Sunday, October 6, 2019

Busy vs Productive

During a conference at one of my former jobs, the speaker talked about busy versus productive. Those are three very powerful words to me. Busy Versus Productive. I never thought about it until I heard this lecture. I always thought of myself as “busy” but lumped “productive” in with it. Heck, if I’m busy then I’m also productive, right?
            Wrong…in my case, anyway.
            I am a very busy person, but I am not very productive at times. I get things done; if there’s something I need to do for one of my own children’s books for publishing, I get it done; if it’s housework I have to do, I get it done; if I have filing or typing for my full-time job, I get it done. But I allow distractions to get in the way, such as emails, phone calls, other jobs, etc.
            Let me explain. When I do housework, it’s crazy. I start in one room but get distracted as soon as I walk into the next, and therefore, forget what I was doing in the previous room. When I am writing, I get a new idea and jump over to that and leave the other to sit until I get back to it…someday. If I’m filing at work and take a phone call, I don’t get back to filing; I jump on whatever I need to do for the person who called instead of prioritizing.
            Are you busy or productive? I think you can be both but prioritizing is a key word. I learned from my former job that if you’re at your desk working on a project/task, don’t check your emails every time one comes through your inbox. Set aside time for emails; set aside time for returning phone calls; set aside time for organizing your day. If you do that, you’ll find yourself way more productive. In fact, they suggested starting each day with about an hour of planning time. Focus on that day’s tasks or the tasks for that week. Organize, plan, prioritize. Then start your day.
            So…I will try this yet again. I was doing well for a while but fell back into my “busy” mode and I find myself feeling crazy like I’m not getting anything done!
Take a step back, take a deep breath, and ask yourself…are you busy or productive?

Sunday, September 29, 2019

More Than A Writer

I am a children's book writer but I also have a business called Get It Write where I offer editing and book formatting services. I no longer offer self-publishing consulting services as I'm signed on with a publisher now, but if you have any questions or need a little advice, I'd be happy to help out.

Visit my website for more information and feel free to share my website!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Live Life - No Regrets

            A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about having no regrets; you know, when someone you love dies, not holding onto the “if I only called more,” “did they know I loved them,” that sort of thing. But as time goes by, we do tend to become selfish and forget how we felt at that moment (i.e., writing that post and how I felt at the time). Recently, I’ve been looking at things differently again.
            My grandmother, in her mid-80s, has more and more trouble walking lately, is slowly losing her eyesight, and doesn’t have the same memory she once had. Do I visit enough? Does she know how much I love her? Have I been patient enough with her?
            My husband, in his late 40s, had open heart surgery a few weeks ago because of valve issues. In the 14 years we’ve been married, we’ve definitely had more than our share of ups and downs, but…Does he know how much I love him? Does he know I pray for him every day?
            A sweet friend of the family, Karen, recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. I had just heard from her around Christmas time and she sounded so happy and sent me photos. I didn’t know her health was declining…because I didn’t ask, I didn’t check in, I didn’t bother to let her know I was thinking about her. Did she know I loved her? Did she know I prayed for her and for her daughter?
            I said it in my post of March 2014 and I’ll say it again: “Life is short even if you live until you're 90. You can't do things over, you can't take back words spoken and you never get to rewind to where you wish you could be, instead of where you are now.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Tip of the Day

I am SO sure I'm not the only person who has ever done this but regardless, here's my tip of the day...

Make sure the coffee pot is sitting in the coffee maker before pouring water in and pressing "start"...otherwise, coffee coffee everywhere!!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Have You Ever?

I have done all of these.....some more than once. How about you?

~ Tried on a shirt or a dress only to find you cannot pull it off

~ Stumbled or fell while pulling on pants (sober)

~ Gone all day without realizing your socks didn’t match (not on purpose)