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. …
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…
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…
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. …
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
Whether you’re a professional writer who needs to crank out an article by the end of tomorrow or a passionate scribbler who wants to build a freelancing business, finding what to write about can be tricky.
I currently upload articles three times a week on Medium. It covers a diverse array of topics — this week alone I published an article about the toxic culture of Silicon Valley and another article about alternatives to waking up to an alarm clock. Talk about two completely different tones.
Friends and family have come up to me and asked, “How do you think…
Allison is a writer based out of Minneapolis. She lives with her two cats and is loving life.