The past few months have been a bit chaotic, mentally. As each day goes by I get more unorganized and more scatterbrained. Today I sat down to tackle some issues I’ve been procrastinating.
- Email inbox.
Besides the usual (deleting those pesky newsletters & junk) I am terrible at keeping my inbox clear. I also lack responding to emails in a timely fashion. Today I manged to reply to Busy, an email six weeks in the making, and deleted items from my social/promotion tabs.
How do you manage your inbox?
- Scheduling posts.
I have used this feature off and on but today I’m looking into a more solid plan to use scheduling for my blog. Usually each day I carve out an hour of my time to write an update. The post feels lacking or rushed and not from the heart. In the future I’d like to improve my content and post thoughtful updates.
Do you use the schedule feature?
I used to be organized and I realize this every time I open up Goodreads. Years ago I discovered GR and the OCD side of me rejoiced. Now I am working on getting my bookshelves more organized and labelled efficiently for easy perusing. This will also help with reading challenges in the future.
Bookshelves, to organize or not to organize?
- Memories. I take leisure photos but rarely manage to upload, edit, or review a batch before taking on a new project. This is a big task I need to get under control and it will take time but I am going to try to spend a small amount of time every day to get this done.
What daily routine helps keep you sane?
That may seem like a lot to some and not many things to others, for me it is just enough for now. Time management used to be a strength of mine so I plan to remedy my current situation.
Do you have any tips for managing life, time, reading, self, etc.?
It is crazy to think about things you wrote down years ago. I dug out one of my journals (still a WIP to fill) and snapped some shots of a few pages. The stories were funny to read now but I started looking at my handwriting.
The biggest difference is when you compare the present with 15 years ago. Back then I was in the habit of writing daily and it was just the dawn of the computer age. As time goes on my writing (in my opinion) is lacking. I may need to get back in the practice of writing in an actual journal again to improve my penmanship.
These excerpts are examples of when I was not trying to write legible, just freely.
Have you noticed a change in your handwriting over the years? Is the computer/texting ruining us all?
How To Get More Reading Time
All of us readers have this problem at one time or another–trying to squeeze in time to read. Here are a few tricks to get that book finished and that “to be read” pile down.
Read before bed, every single day.
Seems like common sense but that time spent reading before bed adds up. Set yourself a goal or time limit and stick to it. I have stayed up late finishing a book so I know the struggle but remember there is always tomorrow night to look forward to and a good book is worth the wait.
Read while on the move.
If you commute then you have the perfect opportunity for reading time. Also consider audiobooks, for those that walk or drive (I use audiobooks on the treadmill). I usually have one book picked out for commute reading. For example, a thin paperback that if it gets lost or damaged I would not be as heartbroken as if it were a more prized book.
Interact with other readers.
This will get you recommendations for other books. It will spread book love around because I know we all like to talk about stories we love. You may even forge a friendship over your passion for reading.
Lunchtime equals book time.
Reading during a meal used to make me feel like a loner, but I would rather have an enjoyable meal while reading than sit and pretend to be involved in the lunch table’s conversation. This habit of reading while eating was instilled at a young age for me and I still read at lunch during the work week.
Wake up and read.
I like to spend an hour or two on the weekend just reading. It is my relaxing time. My favorite time to read is when I wake up in the morning on Saturday or Sunday while I’m still being lazy getting a chapter or two in before I start my day.
When do you fit in your reading time?
Today we all lost an hour but we also were able to celebrate women.
Hey ladies, what’s cooler than being a woman? Nothing. Boom.
Happy International Women’s Day
Today I wish I had more time devoted to reading. Here’s some tips to get more reading time in.
- Consider audio books, for those times when you don’t feel like using your eyes just turn your ears on and give a listen to your book.
- Always carry a book with you, pair this with the next tip to be most successful.
- Read more than one book at a time. I often go through mood changes so changing my reading material makes sense.
- Sharpen your time management skills so that you can earn some reading time for yourself later, even if it’s 20-30 minutes.
- Just do it–stop making excuses, procrastinating, or complaining about it. Go read NOW.
Celebrate reading Saturday on the National Readathon Day.
What are you currently reading? Best tips to get in more reading? Are you reading this weekend?