I first discussed batching days back in September, for International Batching Day. I had pretty lofty goals that day, and I met them. I was pretty darn proud of myself.
As per my goals for this year, I’m revisiting the idea of batching days. You see, I’ve decided to implement a new productivity technique and stick with it. I decided, since I did so well on the batching day last year, I’d use that technique. I already know what to do.
I’ve done theme words or phrases the past four years: Prepare, Be Creative, Simplify, and Courage. I was pretty darn successful at each of these, and have decided I like theme words and goals better than resolutions. They work for me.
My 2017 theme word is:
And boy do I need it! I’m not just talking about my writing life, either. I need to find ways to organize the room I rent to make it feel more cozy and tidy; more homey. I’m planning on a year of organizing everything I possibly can, from home to personal stuff to business.
It should all keep me pretty busy.
As for organizing my writing life, I want to:
In Raising My Girls Alone, Part 1, I talked about how four strong women helped me to raise Skye and Zowie, and how grateful I am to each of those women. But they were not the only people who were there for us. We had a bit wider support system. We also had my father …
Sadly, I’ve done this far too much. Been in the middle of so many things that I’ve lost track of where I was, or completely forgotten some of the things I was supposed to be doing. Only to look at my multiple lists later on and realize I hadn’t accomplished some of the things I was supposed to do that day.
Not fun, especially when you have to then turn around and finish those things, even though you thought you were done.
Skye's father was not in the picture. I don't say this in any negative way. They have a relationship now that she is an adult, and that is the important thing. I fully support them and am grateful that he is in her life now. Zowie's father was there until he passed away when she …
My daughters, like all children, started their education at home. They went to daycare, and even head start for a while. Then they transitioned into public school. The first year for Skye was great, but things went downhill from there and I ended up taking both girls out of public school and started teaching them …
I recently posted about how I’m trying smoothie bowls at breakfast. I’m also trying oatmeal bowls, and they are delicious.
So many foods can be added to a smoothie bowl, that there are plenty of combinations to try. And what better time of year to experiment than during the autumn and winter months. A warm bowl of oatmeal on a cold morning. What could be better?
My first experiment was an easy one.
Soups are so easy to make! They are healthy, and you can add just about anything to a soup. Experiment to see what your favorites will be.
A big pot is best, so you can have plenty of leftovers. Covered and placed in the fridge it’ll last a good 4 or 5 days, and you can freeze some of the soup as well.
I use leftovers first when making a soup, then add to the pot if the need be. If the leftovers are frozen, they don’t really need to be thawed. This process will happen just fine during the cooking period, so no worries.
Here is the basic process of making a soup:
There are other things I found I needed to do this past year in order to successfully get things done.
I needed to stay motivated, and this motivation had to come from within myself. I had to keep that momentum going if I was ever going to accomplish things. But it was not always easy...
While my main goal is to be earning a full living from my writing at some point, money is not the only reason I write. I also write to help others. By getting information out to people who may need it, I feel like I’m contributing to a greater good.
Because I have been so busy publishing eBooks as of late, I haven’t gotten to other things on my to-do list. Today is the day I’m catching up on these things, before I begin my tw0-double weekend at the Inn. I like to feel that I’m accomplishing enough in my writing before I go back to work, then I can do smaller writing-related tasks during my downtime at work. I’m lucky enough to have a front desk job, and a boss who lets me write while there – if there is time.
My goals are listed below, and I’m more than half done. This blog post is actually part of my goals list.
I might go all day, forgetting to eat and exercise. Forgetting to relax. Other times, I work so many days in a row, that, even though I’m breaking for meals and walks, I never feel rested. On these days, I’m generally working from the time I get up until late at night.
Why Taking a Break Never Fails by Shannon L. Buck http://livethefreelancelife.comOur brains need a break from mental work, just as our bodies need a break from physical work. When we are exhausted from mental or physical work, our bodies let us know. We start making silly mistakes, getting cranky, and feeling overwhelmed.
No one wants those types of things to happen, so It’s best to give ourselves a break.
I have a confession to make. I’m not always the most organized person, though I am trying to get better at all the organizational stuff. It takes time, through trial and error, for some of us to pull of organized, and I’m learning new things each year.
I’ve spent a lot of time simplifying, which has been a great help.
At the most basic level, a casserole is food items put into a baking dish and baked until done. It can be layered, or all the foods might be mixed together, a few ingredients or many. The foods, when baked together, make a delicious meal to be served any time. Most casseroles can even be frozen before baking, to have on a busy weeknight. These creations are easy to make.
It’s been a while since I added a sun tea recipe, so I thought I’d share a simple one I made yesterday. I knew I was going to want something cold and refreshing to drink when I got home from an extended walk, so I made this in the morning, let it sit on the windowsill while I got ready for my day and, before leaving the house, put it in the refrigerator.
At first I wasn’t sure about mixing lemon with the mint tea, but I was working with only a few food and drink items to get me through the day, so I thought I’d give it a try.
I’m glad I did.