Woman laying face-down on grass in front of a flower bush.
Woman laying face-down on grass in front of a flower bush.
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I had the privilege to work on a gargantuan project recently. It was an audiobook, which very easily requires hundreds of hours of work if you do all of your own recording and editing. I have 2 other audiobooks to my name (which can be found here and here, if you’re interested), so I was absolutely expecting the project workload.

With that said, the last couple of weeks was the “final stretch”. I wasn’t even halfway through my process, so I had to spend those past two weeks working nonstop by living and breathing this audiobook and getting up at…


Woman sitting on a mountaintop watching the sunset.
Woman sitting on a mountaintop watching the sunset.
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When my twin brothers were turning thirteen, my dad took them to the Grand Canyon. They hiked up and down the dang thing. It’s a whole day of walking one-way, you’re walking at an incline most of the journey, you have to camp overnight before going back up, and you’re doing all of this in Arizona weather. Still, they did it. They could barely walk back to their hotel room, but they did it.

Hiking up and down the Grand Canyon is daunting, but it’s concrete. That’s an easily measurable goal with an attainable time frame. …


Red apple on a stack of books on a desk with pencils and “ABC” blocks
Red apple on a stack of books on a desk with pencils and “ABC” blocks
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When in school, following rules was integral to education. While I do see a point to following rules in the first place — the establishment of trust within the pupil that “this is how you understand this once you go through things step-by-step” — there was something archaic about how much school stressed this rule-following. It’s believed to be a product of the Industrial Revolution, when our primary focus was to create punctual factory workers who did as they were told.

Anyone remember doing a worksheet that gave you a series of steps to follow, only to learn that step…


Weekly planner on a tablet
Weekly planner on a tablet
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There’s so much that I want to do in life. A list of projects that I want to write. Debt I want to pay off. Books I want to read. Places I want to go.

When I think about what I want to do, it’s going to undoubtedly require a lot of work. It’s also going to come with people who balk at my plans.

“It’s incredibly hard to publish a book.”

“It’s nearly impossible to write a play.”

“If you want to do this thing, there is so much luck involved.”

You get in your head that you’re nothing…


Google Calendar screenshot with a lot of events on it for the week
Google Calendar screenshot with a lot of events on it for the week
A picture of my own calendar from a few weeks ago when I tried “time blocking”

Every minute is accounted for. You have no wasted time in your day and you complete everything you want to get done. Your “whatever” tasks feel like obligations, and you only leave the right amount of room for your eating, sleeping, and showering. And it’s a straightforward way of planning your life out.

Sounds like a pretty good idea, right? I guess — people like Bill Gates use it, and he’s really productive.

Google Calendar’s design is perfect for time blocking management. …


Overhead view of a pile of American one-dollar bills spread out
Overhead view of a pile of American one-dollar bills spread out
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When originally starting this article, I was originally going to pose the question as to whether or not money actually motivates work in the first place.

Well, of course it does.

You aren’t choosing out of the goodness of your heart to spend a third of your day five days a week for years on end doing a job, especially a job that you hate in the case of many people. At best, a job would not be a practical use of your time if you didn’t get paid to do it — living has expenses.

That said, in lies…


Young woman sleeping in a bed in front of a window with dawn lighting
Young woman sleeping in a bed in front of a window with dawn lighting
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How many productivity articles, memes, books, and YouTube videos tout the “wake up at 4 AM” mentality? Have you tried setting your alarm earlier and earlier to try to be one of those people? Or, have you even slept in and felt, “Well, there goes my day. I was going to get so much done, but my mojo is out of whack and I can’t be productive because I woke up at 10 AM.”

It’s happened to all of us.

Luckily, the time of day that you wake up doesn’t matter.

However, that’s not what our general societal belief is…


Overhead view of open laptop, coffee, pictures, a pair of glasses and some notebooks. Someone’s writing in the notebook.
Overhead view of open laptop, coffee, pictures, a pair of glasses and some notebooks. Someone’s writing in the notebook.
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I love writing. It’s a medium that has so much versatility and so few material requirements. It’s simple.

Want to write? Grab a pen and paper. Open up a word document.

Want to build a writing empire? Keep writing. Keep publishing. Keep getting your work out there, somehow.

That said, while it’s simple, it’s not easy. As any writer can attest, the actual process of writing involves a lot of coffee drinking in front of a blank computer, hmm-ing and haw-ing and thinking about what to even put on the page, then leaving the computer to watch YouTube videos or…


Two notebooks and a laptop on a bed. One of the notebooks says on the cover, “Getting things done”
Two notebooks and a laptop on a bed. One of the notebooks says on the cover, “Getting things done”
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I have so many goals right now that it’s easy for guilt to creep in when I rest.

Last week I spent a whole evening building a “play-by-play” of my weekend so that I could fill every single hour with something I wanted to do. I micromanaged my life — and I hardly followed the “schedule” that I made for myself.

I accomplished some stuff that I wanted to take care of…but I also went to the mall and spent an afternoon at the park. Despite the fact that I still did stuff that I wanted to do — on…


Pink and yellow balloons with smiley faces on them
Pink and yellow balloons with smiley faces on them
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I need to get off of social media. I know.

One day I was scrolling through Twitter. Maybe it’s because I follow a lot of activism and think-piece accounts, or because the people in my age group are generally going to be more passionate about things (I say that as a compliment), but I get a lot of messages that are all about how much the world sucks and how we need to fix everything.

Yes. There is a lot of awful stuff going on right now. It is my opinion, in fact, that it is our moral obligation to…

Allison Wonchoba

Allison is a writer based out of Minneapolis. She lives with her two cats and is loving life.

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