I wrote this to get it out of my head

I have a six-item list in my phone designed to help me live my life with intention. It is:

  1. Choose to see things with love, not fear
  2. Behave in a way that is authentic for me
  3. Detach from outcomes
  4. Stop arguing with reality
  5. Wait and see
  6. Pursuit = theft of the present moment

Sometimes, I’m really good at remembering all of the above. Other times, I completely depart from this way of thinking, sending my brain off the rails with questions and anxieties. That I’m writing this post at all should tell you that I’m currently in the latter situation. Continue reading “I wrote this to get it out of my head”

DIY creative retreat

A few weekends ago, I cleared my schedule and holed up in my apartment  for a DIY creative retreat. The main goal for this weekend was to catch up on the writing schedule for my novel, which meant writing 21 pages over the duration of the weekend. There were other things I wanted to get done — two blog posts, a visual rebrand for my blog and social media accounts, and an editorial calendar for my blog through the end of April — but all were secondary (and tertiary, etc.) to the main goal.

During the weekend, I reached my desired page count, wrote two blog posts, and made incremental progress on my other goals. Want to do something similar? Here are some tips. Continue reading “DIY creative retreat”

The ombré workday

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to get more out of my days. My work involves a spectrum of projects, some of which are very task-oriented, check-the-box type things and others of which require deep concentration and focus. It’s difficult for me to switch back and forth between deep and shallow work. When I do, I find myself trying to apply a task orientation to projects that require higher-level thinking, or overthinking the simpler items on my to-do list. Continue reading “The ombré workday”