Productivity

How To Have A Productive Day

Or at least a semi-productive one.

Feel free to use what works and discard what doesn’t.

  • Wake up early. Earlier than you normally do. That way, you have more time. In a perfect world, you’d go to bed earlier the night before.
  • Tackle the most difficult task first. Especially if you’ve been procrastinating. Get it out of the way. At the very least, start something.
  • Bunch things together. For instance, let’s assume you need to use the computer for a bunch of tasks. Try to complete all three at once rather than turning on your computer multiple times during the day. Get all your groceries in one trip. Run a bunch of errands together. Pay your bills at the same time.
  • Break up big projects into small tasks. If only so you’re not as overwhelmed by all you have to do.
  • Have incentives. Motivate yourself to work hard with rewards. It can be a piece of candy or a night out with friends.
  • Multi-task, don’t multi-focus. It’s almost impossible to focus on two or more tasks and do them well. It is possible to do two things that don’t split your attention or require intense concentration though. For example, listen to a podcast while washing the dishes.
  • Get rid of distractions. Go to another room that doesn’t have a tablet, TV, etc. Ask a family member to change the Wi-Fi password. Or get a friend to hide your smartphone.

Here’s to having a productive day year.

Writing

Writing A Baseball Story

What am I currently working on in April, also known to me as Camp NaNoWriMo?

I’m writing a baseball story. 

My plan is to stick with this idea for the entirety of Camp. As a writer, one problem I have is finishing what I start. The bigger the undertaking, the greater the likelihood I abandon the endeavour partway through. So I’ve committed to working on one idea until April 30th. I want to complete a longer project for once.

It’s so much more than a baseball story, but for the sake of simplicity, I’m calling my current work in progress that. At least until I come up with something better.

Even though I don’t have a daily word count goal, I am trying to fill up pages in a notebook.

Also, I’d be content with writing every day. But I’m happy to report I’m writing more than I usually do.

We’re five days in, and I haven’t given up on this story idea. I haven’t even thought about giving up on it. I’m taking that as a good sign.

Writing

Writers, Do You Ever…

  • Feel guilty about starting a project you promised you’d finish but never did?
  • Remember an old story you started and somehow finished several years ago?
  • Have long conversations with your characters to learn more about their lives?
  • Wonder what your characters would do if they were in the situation you’re currently in?
  • Dream about your stories being turned into films or TV shows but all those stories only exist in your head?
  • Imagine talking about your published novel with other people even though the novel in question isn’t written, much less published?
Writing

Friendships And Writing

Have you ever been in a relationship with someone, and one day you two stopped talking for whatever reason? Then you never talked to him or her ever again?

Have you ever invested a lot of time into a project, and one day you stopped working on it? Then you never touched it again?

Uh, yes and definitely yes. 

The latter tends to haunt me more. 

Blogging · Writing

Awkward Questions To Ask Bloggers And Writers

Because I’m an awkward person, these questions make me feel even more awkward.

“How many followers you have?”

What I think: More than you.

What I say: A few.

“Are you published?”

What I think: Does it matter?

What I say: Sort of?

“Can I read [an unfinished project]?”

What I think: NO!

What I say: Sure!

I’m also a mean, rude, and paradoxical person.

Writing

NaNoWriMo Realizations

NaNoWriMo Realizations

Since NaNo started, I’ve come to realize a few things. And maybe you have too.

I have more time than I thought I did. 

God knows what I did every morning before class in September. Managing my time wisely means not staying up until 11:38 p.m., writing frantically.

I underestimated the speed at which I write/type.

On good days, I don’t need an hour to reach 1,667 words. Being in the zone is a beautiful thing.

Writing a novel is more satisfying and will teach you a lot more than acing any test or exam. 

National Novel Writing Month reminds me that school isn’t everything. I’m much happier (albeit busier) when I’m working on personal projects outside of class.

What, if anything, have you realized?

Writing

Not Writing A Novel For NaNoWriMo 2015

It’s about time I bombarded you with NaNoWriMo posts.

You’re welcome.

I need to talk about my projected project. Somebody thinks she’s good with words. But she’s wrong.

Since I like to rebel, I’m not writing a novel for National Novel Writing Month.

And because I’m evil, I won’t tell you what I am writing.

Not that you care, am I right?

Don’t prove me wrong.

Writing

The NaNoWriMo Writing Process (Sort Of)

  1. Think about your project for (Camp) NaNo days and sometimes months in advance.
  2. Jolt awake on March 31st or June 30th or October 31st because you realize there are X amount of hours left, yet you are wholly unprepared, despite all the “thinking” you’ve done.
  3. Attempt to outline.
  4. Throw away said outline.
  5. Consider starting another one.
  6. Stop outlining.
  7. With half an outline if you’re lucky or nothing but an idea if you’re like me, start typing.
  8. Convince yourself that you can’t possibly write X amount of words in one day.
  9. Somehow manage to write more words than you thought you could for an entire month.
  10. Finish and hopefully win (Camp) NaNo looking like you barely survived a vampire, werewolf, and zombie apocalypse.
  11. Throw a party…or thirty because no one is judging.
  12. Procrastinate for the next NaNo even though you know you shouldn’t.

I’m trying to be slightly funny and partially serious. I don’t think I accomplished either.