Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Time to declutter












I don’t know about you, but I find that life is hard enough. So, if possible, I prefer other aspects of my life to be as easy as possible. Lately I’ve been decluttering my life. This includes my online activities. If I feel overwhelmed, it makes me anxious, which then leads to me having a depression episode. So, I have to keep things as stress-free as possible.


So here is what I'm doing:

- I found that I’ve subscribed to dozens of newsletters, but most I don’t read. Honestly, there are only a handful of those newsletters I actually find helpful. So, I unsubscribed from those I feel is just junk-mail basically. I know it’s not for me, when someone tries to sell me something on a regular basis. I want to freelance, so I subscribed to tons of newsletters that promised to help me make it work. Needless to say, most weren’t helpful. And yes, I fell for the sales pitch:)


- There are also tons of apps promising to help you organize your work and life. Well, all the sites recommended Evernote. I tried it. I wanted to pull my hair out. At the end of last year I discovered OneNote on my computer. (Yes, I had it on my computer, as it came free with my operating system). I tried it and found it easy to work with. It suited me perfectly as I could still use all the info offline. But all the techie sites promised Evernote is the better way to go. So, I abandoned OneNote for Evernote. Regretted it almost immediately.

So, for me, OneNote is awesome. I have a folder that contains pictures that inspire certain scenes in my book. Yep, I use Pinterest too, but when I’m writing, I don’t want to keep going on the internet, so I just open OneNote and keep it in the background if I need to remind myself what certain places in my novel looks like, I can take a look without being distracted.

*Keep in mind, I found above mentioned pictures online, so I don’t have copyrights to them or anything. I don’t use it in any other way than as an inspiration wall (document) for my own personal motivation, not for public use in any way. For my eyes only. So please, don’t use other people’s pictures on your blog or for commercial use without the creator’s permission.




 - Always be aware of how much you are taking on. Writing, and blogging, paired with keeping my social media current, is already more than I can handle. There was a time when I could’ve juggled three or four things at the same time. That time has come and bounced away like a crazy rabbit. So, it might sound selfish, but these days I’m only focusing on projects that are for me, or my writing.
 



- One thing that I love is attending webinars. It is fun, and sometimes informative. But do you know what? Most of them don’t really offer a whole lot of info. They give you tiny bits of pieces of info, but you never see the bigger picture, as you have to buy a course from them in order to get the info you’ve basically waited 45 minutes for. I like free stuff. Sorry. I guess I’m just cheap like that. So, just be careful which webinars you sign up for.

Anything by Joanna Penn, or The Alliance for Independent Authors, and I’m there. I follow both their blogs and newsletters. I’ve attended previous webinars by both, and I know they won’t waste my time. 

*I do understand that the webinar hosts need to make a living. But these days my time is precious, so I can’t spend 45 minutes having someone tell me why I should buy their course. Which is usually expensive, and I'm always broke:)
  
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If I ever have info that I think is relevant, or could help someone else, I’ll share it. I like to think of it as adding some positivity to the world. I don’t know about you, but the world can sure do with more positivity. 

**So having said that, if you’re a writer, there is an online event coming up in March. It’s called the indie Author Fringe. You can sign up to attend for free HERE.

I know many of you are traditionally published and you’re probably sick of hearing about all things self-publishing, or Indie. But, many of these online events are relevant for you as well, as it doesn’t matter how we’re published, we all have to deal with marketing, writing and such things. You never know what info you might find useful, no matter what your career path.

Do any of you have more tips on how we can declutter our life?

20 comments :

  1. I know what you mean about newsletter. I'm the world's worst at signing up for every newsletter knowing I probably would read half of them but at the time I think maybe this time will be different. I've never really tried Evernote. I downloaded it once but never got around to using it. I have used OneNote a few times and found it useful. With so much going on in our lives we need to find ways to declutter almost daily.

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    1. Agreed. I hope you enjoy Evernote. Anything that simplifies life is worth a try, right? Thanks for the visit;)

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  2. If you saw my office...you would never have asked me about decluttering. :)

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    1. Truth be told, there's a ton of crap on my desk as I'm typing this. I should probably do something about that:)

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  3. Regarding social media, I decided to stick with my blog and Goodreads. I plan to do more on Goodreads but I'm not joining Twitter or anything else anytime soon. I considered it but decided to spend more time offline. :)

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    1. Smart choice. I need to learn more about Goodreads. I don't think I'm making the most of it. I do wish to spend more time offline as well.

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  4. Hi Murees - life just adds to the clutter ... but that is life - I'm determined to use Evernote very shortly - as I need to get rid of some paper! But well done on getting rid of the stuff you don't use ... cheers for now - Hilary

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    1. Thank you, Hilary. Hope you do enjoy Evernote. A lot of people love it.

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  5. One tip I learned was from someone else: that is, focus on the things that need to be done sooner, and then tackle the other stuff after that, rather than try to multi-task and try to get everything done at once. It makes it easier to just concentrate on one item, and I've found that usually most things aren't due at the same time anyway.

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    1. Wise words, NW. I agree. I tend to want to finish everything as soon as possible. I must learn to put certain things aside and finish the most important first. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I get newsletters I didn't even sign up for.
    I'll literally declutter by going through my stuff and chucking what I no longer use or want to hang onto. I think I have the level down to just above sparse in my office now and I like it.

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    1. I like the idea of sparse. It would make things so much easier;) I hate when I get emails for things I didn't sign up for. That's one way to be added to my spam folder.

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  7. Decluttering is a great idea. Unfortunately, at the moment, it's my HEAD that needs decluttering, so I'm not really sure where to start on that one :-)

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    1. Mine too. I'm looking into meditation, yoga and tai-chi. It is supposed to be good for people with depression.

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  8. I've been trying to declutter too. Starting with my house. I've also been unsubscribing to things. I hate it when I ignore my inbox for a day and end up with a hundred pieces of junk to delete.

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    1. My Inbox seems to always be full, no matter how many things I delete. But I am working on it. My room seriously needs decluttering too. But I keep thinking, what if I need this . . . or that next week? Thank you for popping by.

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  9. It's a bit of a cycle for me. I clear away everything I'm not using productively and it's wonderful. Then I sign up for this or download that or try the latest whatever until I'm drowning in "clutter", and I have to start all over again. Never fails.

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    1. Very true. I find myself doing that as well. It is a rather vicious cycle.

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  10. I am right there with you! I also have to regularly go in and unsubscribe from email newsletter and lists that promise to help me grow my business or expand my writing. Although I'm going to check out those two that you recommend here.

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Jennifer. I hope you find them as useful as I have.

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