Guest Post – The Bullet Journal Saved My Lifestyle

Jack Hill is hands-down one of the most productive people I’ve ever met and a Day Job veteran who’s worked a bigger variety of jobs than even I have. The two of us spent a lot of time in grad school trying to make sense of how the writing life worked in the 21st century.  Check out his website or follow him on Twitter @xjackhill. … Continue reading Guest Post – The Bullet Journal Saved My Lifestyle »

Stop. Checking. Your. E-mail.

I used to check my e-mail once, sometimes twice a day, usually after work or at the very end of the night.  (I know this is starting out all lame and nostalgic, but bear with me….)  I’d respond to anything that was important, then wait a few days for things that weren’t.  My back and forth conversations were usually separated by a day or longer, … Continue reading Stop. Checking. Your. E-mail. »

Schedule Books and To-Do Lists Are Awesome

Staying focused is important—and hard.  My biggest faults in this area are procrastinating, getting distracted during worktime, and taking on too much and getting overwhelmed (especially when I’m supposed to be writing). Case in point: I probably should have started this entry an hour ago. As I’ve talked about before, structured Day Jobs make it easier to get things done because they provide goals, timelines, … Continue reading Schedule Books and To-Do Lists Are Awesome »

Why You Should Turn Your Phone Off During Work Time

(Naturally, I’ve got my phone on silent while I’m writing this.) I’m like you: when I hear my phone make noise, I absolutely have to go find out what that noise means, not necessarily because it’s urgent, but to satisfy the deep, immediate, and all-encompassing sense of curiosity that stops me from thinking of anything else. Who could be texting ME in the middle of … Continue reading Why You Should Turn Your Phone Off During Work Time »