For anyone residing in the UK, or knowing someone who does, Barnes & Noble just announced that the NOOK is now available there. This means that Amazon’s Kindle is no longer the “only” option for e-readers in the UK. I’m pleased that all my e-books should now be available to NOOK owners as well.
And, I’ve been interviewed by author Terry Ambrose at Examiner.com
Thanksgiving is behind us, along with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Did I go shopping? Not physically. I saw no reason to drive all the way down the mountain to fight crowds. I did find one deal on line Monday—drastically reduced airfares, so I bought a ticket to visit my parents in January? Are you “go to the mall” people, “on line” people, or do you just ignore the hype? I fall into the last category myself, but I tend to be an online shopper—mostly because there just aren’t any stores up here. And, our holiday comes early this year—starts the night of December 8th, so getting my shopping done early was a must. (And if kids or Hubster are reading this, no, I’m not going to tell you what I bought for you.)
Holidays can create wrinkles for routines. How do you deal with writing (or any other workload) when there are so many other demands made during a holiday season? For many of us, the burden of cooking, preparing for guests, or travel to visit family, shopping, and everything else that isn’t part of a daily routine falls on our shoulders.
Clearly, delegating some of these tasks to others whenever possible can help. So can prioritizing. And list making. My new computer comes with a cute “sticky notes” app, so I can put virtual sticky notes on my monitor where they remind me what needs to be done.
Ultimately, you have to decide how to get everything done. Some things that you might consider:
Limiting Internet time. Turn off any notification sounds or pop ups and set your own time for checking email or visiting the social media sites. If you’re the sort who gets dragged in, set a timer.
Skipping television (if you’ve got a DVR, this should be a no-brainer)
Getting up an hour earlier, or staying up an hour later.
Knowing how long a task takes—is cleaning the kitchen really an all day affair? If you know you can do it in under 30 minutes, then you can take a ‘break’ and get it done. I find that if the writing is floundering, taking a 30 minute break to do housework often frees the brain and you’ll get over that stumbling block.
Now, I’ll confess that we’re very laid back here. It’s just me and Hubster, and he’s very supportive if I’m busy. We don’t decorate beyond our menorah and a few other simple bits and pieces. Our lakte get-together and gift exchange doesn’t require an extensive menu, and everyone’s willing to bring something for the table.
What ‘tricks’ can you share for keeping your cool during the holidays, and still getting your work done?
And, I’d still like some more “likes” on my new Author Page at Facebook.
Causes Terry Odell Supports
Pro Literacy Worldwide, The Nature Conservancy, The Adult Literacy League, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society