Article: “Not Busy, Focused”

Did you wake up this morning, immediately turn on some kind of technology—your phone, your computer—and get down to work? Me too.

I’ve spent the last few years trying to be far more mindful of slowing down, taking my time, and being present. But sometimes I slip, and these past two weeks have been fast, quick, and over before I knew it.

Life is not a race, and just because we’re busy doesn’t mean we’re being productive or even doing things to our best ability. Here is an article that never fails to remind me of that—and what to do about it:

“Take a look around: everyone is multitasking. We’re doing more than we’ve ever done, attempting to fill every interstitial zone with more work. Every downtown scene is the same: heads tilted downward, faces lost in glowing screens, technology turning people into zombies …”

Blog Re-post: “Be Brave.”

Stephanie R. S. Stringham

I know, it’s not Tuesday, but today, I felt urged to share a message right away.

I’ll be honest with you (well, okay, I’m always honest with you, but I felt like that was a nice way to start a blog post): This post was triggered by Sara Bareilles’s song “Brave,” which I was listening to while making breakfast this morning:

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.

Typically when I hear this song, I think of my kids and the challenges they’re going to face in life. But on this morning, I had been contemplating my own struggles with writing, and I realized that other people have those struggles, too. So, dear reader, if you are a writer, or if you’re even thinking about writing, but you’re scared, listen to this song and take the words…

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The Idea of Less.

Since this new year began, I’ve been working on the idea of less. Less work, less worry, less clutter. Just . . . less.

One of the hardest things about freelancing is taking time off. Ironically, it’s also one of the things that makes me so good at what I do: I don’t stop until the job is done.

Burnout is real, however, and when your yearly performance evaluation specifically brings up “overworking” and asks you to “continue striving to find balance,” the issue obviously needs to be addressed. I’ve spent the past month doing exactly that.

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