When I’m getting ready to blog, I like to set the scene. I want to get myself mentally prepared to write some goodness. There are a few things that help me set the scene to blog:
I’m usually pretty good at multitasking. However, I can’t multitask when it comes to blogging. I waste too much time doing blog-related tasks if I’m watching TV and/or doing other things on the laptop. To avoid wasting time, I turn on the TV or at least mute it. If I’m working away from home, I wear headphones to block out the sounds around me.
I like to listen to music while I write. I’m a sucker for piano instrumentals. My favorite Spotify playlists are Piano Chill, Piano Moods, The Piano Bar, and Peaceful Piano. These playlists help me focus on the task at hand and makes the creative process smooth.
Gather Snacks & Beverage of Choice
In addition to having all my blogging tools at hand (click here and here), having snacks and beverages on hand is just as important. Fruits like cherries, apples, and bananas are my favorite snacks to have on hand. When it comes to alcohol, sweet red wine is my favorite.
These are a few of the things that help me set the scene to blog. If you’re a blogger and/or writer, how do you get yourself mentally prepared to write? How to you set the scene? I’d love to hear about it.
Until next time,
This year, I’ve been working on a lot of goals. Many of these goals need a lot of research to make the goals a reality. Not bad right? I filled up notebooks, created many Pinterest boards, and created Evernote stacks to keep it all (somewhat) organized.
You might not think that’s a bad thing. And I understand why you might feel that way. But trust me, it is. And here’s why:
I ended up worse off than I was when I began. Something had to be done and it had to be done soon. I needed to rid myself of the source(s) of my overwhelm/stress. It began with the newsletters. At one point, I had 15 newsletters subscriptions. Why? I subscribed to many of them after seeing a post that caught my eye on social media. I figured if one post was this good, why not subscribe for more posts like this?
Sounds okay, right?
Some of the newsletters were too niche-based, which isn’t something that I can relate to. Others were aimed towards those who were at a different stage than I was. I ended up deleting more newsletters emails than I kept for future reference. No need to have my inbox clogged up by emails that aren’t useful.
Fixing this hot mess express took two steps:
- I went through my inbox and unsubscribed from about 55% of the newsletters. Not only is my inbox lighter but my nerves are much calmer. Everyone doesn’t belong in my inbox and that’s what let to the next step.
- I became more critical about the information I come across. Instead of subscribing to the newsletter and/or saving the information, I ask myself (sometimes several times) if this information is really useful to me?
Once I applied these two steps to my inbox, I realized how these steps also relate to life. Sometimes you have to weed through all the noise that’s around you to get to what really matters to you.What works for many isn't always going to work for me, no matter how good it sounds. And that's okay. Click To Tweet
It’s as simple as that.
Until next time,
The recent Pokémon Go craze has folks doing the absolute most. So much so that here in RVA a woman was robbed playing the game. As I rolled my eyes at the sheer stupidity of this craze, I started thinking about opportunity.Somebody is always watching you. And those who are watching you don’t always have your best interest… Click To Tweet
Ya’ll hear me up there in the nosebleed seats?!?!?!
Folks will wait in the wings, waiting for you to f*ck up so they can slide in and take advantage of your hard work. I have been on both sides of that coin. Is that wrong? Morally, yes. However, when it comes to opportunity, morals tend to take a back seat.
So what can you do?
Be aware of your surroundings. Understand that everyone that appears to be in your corner isn’t. I don’t want you to get caught up in some mess. And I damn sure don’t want you to go outside at 10 p.m. at night looking for some mess on an app.
Because somebody is always watching you.
And they don’t have your best interest at heart.
Until next time,