It’s the beginning of September, meaning school is starting up again and everyone will be getting out of their summer lull. Even if school no longer applies to your life, you may have just spent your summer with projects that you wanted to start up and never did. Maybe you’re starting something new in life — new career, new idea, new anything — and you just don’t know how to go about organizing your new workload. Or, maybe you clicked on this article simply because you’re overwhelmed and need to start over with your organizational process.
Google images of “passion”. What you get are pictures with platitudes telling you to “find” your passion, “fuel” your passion, “follow” your passion, and so on — with of course the occasional steamy sex pic (passion means many things…).
I’ve always thought that we have had a misguided view on passion. Spanning all the way back to Ancient Greece when we believed that muses and spirit-like geniuses provided us with creative inspiration and talent, it’s understandable to believe that passion is intuitive, innate. …
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…
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…