hour of wasted time," she said with a chuckle. "Sometimes I find myself researching medical conditions that I might have, like googling a possible cause if my knee hurts or googling ex-boyfriends and random people from, like, elementary school that I remember."
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