This list is more about getting to know me than it is advice for increasing your own productivity. That said, I still think you could learn from it... All work and no play is boring. Plain. Old. Boring. And, boredom equals burnout. I think it's important to keep a little fun in our work to help avoid the burnout we all experience from time to time. So, without further adieu, my three favorite productivity "tools"... 1. iTunes If you've been on this site for more than three minutes and you haven't guessed I like music, check your eyes. When I was growing up, homeschooled, my mother was constantly
The "Mommy Blogger" culture is huge right now. Many are mothers who blog for the sole purpose of friendship. They write about their daily lives in order to connect with other mothers, share with family, and have a place for them to vent, share their thoughts on parenting, and maybe exchange some recipes. Some of the widely read mom-blogs are contacted by PR who wish to get a little free advertising for a product. If this promotion benefits both the blogger and the company, I see no reason why a couple promotions a month would be out of line.
The more I'm around and associated with professionals, the more I think about my own title. Last week while attending the Ford 2010 Model Year Drive Event I found myself amidst professional writers from publications of all kinds. Blogs, Magazines, and Newspapers. Their name tags all said who they wrote for. Mine read: Erica Mueller. No Car and Driver, Edmonds, Colodaro Community Paper, Motor Sports, or other fancy title to announce my profession or affiliation.
What is going on with me? I sit down at the computer, I write articles to publish elsewhere, I network, I answer emails, but soon as I open this page to write I can't think of anything to blog about. I need to cover some more Ford stuff, but right now my entire front page of posts is about Ford. I need some in between stuff. haha This week I've done a little design work on a client site, I'm still trying to import another client's posts and comments from Blogger to Wordpress, and I've written two Ford related articles to submit to other sites. I wrote a few reviews to publish at Green-Parents.com and
As a stay at home/work at home mom of a 2 year old there are days when I feel like I just can't get things done. Constant interruptions make focusing very difficult. While I love my Lil Man dearly, and I wouldn't trade being able to stay home with him for anything, there are times when the 24/7 motherhood can be taxing. I litterally spend sun up to sun down with a 2 year old. This week I've had some major projects I needed to tackle, but they require focus. You know, things like math. I'm good at math, even mental math, but I can't add three single digit numbers together if I've got a 2 year old in