A working definition for intention is: “to have in mind a purpose or plan, to direct the mind, to aim.” Before my yoga classes I accept the invitation to set an intention for practice, away from worldly distractions and toward my goal of concentrating and remaining in the now moment. An intention is a short powerful statement that affirms you have set a goal and intend to achieve it and I’ve been applying that to my blogging as well as to my yoga. Continue reading
Blog themes come in different styles and there are many enhancements, such as but not limited to, widgets and media. It’s easy for beginner bloggers to devote too much time tweaking themes, checking their stats and imagining their posts becoming Freshly Pressed, instead of focusing on content creation and time management. Continue reading
At this time of the year when I’m recovering from all the summer visitors and the upside down lifestyle changes the summer brings I find myself looking forward to getting back to normal and struggling to recall what normal was like. Although I was able to publish two posts each week this summer, I fell behind when it came to replying to comments and visiting other blogs and leaving comments.
I’m considering how to approach the autumn. I have contracted work to do as well as work in our small business and blogging. I feel overwhelmed and I’m developing a strong desire to procrastinate. I know from past experiences that dealing with things as they come amounts to choosing to go into crisis mode, and I know how much of an energy drain and threat to my health it is to deal with crisis after crisis.
Without doubt developing a schedule is what I must do but I’m feeling defiant. Rather than setting priorities and developing a timeline I’ve been doing some reading about procrastination and discussing it with other bloggers. (Laugh, it’s okay. :D )
Procrastination, Perfectionism and Depression
Procrastination is a type of avoidance behavior where a person puts off tasks because of hectic schedules or because the tasks are unpleasant or uninteresting. Until I did some reading, I didn’t recognize there were such strong connections between procrastination, perfectionism, and depression. Lifestyle changes are difficult for anyone to cope with and even more challenging for perfectionists. Like procrastination, depression involves a failure to act. It’s one of the things that characterizes depression—lack of energy and motivation.
In order to break the procrastination habit, we need to get past the idea that in order to write, we must have all the information pertaining to the topic, and we must have optimal writing conditions. In reality, writers never have all the information, and conditions are never optimal. — Procrastination
I read Leo Babuta’s My Fav Procrastination Hack – 30-10 and also read Alexander Kjerulf’s unique approach. He says sometimes procrastinating is exactly the right thing to do at a particular moment, and he uses it as away to recharge and get blogging ideas. How to procrastinate effectively
Organizing, scheduling, updating to-do lists
When I decided to purchase a domain for this blog I set these goals. This week I will be recharging and reviewing my goals. I’ll be setting my priorities, developing a timeline, organizing, and making adjustments to my to-do lists.
For those of us who are procrastinators, Toodledo has a special tool that analyzes dates, priorities, time estimates, and other characteristics to create a customized schedule of the best use of your time. And rememberthemilk is also an excellent organizational choice for scheduling your time.
- Do you have difficulty starting or completing tasks because your standards are too high?
- Do you think a lot about what you’d like to accomplish but rarely get projects off the ground?
- Do you hesitate to leave your , avoiding situations that cause stress or ?
- Do you ignore important tasks, then, at the last-minute work frantically to get them done?
- Do you become irritable or argumentative when asked to do something you don’t want to do?
- Do you have difficulty saying “No” to people who ask for help but feel resentful later on?
Take Linda Sapadin’s A Procrastination Mini-Quiz and find out what type of procrastinator you are and what you can do to overcome procrastination.
What’s your procrastination type and how does it affect your blogging?
Blogging tips blogs like onecoolsitebloggingtips.com can quickly become “revolving door” blogs. As most bloggers asking for help do not have related blogs the likelihood that they will publish a post containing a backlink to the blogging tips blog of the person they received help from is very low. Continue reading
Shorter than a blog posting, a “tweet” consists of a concise sentence or two and essentially answers the question: What are you doing?
Unbelievably millions of people who want to know your answer sign up for the privilege.
My first post in this series is Blog Catalog: Premium Directory and Social Network and if you haven’t read it previously then I do recommend that you read it prior to reading this one.
(1) Write an appealing profile
Your Blog Catalog profile page is the most effective advertising spot in the social network for you as a blogger and for your blogs too. Accept the fact that people want to know a bit about who you are and that they are not likely to be impressed by a one liner. Put some effort into creating a biographical statement for use on your BC profile page and on other profile pages in other social media sites as well.
(2) Write concise and informative blog description(s) for your profile page and select categories and tags
Blog descriptions are extremely important. Put some effort into creating a concise, appealing description of your blog, your brand and your focus. Take a close look at the Category choices in the Directory and put some thought into selecting the categories and the tags for your blog(s).
(3) Use the BC search facilities and learn how to network effectively
The search link is at the top of every page. Click it and use the filters to narrow your search so you can locate similar and related blogs.
How to Stop Social Media Taking Over Your Day by Chris Garrett
(1) Only share what is safe to share – Once you connect to people outside your close friends and family you need to restrict the information you place in these networks. If in doubt, keep it to yourself.
(2) Observe before following.
(3) If people are taking too much of your time, drop them, and do not feel any guilt about it. There are no rules that say you have to follow everyone who follows you!
(4) Pick your venues and do not try to be active in all of them.
(5) Do not take part in time-wasting activities, such as quizzes and zombie games.
(6) Set Social Media time and log off when that time is over.
(7) Grow your network selectively and steadily – Learn how much activity you can manage.
(8) Use tools where appropriate.
Ten Causes of Social Media Meltdown by Doc Nicole Sundene
Since an “Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” according to my favorite Chinese proverb, let’s take a little look at the Top Ten Causes of Social Media Meltdown: