5 Tips To Help You Be More Productive… Tomorrow

5 tips to help you be more productive...tomorrow


Daydream.



Research shows that creative people daydream more often. We’ve been told since we were little to pay attention, and stop day dreaming. But research suggests that it’s actually a big part of the creative process. Ever have an idea pop into your head out of nowhere while you’re grocery shopping, or walking the dog? Daydreaming can serve as a sort of incubation period for ideas that you didn’t even know your brain was forming!


2. Just Be.



Solitude is not a problem for me- I’m a happy introvert, and love time alone. But for some people, being alone for too long can cause those anxious feelings of “missing out”. If you find yourself bored, uninspired, with nothing to do- practice just being alone. This kind of goes back to the day-dreaming tip. Sometimes you need time to let your mind wander instead of jumping from one person to the next looking for entertainment in them. Slow down and enjoy your own company.


3. Accept that tomorrow is another day.



Maybe you’ve been alone day-dreaming all day, and you’re like, yeah? Now what? I want to do something productive today! Then get up and do something!



Here’s a list of things to get up and do right now:


  • Do 10 jumping jacks
  • Take your dog for a walk
  • Teach your dog a new trick
  • Go buy a dog
  • Go take pictures of weird places in your town
  • Call a friend and get ice cream during a snowstorm
  • Call a friend, go to the bar, and day drink
  • Write your SO a love note
  • Buy some fresh flowers and photograph them
  • Look up the meaning of flowers that you bought
  • Make some jewelry
  • Knit a coffee cup cozy
  • Go to Starbucks and use your new coffee cup cozy
  • Learn to do a new type of art
  • Take a skillshare or Craftsy class
  • Scrub your microwave- then call a friend to go to the bar and day drink

  • You get the idea…. there are always things to do



But, if in your heart you know that it’s just not going to happen today no matter what the internet tells you about being productive, then just take a damn nap. Tomorrow will happen and it will be awesome. Don’t worry.



Days like these happen to me a lot, and about 2 years ago I started to notice the pattern. These days always occur for me on rainy or cloudy days. On gray days I am sleepy, wistful, and fuzzy minded. Living in Ohio where we see only about 68-100 sunny days a year, this becomes a real problem, but identifying that pattern has helped me get over it (most days). Try to look at patterns that make you fuzzy- did you just eat a whole mess of Taco Bell? Maybe that’s why you feel like shit? (not judging here- I love a Nachos Bell Grande every now and again) Or maybe it’s just cloudy outside. You can’t control the weather, and yes, sometimes you can control your reaction to it. But if you just can’t today, then put your PJ’s on and read a book, blog, or take a nap. Your brain can do some great things while you sleep.


4. Soak up inspiration from the comfort of your couch. 



Start organizing your ideas for tomorrow. Make a pinterest board, make a list of blog posts you want to write, make a list of things you have to do around the house, make a grocery list with ingredients of recipes from your pinterest board. Even if the only thing on your list for tomorrow is “Make a list” then you will feel more comfortable letting go for the day, and probably wake up tomorrow ready to fill that list with all of your awesome ideas. I promise they’re in there- just not today!


5. Read blog post after blog post about how to get inspired, and be productive.



No- seriously. It might not kick in today, but you will find some information that you can use later. Even if you’re not exactly in gung-ho work mode, your brain can still soak up information. Basically, our brains aren’t meant to work on our schedule all the time. They require some down time now and again.



This post is not meant to inspire you- today. It’s meant to tell you that it’s ok not to be inspired sometimes.  It doesn’t mean that your brain is broken, or that you aren’t as creative as those who you admire. We all have these days, some people just don’t talk about it. Creativity requires a lot, and sometimes our brains just aren’t up to the task on a particular day. If you find yourself experiencing days like this very often, it might be a good idea to make some further assessments about things in your life that could be causing this fuzziess. But if it’s just one of those days where you’re just not feelin it, don’t beat yourself up. Take a nap, walk the dog, watch Downton Abbey. Today’s downtime can be tomorrow’s breakthrough.


Chalkboard Nails!

Happy Monday!

chalkboard nails!

I got some really cool nail polish stocking stuffers for Christmas, and I’ve been trying them out recently. After a few trial and errors, I finally have one that’s blog worthy! I thought the chalkboard texture would be unpleasant on my nails (the texture of a chalkboard or chalk is one of those things that gives me a creepy, crawly, goose-bumpy feeling. Other things that give me that feeling: pages of an old book rubbing together, and people who bite into popcicles). The texture is nice and smooth though and I love the matte black look of the polish. I found the brush that came along with the white polish wasn’t really thin enough to do any detailed work, but I just bought one of those nail brush kits from CVS so I gave that a try too.

I did a simple heart on my left hand, and decided to quit while I was ahead. I didn’t even attempt the right hand, why ruin a good thing? I hope you’re enjoying your Monday as much as I’m enjoying this DIY mani! Have you tried out any cool nail art lately?

super easy chalkboard manicure

 

Snail Mail Collective

@snailmailcollective

I want to tell you about a really cool thing I recently participated in in the “blogosphere” (promise that’s the last time I’ll say blogosphere). It’s called the Snail Mail Collective. You may have already heard of it, it’s spreading like wildfire across the blogosphere. Oops- I said it again! Every month, you can sign up to be paired with another blogger as a sort of “pen pal”. They try to pair everyone with someone from a different country or region than you. Over the period of 2 weeks, you get to know them through their blog, emailing, and any other social networky thingys you’re tuned into.  Then the fun part- you send each other a small gift and a postcard! The gift is valued at $5 to keep it affordable, and doable for everyone! It is so much fun to get to know a complete stranger from another part of the world, and then send them something you think they will like!

I was paired with Holly who blogs over at English Girl Canadian Man. Holly, like me, likes to craft, knit, and live a calm, quiet life. I love reading her blog and keeping up with her experiences as an English girl, living in Canada! She sent me the best gift- it was so unique and captured my personality so well! I mean, every girl likes bath products so that was a total win- and the scent she got me was so yummy! She also made me such a thoughtful necklace, and it came packaged in a hand knit drawstring bag which I will be learning how to do ASAP! Great holiday wrapping idea!

It felt so cool to receive something handmade- and I’ve gotten compliments on the necklace every time I wear it. She got the sea glass from a local beach and the leaf from her yard. I literally have a really cute piece of Canada around my neck as I write this post. If you want to sign up for the Snail Mail Collective, you should! You can find more info about it at one of my favorite blogs: The Nectar Collective.

@snailmailcollective

 

I received Holly’s gift and knew I wanted to give her something handmade as well. I knitted up this chunky turban style headband, (free pattern coming soon!) and gave her these friendship bracelets that I made a while back. I’ve had no one to give them to, not for lack of friends, but they just don’t match any of my friends’ style. I have my own matching set in gold.

@snailmailcollective

@snailmailcollective

 

I will definitely be participating in The Snail Mail Collective again- probably after the holidays. I am just really bad about getting to the post office (which is 3 minutes away from my house. Nope that’s not a typo, it’s 3 minutes away. Why is it so hard for me to get there? I don’t know. I guess I just hate the post office?) so I don’t want to commit to anything until all the holiday hustling is over with.