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On the importance of time

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I took time out of my day yesterday to go to the nail shop for my long overdue mani/pedi. I normally go every two weeks, but because I’ve been so busy with reporting and writing, I hadn’t been in a month.

As I sat there getting my services, I found myself constantly watching the clock. I had blocked the time off on my calendar, and I stuck to my appointment, but I only allowed an hour to be in the shop, which is normally how quickly they can get me in and out.

The man who usually does my manicure was not there, and another woman did the work in his place, and she was a little on the slow side, so what is normally a 60-minute service turned into a 90-minute service, and all I could think about was how that was going to throw my entire day off.

I’ve gotten into the habit of blocking things off on my schedule every day. If there is something that I have to do, it goes on the schedule, and I make a set time for it.

That nail appointment threw my afternoon schedule off yesterday. I recovered, because if nothing else, I’ve learned to be adaptable, but as I was lying in bed last night, I thought about how paranoid I got when they started going over the allotted time.

I flash back to a conversation I had with my best friend about how we get 86,400 seconds each day, and it’s the kind of bank account that you can only withdraw from, but not add to.

I’m growing to a point where I don’t want to waste the funds in that account. I want to make every second, minute, and hour of my day count in some substantial way.

I don’t feel guilty about the 90 minutes I spent in the nail shop. That’s a form of self care that I will not turn away from; I love pretty feet and hands, and they make me feel good about myself.

I’m just glad that the trip to the nail shop made me remember how important my time is to me, and furthered my resolve to not waste any of it.

For Creatives Who Can’t Get Out of Bed In The Morning Because They Stay Up All Night Being Creative

Monique with a cup of coffee

i definitely am a coffee snob

Dear coffee: You complete me.

I didn’t get up as early as I would have liked this morning, but in my defense, I was up late working and plotting, so the coffee is going to get me through for right now.

The important thing is I have not wasted one moment this morning with procrastination. I am learning how much of a time thief procrastination is, and I’m determined to not let it rob me ever again.

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I am admitting that I am a lot less productive when I work at home than if I take my office on the road

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With the help of some people who love me very much, I was able to put together a very nice backpack journalism kit that includes a Chromebook, a Samsung Galaxy S4 and an iPad Mini. The idea was that I’d be on the go a lot, and having a bag full of tools would allow me to create my stories anywhere.

Then school started, and I got buried under a pile of studying, and the mobile journalism took a backseat to my grades.

Then freelance writing assignments started to come more frequently, and I found myself having to craft stories sometimes on a moment’s notice, but I was spending most of my time in my apartment, and all of the distractions therein made it hard to stay focused on multiple assignments.

I found out about coworking on accident, but it was the happiest of accidents, and I’m grateful for the opportunity it provides me to get some continue to work for myself, but not by myself as the motto of Blankspaces goes.

The downtown office is located near 5th and Broadway. The downside? You have to enter through the alley, which means holding your breath for  about a block as you walk from the Pershing Square train station to the office location.

The inside of the space is very big and wide open, and the staff is friendly.

I don’t notice as much of a networking vibe as I’ve gotten in other spaces, but I love the gigantic tables, the fast Internet and the unlimited coffee and tea.

They have a Meet Up every other Thursday to try it out for free. I recommend giving it a shot.

How Waking Up Half An Hour Early Can Help You Solve More Problems | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

As a serial insomniac, waking in the middle of the night to write isn’t new for me. But making the effort to start my day this way had a bit of a different effect. For one, writing first thing in the morning set the tone for the day. By the time I sat down to work, I was less inhibited by the idea of getting started since I’d already gotten some thoughts down in my half-awake state.

I also found I was too groggy in the early morning to start second-guessing my ideas as I often do when I’m showered, caffeinated, and sitting at my desk to work. It’s almost like my creative mind, for lack of a better term, was on autopilot those early mornings, spitting words on the page with no time for judgment.

via How Waking Up Half An Hour Early Can Help You Solve More Problems | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

Time Tested Productivity Tips From Incredibly Busy People

For me, one way to do this is utilizing a simple but effective productivity tool – the classic timer. I’m a Pro Blogger. I write several posts a day. To facilitate my writing, I use a timer to help me focus. My standard operating procedure is to write a 500-word article in 1 hour. Here are my steps: I set my timer to 20 minutes for drafting an outline. Then 30 minutes for writing the post, and another 20 minutes for proofreading and editing. 1 hour flat, 1 clean, well edited post. More productivity tips coming in a graphic published by OpenForum, designed by Papercut from the text of Bruna Martinuzzi.

via Time Tested Productivity Tips From Incredibly Busy People.

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