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 »