Are you sitting in front of a desk with a stack of books? Did you wait last minute and now your asking yourself, how could I possibly read through six chapters in one night? Have no fear, I’m here to help. Take a deep breath and grab a snack because there’s a faster way to read. It’s simple, as Lifehacker suggests, “Read faster by looking at the words in the middle of sentences.”
For all you Snapchat fanatics, I’m passing on some practical ways to use the app. For those that don’t know what Snapchat is, it’s an app that allows you to send pictures and messages to your friends that will obliterate in 10 seconds or less, pretty cool. Check out “5 ways to use Snapchat” from Ragan.com and discover fun and useful ways to use the application. By the way, remember absolute privacy is fictional.
Is the ringing silence of your solitude slowly suffocating you? Or perhaps the deafening bass of your courteous neighbors is not quite your taste? No matter! With Coffitivity, you can experience the calm commotion and soothing hum of conversation in a coffee shop without the temptation of over-priced caffeine. Get your projects done with fewer distractions. Or maybe you’re training to be a hipster and you want to immerse yourself in the coffee shop culture – I don’t judge. Enjoy a variety of environments for all your creative needs at coffitivity.com.
Terribleminds.com is one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers of 2011 as dubbed by Writer’s Digest. The website is run by Chuck Wendig, an eccentric novelist and blogger with a penchant for extended metaphors that go on for days and you’re left scanning the pages wondering when it will ever end and yet, understanding what he means completely and thoroughly enjoying his unusual diction to help get you there. However, he’s not just a master wordsmith. I first stumbled upon him whilst looking for writing advice. He’s written a plethora of tips and advice books for writers and he even admits to not following his own advice sometimes (he doesn’t take himself too seriously). His published books include 250 Things You Should Know About Writing, 500 Ways to Tell A Better Story, 500 Ways to Be A Better Writer and then the sequel: 500 More Ways to Be A Better Writer.
Among these and many of his blog posts, he reminds us that in order to be a writer, you must actually write. Brilliant stuff. But seriously, this man cuts the crap and let’s you have it. He’s been around the writer’s block enough times to know the mistakes you shouldn’t make again and the mistakes that you will make again. He keeps his advice real brutal, leaving a slight copper taste in your mouth, but it’s definitely entertaining if you don’t take it too personally. Lest I forget, he also has free stories on his website for your reading pleasure. I think that’s reason enough to go check him out at terribleminds.com.
Did you know that the genius idea for the television show Firefly came from devouring a detailed account of the Battle of Gettysburg? (Don’t worry: you don’t have to read it to understand the show.) In between the many Marvel-ous productions he’s been working on, Joss Whedon decided to give the rest of us a few tips. If you host Shakespeare readings regularly and eat copious amount of chocolate – you’re already ahead of most people. To find out what Joss Whedon really said, check out the article on Fast Company.
So you think you can talk and listen at the same time? Wrong. Walking and writing? Possibly. This is probably because these activities use different parts of the brain. Some people are able to multitask by exercising and working at the same; unfortunately, that isn’t the case for everyone. Some people might become more stressed or have motion sickness or simply can’t concentrate enough to do both tasks well. Of course, this all depends on your work and exercise habits. Head over to Lifehacker to read more – walk, don’t run.
If your desk is covered in sticky notes scribbled with half thoughts and jotted bullet points on random pieces of paper, you’re just like me. I prefer to physically write down my grocery lists, to-do lists, goals for the week or year, things to remember, books to read, facts to check, etc. I need the tangible evidence of my looming tasks and the pure satisfaction of crossing them off for good. The Bullet Journal Method takes our messy, tedious, long-lost lists on numerous scraps of paper and creates a neat way to keep track of all your tasks.No more scrambling to find that one Post-It with that important tidbit on it or mourning the lost list of all your life goals, doodles scratched wistfully into the margins.
Start with monthly goals: book club doesn’t start until the 10th, complete that video project, attend your cousin’s wedding. Divide and organize your entries into tasks (video project), notes (book club), and events (wedding) with their respective check boxes, bullet points, and circles. Check off completed tasks and carry over entries that go unfinished to the next month. Simple. Straight-forward. The colorful stacks of paper mounds end here. Productivity begins here.
Read more about this unique method at Lifehacker.
Any tech-savvy person loves a good shortcut or tip that saves them time – I know I do. You can play around with tools such as Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator for years and still not scratch the surface of their capabilities. From simple tips on resizing images and saving them for the web to quick formatting with style sheets, maybe after all that you can create an Artboard for your Photoshop club too. Impress your friends with your new skills after you check out these tips on Creative Bloq.