- Procrastinating too much.
- Holding grudges.
- Making assumptions.
- Playing it safe.
- Stressing myself out.
- Overthinking things.
- Analyzing too much.
- Letting fear hold me back.
- Judging other people.
- Criticizing someone I hardly know.
- Being lazy and lethargic.
- Eating more than I should.
- Dividing my attention.
- Getting easily distracted.
- Abandoning creative projects.
- Forgetting what my friends tell me.
- Taking myself too seriously.
- Holding onto the past.
- Underestimating my abilities.
- Buying stuff I don’t need.
- Making small things a big deal.
- Have an open mind.
- Don’t be so cynical.
- Life will work out.
- You’re not perfect.
- Never assume anything.
- Give others the benefit of the doubt.
- Love yourself first.
- You aren’t missing out.
- Enjoy the little things.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Stop jumping to conclusions.
- Learn from the best.
- Write bad first drafts.
- Editing is everything.
- Read what you want.
- Dance full out.
- Blog for yourself.
- Journal often.
- Try to forgive.
- People change.
- Show up.
- Have something to show.
- Keep your promises.
- Be early.
- Continue to improve.
- Driving. It still terrifies me.
- Failure. I hate failing.
- Rejection. Not as horrifying as it used to be.
- Being late. I have nightmares about this.
- Getting drunk. I like being sober and in control.
- Living in a world without baseball. I wouldn’t want to live in such a world.
- Noise. Loud noises to be exact.
- Heat. I don’t want to burn myself.
- War. Any kind of violence.
- Blood. Other people’s specifically.
- Band-aids. More unsettling than anything.
- Germs. I’m a germaphobe.
- Forgetting. Especially anything important.
- Twisting my ankle while walking down the stairs. Happened one too many times.
- Being out at night. I feel unsafe.
- Darkness. I used to be afraid of the dark.
- Dying before I realize my dreams. No need to elaborate there.
- Dropping money. I’d prefer not to.
- Losing IDs. What a hassle to replace them.
- Drowning. Let’s hope I don’t die in a body of water.
- Getting lost. I’m terrible with directions.
- Car accidents. This might explain my first fear.
What are you terrified of?
As if I’m in any position to tell you what not to do as a blogger. My lack of authority is not going to stop me.
- Don’t be someone you aren’t. Be yourself. Be true to who you are. Be every other cliché I could throw at you but won’t because I’m considerate.
- Don’t isolate yourself. Ill be the first to admit that I did this when I first started out. Don’t be like me. You aren’t on an island. You’re part of a community, an amazing one. So enjoy the company. Comment. Engage. Interact. Most important of all, be kind to others. You’d be amazed.
- Don’t become a jerk. I like to think you aren’t a jerk and won’t become one. Stay awesome.
- Don’t compare. First, we’re all amazing in our own way. Second, you aren’t anyone else. So stop comparing yourself to someone else, to everyone else.
- Don’t worry more than you work. Worrying accomplishes nothing. It just wastes time. Time you could spend working. Getting real important stuff done.
- Don’t neglect your needs. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: You’re a human being, not a machine. Eat healthy. Drink water. Sleep enough. Exercise often. By taking care of both your brain and body, you’ll be a better blogger.
- Don’t make excuses. Easier said than done, I know. But it can be done.
- Don’t force yourself to do anything you don’t want to. It’s okay to put your foot down. It’s okay to say no. It’s okay to do the things you want to do.
- Don’t lie or hide. Please and thank you.
- Don’t do everything else except blog. You’re a blogger. Blog.
You’ll be happier if you don’t listen to me.
A list of friendly reminders for writers because it’s easy to forget things sometimes.
- Jot down ideas.
- Save your work.
- Take a break.
- Drink some water.
- Go for a walk.
- Eat a snack.
- Get enough sleep.
- Write for yourself.
You don’t need to thank me.
Here’s where I spill the truth about why I publish what I do.
When I publish…
- a short blog post, I didn’t manage my time well at all that day.
- a long blog post, I was rambling and didn’t even attempt to edit anything since I’m beyond lazy.
- a poem, it’s because I couldn’t be bothered to write a post.
- a short story, it’s because I didn’t have a poem or post ready to show the world.
- a list, I’m probably proud of it.
A new month is the perfect time to set yourself up for success.
Make a monthly to-do list.
What do you hope to accomplish? Write it down. Somewhere, anywhere, everywhere.
Note important appointments, meetings, birthdays even.
Try not to forget or miss any of those. Unless you have none to note (me).
Get a good night’s rest.
Who wants to tackle the new month with dark circles under their eyes? That’s what concealer is for!
Cheers to your organization and productivity. Stay great.
- Short deadlines.
- Strict instructions.
- Snobby humans.
I’m not that full of hate.
My Things To Love post was longer.
See, I am capable of love.