I read a lot of blog posts during the week – I kind of consider them like a little retreat during the beginning, middle, or end of a day – thus the title of this series of posts – weekly retreats. I try to remember to collect the best of them here for you each week so you can be as entertained or prodded or as moved as I am.
This week, the following things are making the list:
- 6 Things the Most Organized People Do Every Day – Eric Barker for Time Magazine. I’ve been feeling a bit of angst lately about what I am and am not getting done. Perhaps this gives me a bit of a direction in which to go for making a change that allows me to make better use of my limited time. (Thanks for sharing Susannah!)
- Listen to Your Journal – Quinn Creative. I think about this a lot, although I have a hard time remembering to do it. When I write things down that feel “right”, I often mark them with a stick note tab so i can go back to them at soe later point. And then I forget to go back.
- An Open Letter to the Douchebags of Chicago – The Daily Tay. It’s been awhile since I’ve had to deal with anything like that, but I know that feeling. No one should have to walk down the street and wonder if they are going to be safe today. Or have to deal with someone else’s perversions. We are not here for your pleasure.
- Why I Don’t Necessarily Want to Grow Bigger – Alexandra Franzen. I get this. Big can be impersonal and overwhelming. I like smaller and impersonal for a lot of reasons. For the class that I’ve been in the last month? Too big. With over 100 people in the course, things have gotten lost. It’s too much for the participants and the facilitators. Too much.
- Bite-Size Memoir – Crazy – Lisa Reiter of Sharing the Story. I’ve missed Bite-Sized Memoir! How many of you want to participate?
- A Simple Guide to the New Pinterest Analytics – Hello Society. One of the things that we covered in blog school was how important pinterest is in driving traffic to your blog. This could be very insightful.
- Kindness & A Daily Retreat and Kindness to Self – Finding Serendipity. Interestingly enough, my Coach recently emailed me back and one of the things she asked me was how I’m practicing self-care right now. I really think that the biggest way I am kind to myself – and my daily retreat is that hour or so I spend writing every morning. Somewhat ironically, the timing of that hour prompted the question. *Said as I yawn because I got up after sleeping for just 2 hours so I could go to a photography meet-up*
- This Sh*t is Hard – Talking Shrimp. I’m slowly coming to realize that not everyone who blogs does it every day. That’s giving me a bit to think about with regard to my editorial calendar. First, though, I kinda like writing…or adding photos here every day. Sure there are lots of times when I I would rather not post. When the well has run dry. But more often than not, the truth of the matter is that the big problem for me is time and scheduling and prioritizing. If I had infinite time, blogging every day (along with photography both for the blog ad for me) would be easy. (Thanks for sharing Karen!)
- Is Balance the New Girdle – Jen Louden. I needed to read this. I’m feeling guilty about were my life finds itself right now – like I am out of balance. But am I really?
Balance is about choosing your life – and sharing that aliveness. Drawing on the wisdom of one of my favorite teachers, business consultant Fred Kofman, perhaps it is time to see if the ultimate purpose of balance is that it allows us to bring to the marketplace the very place that can make balance into a tow-faced should, to the the very place that can create an unsustainable world – better choices that can create a more fulfilling, flourishing world.
- How to Get & Stay Organized – Psychologies. Great 3 tips. I think I can definitely use this in my classroom during my planning period…which conveniently happens at the end of the day. Thanks for sharing Victoria!
- The Bold Choice to Write – Julie Jordan Scott. There are all sorts of reasons why we can’t…many reasons why we shouldn’t. And yes, it is a bold choice. There’s not a child crawling around at my feet but there are so man things demanding my time. Carving out this space for myself – every morning when I could so totally be sleeping – or in the evening when I could be reading or sleeping – is important, and so very, very hard many days.
Do you have any tips for organization or keeping prioritization of your tasks? What were some of our favorite reads this week? Hope there were some good ones! Share them with me in the comments because I’m always looking for something new to read.
Posts You May Have Missed This Week:
- Spider Lilies
- Baby Memorial Garden – *trigger warning for those who have suffered a miscarriage or who have experienced infant loss*
- Causeyville General Store