I’m posting at the Lift List Club today talking about change, goals and the way life can dump bucket loads of, well, life on us. The question is: do we get buried in disaster or swamped with opportunity? Continue reading “Buried in Disaster or Swamped with Opportunity?”
Jess Witkins is over at the Life List Club talking about summer fun…
It’s a holiday week, so that means it’s time to break away from the rules, bend the structure, and wear that naughty underwear no one knows you’re wearing but you! ;)I’ve been thinking about my to do list a lot lately. With Fast Draft over I couldn’t wait to have some peace and quiet for a few days, but now I feel like I’m moving too slow. I went from hyper drive surviving off of cheese and crackers and caffeine, and now I feel like my goals are moving slowly but summer is flying by!
You know how when summer begins, and you have all these great plans about trips to the beach, lazing away in a hammock, vacations to tropical places, cookouts full of junk food, and a margarita in each hand!
Read more at the Life List Club…
What about you? Whats on your summer fun list?
Sherry Isaac is over at the Life List Club talking about what happens when we miss our goals. Head on over and check it out!
1999. The year the artist formerly known as Prince asked that we party like.
That summer, chauffeur to soccer games, school dances and babysitting jobs, a familiar beat reverberated in this mother’s minivan. ‘Steal My Sunshine’, a one-hit wonder released by Toronto-based band, Len.
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Stay tuned. The Life List Club Milestone Party is coming up in two weeks! And it’s gonna be a whopper because the Life List Club is turning one year old.
Gary Gauthier is at the Life List Club today talking about creativity…
All you need for an excellent exercise that stimulates a young child’s imagination is a blank sheet of paper and a few crayons of different colors. A creative spirit and busy little hands will do the rest. It’s not so easy for us adults! While creativity can be as easy as child’s play, for an artist or a craftsman, creativity can mean painstaking work.
Read more here.
Head on over and join the conversation.
*Throwback Thursday Post: Revisiting old posts so they don’t get lonely.*
We interrupt your regularly scheduled Friday Stumble to bring you this special program…
I’m over at the Life List Club today discussing something that plagues all of us in the blogosphere, spam. But what if it’s not so bad after all?
Ah, the spammers are in bloom again…isn’t it lovely *inhales*
In fact, they may have even been your very first comments. But, as time passed and the spam filter grew fat with bizarrely worded pseudo-comments, you probably began to resent them…especially when the spam far outweighed the legitimate comments.
But maybe we’re not giving spam its due.
Read more here.
I’m over at the Life List Club blog talking about wasting time and whether (or not) it’s possible to waste time well. Come on over and join the conversation.
The gloriously perseverant Jess Witkins is at the Life List Club today, talking about Dr. Meg Jay’s work and asking if the choices we make in our 20s can define our entire lives. Head on over and join the discussion.
Procrastination. One of my biggest weaknesses. The sweet siren song of “later…I’ll do it…later” calls to me across the great expanse of my to-do list. Does it call to you too?
Here is a piece I wrote for the delightful Pam Hawley one Life List Club Friday. If you’ve ever been seduced by the demon Procrastination or if you know someone who has…or if you’re one of those organized types and just want to point and laugh at us procrastinators, keep reading…
*originally posted at Pam Hawley’s blog on 10/7/11*
When I Have More Time and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves
How many times have you said the following things to yourself?
“I’ll start that diet…tomorrow.”
“I’ll take one of those writing classes after the holiday hubbub settles down.”
“I’ll try that Twitter thing when I’m not so busy at work.”
“I’ll lay my plans for world domination when the kids get a little older and don’t need me so much.”
“I’ll start/finish writing my novel when I have more time.”
If you’re like me, the count is somewhere around…well, you figured you’d count it up later and then forgot.
I know, I know. You have 542,367,895,129 to do in a day.
Adding one more thing, especially if it’s not for your day job or your home or your family, feels like it might just bring everything crashing down.
So we tell ourselves we’ll do it when we have just a little more time. But that’s a big fat LIE. Say it with me, “Liar liar pants on fire.” Because there will never be a little more time. And, if there is just a smidge more time, something else will come along and fill it up.
You know it’s true.
And day after day sneaks past us like ninja kittens until we are left looking back at a long span of years, scratching our heads and wondering how all that time went by without us pursuing our passions.
Believe me, I know how it goes. I’m Queen of Later.
Bow down before me, all you procrastinators, or feel my wrath. Mwahahahaha. Um, what? Oh…really? Ok. Sorry. Back to the topic…
Seriously though, procrastination is one of my biggest weaknesses. Email piles up until my inbox is begging for mercy. Laundry piles up until we’re desperately washing tiny loads just to have underwear and jeans to wear. My exercise machine grows a fur coat of dust, my reading list grows and my outline languishes.
It’s so easy to put stuff off, especially if it has to do with writing. And especially when the writing gets hard. I tell myself I’ll just do it later. I promise this time.
But since we all know there probably won’t be a later or a little more time, we have to carve out time right now. Because the demon Procrastinator lurks around every corner and behind every dust bunny.
But, um, how do we go about this exactly? How do we smite the Evil Procrastinator?
Here’s some things that work for me:
- Make a list of goals and pick some folks to keep you accountable – Life List Club and ROW80 are awesome ways to put your goals out there and find a cheering/keep-you-in-line section.
- Start small – If the big goal make you feel like you’re standing at the bottom of Mt Everest, try making tiny daily or weekly goals. It’s easy to build on them and develop a sense of trust in yourself. I’m all about the baby steps. But, if you’re motivated by big goals, set big goals to challenge yourself.
- Get up early – I am so not a morning person. But, if I don’t wake up at least an hour before everyone else in the house gets up, it’s a huge challenge to get any writing done. Or you could stay up really late instead.
- Schedule reminders on your phone – Schedule daily writing times and program your phone’s calendar to remind you twice. Really pester yourself.
- Plan, plan, plan and list – It’s weird, I love to make lists but I used to hate making a daily schedule or an outline. I wanted to be spontaneous with my creative work and just go with the flow…except the flow usually led to nothing much getting done. So now I plan and plot and list. Plus, it’s fun to tick everything off my list.
- Visualize yourself succeeding and taking joy in every step.
- Leave yourself notes everywhere reminding you of your goals and cheering yourself on.
- Cut back on time-sucks – There’s almost always more play in our daily schedules than we realize. We putter around, watch tv, surf the net, etc. At least some of those things can go so we have more time to pursue our dreams.
- Give yourself permission to take a break – It’s easy to get overwhelmed. Cut back on your goal schedule or take a break. Just be sure to set specific goals for those cutback and breaks too so the goals don’t get abandoned.
So, even though it’s still a bit of a struggle for me, I’m learning to work around my wicked procrastinating ways. And, by all that is caffeinated, I will get my novel written (and the email read, the laundry done, the weight lost…)!
Do you put off your dreams? Procrastinate on your goals? How do you conquer that procrastination?
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Like Spinning Plates by Jameson42, on Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
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Lego Joker by Adam Crowe, on Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Put on your party hats, it’s time for another Life List Club Milestone Party!
Our old friend Larry the bartender is here again.
He’s always here. It’s almost sad really. The guy’s workaholic. But at least he enjoys his job. And this time he’s offered to be the chef too. Continue reading “The Milestones are Partying Again”