Time Saving Tips - Especially for the At Home Worker

Posted on 23.10.14

I came across this post this week on saving time

I'm a guilty as all f*#k time waster, and I hate it. I really really really want to change this because I feel I could be so much more productive. But you know how everything seems like such a process when it comes to saving time? I wrote a while back on things I do to be more productive working from home, but I feel like I still get caught in a fret and having a system sometimes may not be the best thing ALL the time. 

Pomodoros, do everything in 10 minute task cycles, use post its, don't read your email all day (people who say this don't have clients like mine, clearly),  etc. et al. 

What I liked about this article was that there are 101 things to do to stop wasting time, and a lot of them are really simple! So I'm going to try to do about 5 at a time to see if I can get anywhere. Try not to be as ambitious as I usually am with my self help goals. 

Here are my first 4, each having to do with one aspect related to home office life: 

Kitchen: "Make soup. Freeze it. Use it for lunches. ‘Nuff said." 

I like this because it takes the planning away from lunches for me every day. And it's not every day I have leftovers from dinner or a lunch meeting, or time to cook something healthy and hearty! Plus, I love soup. 

Computer: "Make use of email templates – keep a copy of any common emails you send (the ‘want to have dinner Friday night?’ email, the ‘yes we’re available on X date’ email – any email you find yourself sending more than once a week, keep a copy of it in your email provider and make use of the ol’ copy paste function!

With my travel business, I feel like I send the same email, over and over again! I use Canned Responses for email templates, but haven't used it enough! 

Organizational: Check the forecast the night before so you’re prepared. That way, you won’t be scrambling around for an umbrella or surprised that it’s raining.

I suck at this. 

Productivity:  Say NO to unnecessary crazy. Of course, it’s important to help out at the kids’ preschool and volunteer for the school fete, but you can’t do everything. Say no more often than you say yes and find other ways to give back (financial, baked goods, car pooling).

This is something I really really really need to work on. I already am trying, but it's so much easier to say "Sure, I can help!" *sigh. 

Some things I already do on the list: 

Kitchen: BUY A RICE COOKER. It's my favorite kitchen appliance. 

Computer: Unsubscribe from email lists you don't read. Or use Unroll.me

Organizational: Next time you’re coming home from a weekend away, don’t unpack your toiletry bag. Instead, buy doubles of anything you need (and that’s not perishable) – tooth brush, paste, bar of soap, wash cloth, loofah, shower cap, hair brush, deodorant. I love that I can just pop my toiletries bag right in my luggage. Just don't forget to refill! 

Productivity: Don’t waste your commute. If you take public transport, write that book you’ve been dreaming about. If you drive, listen to an audio book. If you bike ride, well good on you, you’re also exercising! Hello Kindle! <3 i="">

What do you do to save time? 


What do Lindsay Lohan and Danny Glover Have in Common This Week?


They've both publicly supported Brazilian candidates in our presidential elections. Lindsay Lohan tweeted this week she's supporting Aécio Neves. The tweet was an endorsement from Hollywood TV, and was deleted shortly afterwards, but some of my friends tweeted about this as well:

I must say this was my favorite of all the ones I've seen though:

Naomi Campbell was also involved in the same endorsement campaign as Lindsay Lohan, but we'll focus on Lindsay because she's easier to make fun of (and the fact both she and Aécio are cocaine users, just makes it more interesting overall).

As for Danny Glover, he's more of a Dilma fan:

Tom Morello, from Rage Against the Machine has also supported Dilma

With all of this, lists of other celebrities and who they're supporting, this time Brazilian, were published, and the big debate in all this is: Does it matter?

I think it does. And a lot. Aécio Neves' Facebook fan page is filled with celebrity endorsements in his posts - and for a reason! In the US the same thing happens where you'll see celebrities showing their support or even making donations to support certain candidates. In the UK, with the Scottish referendum, you had celebrities voicing their opinions as well!

What's interesting though with the foreign celebrities, is - these are people who have nothing to gain or lose with the Brazilian elections. The Brazilian artists publicizing their votes is one thing, and that'll certainly make a difference in the elections, considering some of these celebrities have a massive social media following, and a lot of young voters are certainly influenced by the media.

This means these elections are different than elections in the past - the rest of the world is worried about/concerned with/interested in Brazil like never before.

And with good reason. These elections have been much more exciting than the others I've experienced. Although my vote will still be a non-vote, it's been interesting to see my friends and family challenging each other to vote one way or the other, and watching or reading about the debates. Most people are still voting for whomever they're general social circle is voting for (which I would find to be the same in the US amongst those who I know vote there), but many others are consistent and correct in their rationale for their votes.

What's even better for me, I think, is seeing "normal people" supporting each candidate, and this having an influence.

Like these guys:

The results of the elections, #imho, won't really help or hinder Brazil significantly, but one thing's for certain, we're on the right path to gaining more information, and political education in this country. I hope this will only get better!

If you want to read more on Brazilian elections in a more thorough context, I suggest reading my friend Rachel's blog! Foreign Policy also has some good coverage if you're keen :-)


Running, Finally, Until I Get Run Over.

Posted on 22.10.14

I know, I've been slacking. So I'm going to write a series of shorter posts over the next few days. 

Today's is to vent about being a runner in the city. Since last week, I've quite literally been running from my house to G's, twice a week, which is a little over 10 km. He usually meets me a little under halfway and we run the rest together. I've walked some of the way, obviously, but it's been great to see how in just a few runs I've started running more than walking and am really excited to keep it up!

The only thing that frustrates me about these runs, and I know I won't get rid of this anytime soon, running on roads, is... F'ing CARS. 

It frustrates me so much that they can get away with running red lights and almost running me over because I clearly should have waited for them to pass by when the light's red and I'm on the cross walk, right? Hmm.

Or when I start to run across a cross walk and a motorcyle honks at the car "letting" us pass by, and so we need to stop so the honking will stop...

I know running on roads means having to deal with cars and stopping along the way. It just frustrates me so much that in a single run I have to deal with so many assholes trying to get home from work. Listen, I'm RUNNING to dinner, jerk! You can stop for 5 seconds. 

On that note, I've decided I'm going to start to carry a handfull of small rocks to throw at windshields of drivers who happen to get away with driving carelessly/almost run me over when I have the right of way. Fixing that window will certainly cost less than a life, and may make you think a little about the way you drive (and that there are spiteful runners on the road)

You have been warned.