Category: Writing Challenges

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Two Simple Ways to Memorize Large Chunks of Information

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I’m going to be completely honest with you. I was 23 years old before I figured out how to memorize large chunks of information. It was a fast-paced job where the  complex protocols would change almost daily. While it was beyond frustrating, I  had no choice but to digest and process.

I digest and process information in two ways:

1. Shorthand

Working in a face-paced environment doesn’t allow you to write in full sentences. By the time I write a full sentence, I’ve forgotten the information. I use a system of words, numbers, and symbols that allow me to retain large chunks of information. This works as long as I write legibly…which doesn’t always happen.

2. Repetition

In the event shorthand is not an option…repeat, repeat, repeat. That’s right. I will walk around the office and/or my house repeating information until I’m able to write it down. What’s funny is when I use repetition, I use shorthand as well. I can’t repeat an entire paragraph repeatedly, but I will break the paragraph up and only repeat what’s important.

There it is. Simple and highly effective. What memory devices do you use to memorize large chunks of information?

 

 

Keeping My To-Do List Organized

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Between my full-time job and this blog, time management is crucial. Having to-do lists help me to organize my tasks not only by importance, but also the amount of time it takes to complete each task.  Even on my lazy days, there’s always something I can check off that damn list.

I wanted to share a few tools that I use to keep me organized.

1. Evernote

I discovered the awesomeness that is Evernote last year. Why it took me so long is beyond me. I love that Evernote works not only on the web, my also on my cell, laptop, and tablet. I manage my to-do lists, and keep blogging/writing tips, blog post/short story/essay ideas. Oh, and Evernote Web Clipper is a blessing! I have it installed as a Google Chrome extension and use it to clip webpages for future use. Saves me a lot of money on printer ink.

2. Google Calendar

Life happens. I wouldn’t be able to keep up with appointments, social events, birthdays, etc if it wasn’t for Google Calendar. Like Evernote, Google Calendar works across multiple platforms. You can also create different calendars within (e.g. blogging, social, etc).

3. Physical Planner (For Writing Only)

I have a physical planner that I use for writing only. When participating in writing challenges, I like to plan posts at least a week ahead of time. I also use it to notate deadlines for writing contests and blog maintenance tasks. There’s something about using pen and paper that’s soothing in a world where a keyboard has slowly become the norm.

What tools do you use to keep yourself organized? Are you totally technology-based, pen & paper only, or both?

NaBloPoMo August 2014

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Mnemonic is the theme for NaBloPoMo August 2014. Since most of this blog is largely based on observations, I have to be careful when it comes to how I document the observations that later become blog posts. I’ve lost so many possible blog posts that were initially flashes of inspiration.

I’m pretty excited to spend this month discussing memories. Have pen and paper  and/or electronic device(s) ready folks. You may want to take notes.

How Writing About Self Taught Me About Myself

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Spending the last month writing about myself taught me quite a bit. To wrap up this month’s NaBloPoMo, I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned this month..

 

1. There’s nothing wrong with being an introvert.

2. Confidence is the key to success.

3. Conformity isn’t a necessity.

4. My thoughts/ideas are valid.

5. Peace of mind is invaluable.

 

So tell me, what have you learned about yourself lately? Let’s discuss in the comments!

An Introvert’s Confidant

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A diary is an introvert’s confidant.

I was an 18 year old college freshman when I started my first diary. When I renewed my subscription to Seventeen magazine (don’t judge me), I got this really cute gold notebook.

From that moment on, I’ve had several diaries. They’ve been the keeper of my secrets, fears, dreams, failures, etc. Diaries are my confidant when my introversion prevents me from opening up to others.

What are your thoughts on diaries?

Soothing Quiet

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When I’m constantly interacting with people, I find myself socially exhausted. Time is needed to recharge, preferably with an adult beverage.

If given the choice, I would love to spend the majority of my time alone at home. Being alone with my thoughts is soothing.

Please don’t confuse my desire to be alone with being lonely. They are two totally different things.

What are your thoughts on alone time? Love it? Need it? Hate it? Indifferent?

Sarcasm Anyone?

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It would be easy to say that humor is my favorite personality trait but everyone thinks their funny. What everyone isn’t, however, is sarcastic.

I silently laugh when I make a joke laced with sarcasm and I see that confused look on someone’s face as they try to figure it out. It keeps me sane when I’m surrounded by stupid 8-10 hours a day.

So tell me, what is your favorite personality trait?

When A Theory is Just A Theory

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If I could change one thing about myself, I would be a patient person. Not to be confused with a more patient person; I would need to become a patient person first before I can ask for more patience.

Whew!

As I’ve gotten older, my level of patience has dwindled to nonexistent. I think a lot of it stems from years spent in high-productivity jobs. Can’t have the patience of Job when the clock is ticking and quotas have to be met.

Do it and do it now.

That’s my mantra. I don’t like to wait for people to do things, especially when I know I can do it in less time. I would be a liar if I said that I was working on it. Sounds good in theory but attempts to execute the theory would fail.

Sometimes a theory should remain just that, a theory.

Self Before Others

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I’ve sacrified so many of my wants and needs to focus on the wants and needs of others. I’ve done it my whole life. Putting myself first is a constant struggle.

That changes now.

By putting others first, I’m holding myself back by creating multiple delays on my journey to success. My altruistic ways negatively affected my health and that was my wake up call. I couldn’t continue to put myself last.

My wants and needs come first. I cannot be of help to others if I’m not my best self.