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.

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. Bookshelves.
    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?
  4. 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.?


3 Tips for a Book Hangover

bookhangover1There are many more tips (here) out there to help with a book hangover. Time is usually a cure-all. It might take hours, days, or longer but you’ll move on. Depending on the severity of the book hangover I will use a combination of these tips.

  • Read something in a different genre.  I am a mood reader and often juggle more than one book at a time. This is especially true when I am dealing with a book hangover. One easy way I get out of one world and into another is by reading something on the opposite end of the genre spectrum. Sometimes this works and sometimes I have to use multiple tips to move on from a great read.
  • Indulge in reality. It helps to try (for a small amount of time) devoting some time to other hobbies or real world activities. When I’m stuck between books I usually will explore other interests as a way to take my mind off of things or let my thoughts settle. For myself, baking gets my mind back in check.
  • Birds of a feather flock together. Get online and discuss the book with others. Gush over it, dissect it, and get it out of your system. Sometimes it also helps to reread the book or your favorite parts. Or if there’s a movie/television show based on the book you could abandon yourself in that.

Buzzfeed made a pretty good checklist to see if you’re suffering from a book hangover. Go check it out here.

How do you cure a book hangover?
3 Tips for a Book Hangover

Wishing and Hoping

Today I wish I had more time devoted to reading. Here’s some tips to get more reading time in.

  1. 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.
  2. Always carry a book with you, pair this with the next tip to be most successful.
  3. Read more than one book at a time. I often go through mood changes so changing my reading material makes sense.
  4. Sharpen your time management skills so that you can earn some reading time for yourself later, even if it’s 20-30 minutes.
  5. 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?

Wishing and Hoping


Traveling is easiest with only my purse. Seldom do I find myself traveling this way. My insider tip (and maybe just good luck) is with gate check and voluntary baggage check at the gate. This way you skip the fees and can travel comfortably. This tip is easily executed on full flights. I’ve only paid once for a checked bag and that was when I moved aboard.

Has this tip worked for you; any others to suggest? I want to know.