My brain is too fried from counting Excel cells to write an essay right now. Instead, I have a motley mix of things to cover today.
First, I’m writing a column about young people who take a gap year between high school and college. I need to talk to some people who’ve done this. If you took a gap year, or know a young person who did and would be willing to be interviewed about it, I welcome referrals. As always, I can be reached at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com.
Second, I have a few links to some recent Fast Company pieces: “Yes, you do have time to mentor — here’s how to make the most of it,” with advice from Laurie Glimcher, dean of the Weill Cornell Medical College, and also “5 things your favorite high school teacher taught you about leading a great meeting.“
Third, James Chartrand of Damn Fine Words produced a (free) worksheet on how to make time to write, based on a phone interview the two of us did. Click on this link for the worksheet. There’s a link to the interview in there too. And since James is a much better marketing copywriter than I am, I’ll just include Chartrand’s description:
- How to find time to write when your schedule is so packed, it’s spilling over
- Do people really have all the time they need to do the things they love?
- The tricks Laura uses to find time to balance life and write her own books
- The best (and worst!) times of the day to write and be creative
- Laura’s top technique to get work you hate out of the way fast
- Tricks to shave hours off your week so you can free up time to write
- Whether Laura ever hates her own schedule – and what she does about it
- Valuable insider secrets you can use to create the time you need… like magic!
- Time challenges you’ll face while writing, and what to do about them.
Whew! I want my own advice! 🙂
And today’s final item: I got up at 6 a.m. again today, so that’s three days in a row. I’m continuing to make progress. One thing I will say is that it’s not that easy to get to sleep around 10:30/11. Not so much because I’m doing other things, but because I’m not that tired. Body clocks don’t change that easily, and I know that I’m not a natural morning person. If I don’t get to sleep by 11 I definitely will be tired at 6, and the day will not go as well as I want. It’s definitely taking me longer to drift off than if I went to bed around midnight. Has anyone else found this with a shifted schedule?