This is the first post since I’ve spruced up things around my website (thank you, Debbie, for that!). Much more mobile friendly, so reading on your devices’ll be easier. And comments!! Comments are back if you ever feel like stopping into say hi this is easier than ever. Another cool thing that’s gotten me thoroughly motivated to spend more time on ye old blogge, my newsletter, and on my other favorite socials is the help of Meighan O’Toole’s creative online strategy. Among so many helpful tips and shortcuts, we’ve constructed an editorial calendar, content buckets, and sorted out my boundaries for what goes online and what is better offline. This is something I’ve been meaning to do forever, and hiring someone like Meighan is the best way to affect change for me. I’m not one of those people who can read an instructional blog post from my feed and reliably expect to experience any last effect from it. If you are, tell me all your secrets so I can learn your baller ways!
Anyway, the goal for now is 1-2 blog posts per week and I’ve committed to publishing a newsletter every 3rd Thursday of the month. Why then? Well, no day is going to be ideal honestly so this is an educated guess that just has to be adhered to. Studies do show that open rates for newsletters are highest on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Fridays. So, that’s the plan.
Enough with the housekeeping, eh? As for the actual content today, how about a playlist?! A couple years ago I got really into the Pomodoro Technique for time management that has a huuuuge fanbase, but in short it’s essentially a timer that you set for yourself to block out other distractions for a set amount of time. Pomodoro says 20 minutes = 1 Pomodoro but that’s just not enough time for me to get anything more complicated than an email done. I find about 40 minutes is my sweet spot, and instead of waiting for a timer to go off, this comes with the benefit of funky beats, man.
Upbeat but not too frenetic is the pace I like to set when working. Gets me into a nice flow, sets a pace for a speed that feels breezy and efficient, but not so fast that it feels chaotic or stressful either.
This particular mix is hip-hop and electronic inspired, but variety is the spice of life so they say, so I’ve already got two more other playlists queued up for the next couple weeks if this isn’t your particular vibe today. This one is heavier on the electronic and is mostly free of lyrics if you’re averse to those when you work.
So? Thoughts? What are you listening to these days?