A few years ago I was introduced to the concept of speed writing, whereby you set a timer for five minutes and just write. This is a great idea for when you are low on time, stuck or procrastinating on a project as it gets you moving. It is also proven to keep you going, as studies have shown that just doing five minutes of a task will get us in the ‘flow’ of doing and we will be more likely to continue until the task is done.
Back when I heard about this five-minute method I also heard about an application that forced a writer to write, by threatening to delete their current progress should they stop typing for more than five seconds. Scary I know.
Unfortunately, I forgot what the website was called and never did find it. Alas, though I liked the concept as a motivation tool I was never able to give it ago.
Every year the chaos of Christmas can leave us feeling a little deflated. Traditionally we will rush to and fro, visiting family, producing gifts and eating way too much. With all the build-up leading to the festive period and the preparations that go with it, there is small wonder that it can result in quite a big clean up.
Whether you are at home for the festive session or traveling to family, the efforts of swapping gifts, packing clothes or prepping food consume a lot of our downtime from our working lives. So here are some of my tips on how to deal with the aftermath as painlessly as possible, so that you can be on the fast track back to normality.Read More »
Life can get a bit overwhelming at times. I know I’ve felt it. Try as you like overwhelming times happen to all of us, those times when everything just seems to build up into one giant never-ending list of things-to-do and you feel like you are never going to catch up and get everything done. Those times when, short of hiring a JCB to bulldoze the piles of paper and commitments, your just at a lose-end as to where to start or how to go on.
It hard when these times are upon us. All we really want is to curl up in a ball with a shot of something alcoholic and watch re-runs of ‘Friends’. But we know we can not. Because we’re adults, and things still need to get done no matter how overwhelmed they make us feel.
But what can we do to avoid this feeling? Or to combat it when it does arise?
At the beginning of October, I was fortunate enough to read a wonderfully inspiring blog post by the lovely Juhi of Assorted Cognition. In her post, she spoke about the final three months of the year being an opportunity to catch up on your goals and keep going by finding new ones.
Inspired by this she went on to say that she would be attempting a month-long challenge in October. And the challenge?
Have you ever felt as though your life just isn’t good enough? Do you wake up in the morning unhappy and then go to bed again in the evening fearing that tomorrow will be the same?
That’s an awful way to live life…
But it is also a sad reality for a lot of people. I know, I was one of them.
At the worst stages of my depression, I just wanted it to end. For everything to just disappear; for the screen to go blank, rest a moment, and for someone to then turn it back on with a different picture.
Sounds simplistic and dumb right?
But maybe simplistic and dumb is exactly what we need when we feel depressed or that our life isn’t living up to expectations?Read More »
The last time I went to Colorado in the United States I was so fortunate as to go to Colorado’s Wolf and Wildlife Centre. Promoting an invaluable rule of three – Conservation – Education – Preservation – this localized shelter for wolves is a wonderful place and does fantastic work.
Up in the mountains just beyond Colorado Springs, the center offers visitors a chance to see the other side of the ‘big bad wolf’ and generously proves that peoples misconceptions of wolves as dangerous beasts is a falsehood lent by angry farmers who have lost livestock to these beautiful animals. Whilst it cannot be denied that Wolves are dangerous, especially when food is scarce, it is unfair to paint them in such a black light. They are after all just doing what they need to in order to survive.
I was so excited to visit the Wolf Centre. I had seen it online before my trip to the States and had nagged my lovely Auntie into Bedlam, to see if we could visit while I was out there. Thankfully my Aunt is as much of a doggie lover as I am and was happy to agree, making the two-hour long drive to the Rocky Mountains.Read More »
When I first told people I wanted to be a writer I received one of two reactions. The first was The Scoffer – ‘why on earth would you want to do that?’ The second, the Misconstrued Enabler – ‘of course, you want to be a writer, it’s easy and you get to wear pajamas all day!’
Of course, as writers, we know that both of these responses are ridiculous, wrong and based on uneducated naivety. Having said that, before we leap to our own defenses we must also acknowledge that some of what they say is true.Read More »
I love my books. No I mean I really love my books.
As someone who could not read or write until I was thirteen years old due to dyslexia, you could say I have played catch up and over compensated ever since. Seriously, I am book mad. I have collected volumes with a vengeance, devouring them until my eyes dimmed. In my mind, there is nothing better than a good book.
Having said that, I currently have my smallest book collection since discovering Amazon in college and have, in that time, needed to do several book purges. My library has ranged around two-four hundred volumes the entire time, and though this may not sound like loads to the dedicated bibliophile, trying to cram that many books onto two book-shelving units is not easy. In fact, it ends up becoming a rather frustrating game of Tetris come Jenga.Read More »
Every once in a while, we all get sick. It’s inevitable really. Let’s face it, we are always rushing about, stumbling over our to-do list and it doesn’t matter how organized we are in life, with mental health, exercising and eating, eventually some virus is going to come along and bite us in the arse.
Now the more career driven among us will immediately refuse to take a day off, will soldier on with the tasks at hand and most likely make themselves worse off in the long run. The more practically minded will run for the sofa and a snuggly blanket, wishful wanting to waste the day with a TV binge.
Whether you are the ‘let’s get on with it’ type or eagerly waiting for any old excuse to phone in sick, here are a few tips for being productive, even when you’re sick.Read More »
Frequently I find myself complaining about little things that really annoy me. A customer at work was rude, someone cut me up on the road, or the milk has expired when I really want a cup of tea.
All too often nowadays it is easy to focus on the things that go wrong. What’s wrong with the world and why the things that happen to us are unfair. Rarely is it as simple to see the good in a bad situation.
But why is it so hard?
We become so drawn into the need to express our opinions and frustrations, that we forget to see the wood for the trees.