This is Part Two of my series “60 Travel Lessons From 60 Days On The Road”. This section covers our adventures in Morocco, Qatar, Nepal and India.
I first came across the gorgeous Sarah from Signed By Sez through Bright Eyed & Blog Hearted, a blogging e-course that we’re currently both taking.
After reading just one article, I fell in love with her blog. I think it was her witty writing, hilarious anecdotes and nailing it metaphors that drew me right on in.
I immediately knew she had to be a part of my Going Her Own Way interview series.
So grab yourself a cosy blanket, a cup of something delicious and devour Sarah’s honest, clever and all-round funny answers – I know I did.
Let’s clear one thing up right the get-go, shall we lovely one?
Productivity does not have to be about working harder – it’s about learning to work smarter.
When you learn to work smarter (and you bet sweet buns that it’s learnable!) everything just seems to flow - a little easier.
Work seems gentler. Things don’t take quite as much time as they usually do. And everything feels ‘on track’.
Sound pretty freaking great, right?
So, let’s dig down a little deeper into this productivity business, shall we? Here are some simple shifts to help you understand how to be more productive at home.
A mid-afternoon slumber.
A delicious, dreamy daze.
A gentle pause from the day-to-day.
Just like consuming a delicious morsel of chocolate, a siesta can be a sacred or sinful experience. It can be hidden away – beleaguered with guilt and shame – OR, lovingly embraced as a truly beautiful, soul-enriching experience.
Here’s a radical idea: let’s all take a note out of the Spanish playbook and start thinking about siestas differently – not as a guilty pleasure or an indulgent whim – but as a productive, essential time management technique.
Let’s change our language, shift our thinking and raise a delicate cup of chamomile tea to the empowering Spanish Siesta.
Ironically, I’ve sat down to write this post, a post all about how to more creative, what seems like a hundred times before.
And yet, still, the words just never seemed to flow.
They felt awkward. Stilted. A little too snug for my liking.
So eventually, instead of trying to uncreatively force a blog post all about how to be more creative, I just surrendered to my computer.
I simply trusted that the right words would arrive at the right time. I trusted the right keys would be tapped from underneath the right fingertips. I trusted the right message would permeate through the screen.
Because that’s the beautiful, yet heart-achingly frustrating, thing about creativity – it comes in waves.
But, what’s a gal to do if she’s feeling a little less Frida Cahlo and more falling flat creative? Here are some of my favourite ways to ramp up the creative spark when I’m feeling a little run dry.
It’s 3:30. Your eyes slowly fall closed, your head tilts awkwardly to one side, your shoulders droop. Your afternoon slump has begun – like clockwork – and all you want to do is tear into one of those Bounty bars sitting in the staffroom’s charity chocolate box.
But don’t reach for that energy-crashing bar of sugar j u s t yet – I’ve got 13 afternoon slump busters that are more likely to have you dancing on your desk than fighting off the doze come 3:30 tomorrow afternoon. Let’s bust that afternoon slump (yeiw!)!
Are you sick of your To Do List?
You know, the endless list of boring, uninspiring tasks that you mindlessly write out day after day?
Not too long ago, I was a slave to my never-ending To Do List.
Until one day I was freakin’ so fed up with my To Do List that I decided to ditch it (shock, horror, gasp!).