Jan 31, 2016

Stop being overwhelmed - use sand!

Posted by AJ Blythe at Sunday, January 31, 2016 0 comments
There are times when my to-do-list gets out of hand. It's worse when multiple things on the list are urgent, or particularly icky things to do. Usually I can get stuck in and work through it, but there are times when I seem to find anything else better to do. That list gets daunting sometimes! I read something recently that struck a chord with me, not because it was a new idea but because it was expressed so well.

The person used the analogy of an hour glass. Basically the idea is to tackle one grain of sand at a time. What's the next best thing to do right now? Do that thing. If you tackle each grain of sand eventually you'll have made your way through the list.

I usually have that approach. I start with the quickest or easiest and as the list shortens it isn't as scary.

How do you manage your to-do-lists?

Jan 28, 2016

I've Reached 500

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, January 28, 2016 2 comments
I just realised that my Happy Australia Day post was my 500th blog post!

Source: Jack Clabough

When I started my blog back in October 2008 I didn't really have any long term goals with it. To be honest, I wasn't even sure about starting a blog. But I thought I'd give it a shot and over 7 years later I'm still posting.

You can tell by looking at the history of my posts I've had good and bad years for blogging - usually a reflection of my life and how much time I have. In that time the Barbarians have grown from toddlers to nearly teens, the Hub and I have renovated 2 houses, relocated 1600km and over two state lines (about 1000 miles), and I've just started my 5th paid job (joys of being a casual worker bee) and worked almost full time hours volunteering.

All going to plan life is going to be on a more even keel this year. I guess how often I post will let you know if I'm succeeding.


Jan 26, 2016

Happy Australia Day

Posted by AJ Blythe at Tuesday, January 26, 2016 5 comments
The National Day for Australia on January 26th marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the first fleet to Australia and the proclamation of British Sovereignty. 

 

Jan 23, 2016

Pomodoro

Posted by AJ Blythe at Saturday, January 23, 2016 0 comments
For a number of years now I've worked out the best way for me to write is in short bursts. I try and do 45 minutes BIC (bum in chair) then 15 minutes away from writing - preferably out of the chair. As there is always housework to be done I'll often do that for the break. And lets be honest, knowing it's only 15 minutes of housework makes it tolerable *grin*.

The other day I was reading another blog (sadly I now can't remember which one) and the author talked about how the Pomodoro technique had really helped their writing efficiency. Intrigued I looked into it and discovered I had been Pomodoring all this time!

Developed by Francesco Cirillo the Podomoro technique is essentially a time management skill where a timer is used to focus work into short sprints (his method recommends 25 minutes) followed by a short break. He called it Podomoro after a tomato-shaped timer he used to time his work.

For me this technique works brilliantly. I can stay focused for 45 minutes knowing I get a break after that - and the deadline pushes me to have something to show for it.

Have you hear of the Podomoro technique? Does it work for you or are you willing to give it a try? I'd love to hear others experiences with it.


Jan 1, 2016

Welcome 2016

Posted by AJ Blythe at Friday, January 01, 2016 1 comments
Here's to a year I hope will be prosperous, blissful, healthy, bright, energetic and extremely happy.

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great, prosperous, blissful, healthy, bright, delightful, energetic and extremely Happy New Year 2016. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/life-style/happy-new-year-2016-24-inspirational-quotes-and-greetings-to-start-the-year-on-a-happy-note/#sthash.wCwDkwF1.dpuf
great, prosperous, blissful, healthy, bright, delightful, energetic and extremely Happy New Year 2016. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/life-style/happy-new-year-2016-24-inspirational-quotes-and-greetings-to-start-the-year-on-a-happy-note/#sthash.wCwDkwF1.dpuf
 

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