I’ll Be Back

I’m burned out.

Work has kicked my butt for the last couple of weeks and by the time I get home I want to spend the evening on the couch playing games on my iPad and watching Gilmore Girls.

I had every intention of finishing my ebook by Monday, and I just couldn’t will myself to put in the effort needed to finish it.  I’ll finish it, but I need to step away from the blog.

I’ll be back January 1 with lots of fun content for you.

Friday Social

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Friday!  I thought I’d never see you!  This has been one long crazy week.  I’m excited for a quiet weekend!

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you about my ebook.  I had every intention of launching Monday (and I still plan on it!) but I didn’t expect this week to kick me so hard in the butt.  I have a lot of work ahead of me, so we’ll see what happens.  I’m ready to be finished with it so I can move on to other projects.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I’m feeling a little in planner limbo lately.  My A5 feels too big and my (Levenger) compact feels too small.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you about my new push to be healthier.  I’m super excited to eat better and move more.  I just need to make sure it’s stupidly easy.

What are your weekend plans?

Lessons in Ebook Writing

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In case you’ve missed a post or two from me recently, I’m writing an ebook.  I promise I’ll tell you all about it on Wednesday, but right now you need to know I’ve been buried in the stress of writing it.  If I’d spent as much time writing it as stressing about it, it’d be done by now.  However, here is what I learned so far.

1) Just do it.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about writing an ebook and talking about writing an ebook and planning to write an ebook.  When the opportunity came to write my ebook while my friend Ashleigh writes hers, I knew it was a perfect time to start.  Pick a topic, pick a deadline, and get to it.  No more excuses.

2) It’s a lot harder than I expected
Oh my goodness.  I thought I could just jump in and start writing and have it ready to go in a week.  I might could have done that if I had a serious plan and a week off.  Even beyond the writing, you have to think about images and fonts and design.  There’s a lot that goes into it.

3) I should have started in iBooks Author
I wrote most of it in Evernote, which worked, but I could have outlined things and had one less step to do if I’d just started in iBooks Author to begin with.

4) Make your Launch Date Public
The more people you tell about it, the more real it feels.  You don’t want to disappoint everyone who is waiting for it!

5) Write now, Edit Later
I am usually someone who self edits while I write.  I had some trouble getting things down because the sentence didn’t feel right so I spent a lot of time staring at the monitor waiting for something to happen.  Once I let go of my hang ups and just started writing, the words flowed much easier.

 

 

 

Friday Social

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If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I am very distracted lately, in a good way.  My mind is spinning with lots of big dreams and goals and I am so excited I can’t handle it.  I’m also so very overwhelmed with everything.  It’s difficult to find balance.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I just made the best brussels sprouts.  I wanted to do pistachios and parmesan so I free-handed it with oil, garlic and herb seasoning, parmesan, and pistachios and it was so good!

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you how excited I am to make some progress with my health.  It’s so easy to move into bad habits, and I’m super motivated to start making some healthy decisions.

Happy weekend!

December Currently

I am busy working on getting my ebook ready to go.  I promise I’ll give you more details soon, but here is a snapshot of me today:

Reading Percy Jackson!  I’m on the third book and I’m really enjoying it.

Writing all about planners.  I’m converting my planner series into an ebook with updated content and lots of extra sections.  I’m really excited to show you.

Listening to Serial.  Every week.

Thinking about 2015 plans.  We’re getting closer!

Smelling the chicken quesadilla Tony just made me!

Considering changing up my planner.  A5 feels so big right now.

Loving life.  I’m so excited for everything that is coming.  I can’t wait.

Wondering 

Feeling content.

Excited for 2015!

Your turn!  Pick one and tell me what you currently are.

December Goals

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I can’t believe it’s December already!  November flew by and it’s time to outline a couple goals to finish out the year.

Far and away my top goal for this month is to finish and release my ebook.  I would love to have that ready by the end of this week, but I think I am way underestimating how much I have left to do.  Either way, it will be ready to go by the end of next week.  I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

This morning, I stepped on the scale expecting to have gained a few pounds this week.  But I weighed five pounds less than I expected.  Hooray!  I really want to keep up the momentum through December.  That means working super hard to hit my fuel goal, drink enough water, stay within my calorie goal, and try to get some movement in every day.

What are you goals for this month?

Friday Social

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If we were having coffee today, I would tell you all about my ebook.  I’m converting my planner series into an ebook that will be launching mid December.  I’m full on writing, researching, and planning ebook.  I’m excited to see what it becomes.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you about the earthquake I felt last week!  It was my first time in an earthquake and while it was very minor, I was not a fan.  I like my feet firmly planted on the stable ground.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you how excited I am for the new year.  I don’t usually get like this because I set goals all the time.  This new year feels like a fresh start.  I’m working on choosing a word for 2015, creating a business plan for my website, and considering my health and financial goals.  I can’t wait to see where this goes.

Have a good weekend!

On Doing Things, Even When You Don’t Want To

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This has been a crazy week. I’m not sure if it’s the weather change or I’m not sleeping well or what, but I came home exhausted the last few days. I just want to come home and curl up on the couch.

My schedule doesn’t allow for that. I have things to do. I have goals to make. I’m writing an ebook. I have enough going on that I don’t have time to skip over to dos.

Here’s what you can do to help when you just don’t want to:

1) Schedule it out.

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of my planner. Whether you use something like Asana or a paper planner, take time to break down your projects and schedule them out. Be flexible, but try to stick to your due dates as much as possible. Accomplishing a little at a time will help you finish things in no time.

2) Set a timer.

Close all distractions, set a timer, and work diligently for a set amount of time. Even if you just work for five minutes, that’s 5 minutes’ worth of work you didn’t have before.

3) Make a Must Do List

Your must do list includes the things that, barring a natural disaster, you will do. These are the tasks that you absolutely have to do today no matter what. If you have more time or energy you can move on to other tasks, but you are still maintaining your projects without giving anything up.

How do you accomplish things when you don’t feel like it?

Creating Tasks in Asana from Email

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Here’s a quick tip for a productive Monday!

It’s no secret Asana is my favorite task manager.  I use it for everything from tracking daily to-dos to breaking down big projects.

Your email should not be your to do list.  It’s far too easy to lose or ignore things.  I much prefer my email to be dealt with immediately.  If I can’t get to it right now, it goes directly into Asana.  No more keeping track of random emails or trying to use a complicated star system.

To forward into a specific project, look at the address bar for that specific project.  You should see two sets of numbers.

Grab the first number in the url and format an email like this:  x+NUMBER@mail.asana.com.

You could use this to remember to respond to emails.  Maybe you’ll use this email to blind carbon copy it into asana to remember to follow-up?  Whatever you choose to use it for, stop using your email as a task list and get it all into a usable format.

Friday Social

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If we were having coffee today I would tell you I broke my website this last weekend!  It was really dumb.  I thought I had a duplicate WordPress install, and deleted my actual website.  And this is why we can’t have nice things.  Fortunately I had a backup and only lost a week’s worth of effort.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you this cold weather has been no joke.  I know it’s about to get even colder, and is much colder in other places, but I really dislike being outside right now.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I am super excited for Thanksgiving food.

Happy  Weekend!