NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month, is a great idea. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel throughout November, and the website offers help, forums, tips and encouragement to help you (over 200,000 people participated in 2010). The reason I like the idea of NaNoWriMo is it encourages people to approach the challenge of book writing by breaking it down into bitesize chunks – one of my favorite productivity tips. 50,000 words in a month sounds like a lot, but 1500+ words a day for 30 days is a whole different proposition.
I started writing a novel over a year ago (it’s ended up being 100,000 words and it’s on its third draft currently), and while it wasn’t part of NaNoWriMo, I learned a few things from the practice of writing X amount of words per day that might be helpful to anybody currently spending November burning up their keyboard. Hope it helps!
This is a guest post by Kalen Smith of Money File.
Looking for work can be expensive. The job search process requires you to spend money on transportation, networking, mailing resumes and joining groups. The problem is, when you are unemployed you need to be especially careful with your money. The last thing you want to do is go broke trying to get a job. While looking for work, it is especially important that you setup a budget. Here are some things you need to consider:
Restaurant vouchers, special offers on hotel stays, grocery coupons, and just generally saving money through hot internet deals… It seems to be all the rage at the moment. Extreme couponing is covered in the news, sites like Groupon have a huge buzz around them, and with the dire economic state at the moment, every business seems to be promoting one deal after another. 3-for-2! Buy one, get one free! 10% off!!! It’s all tempting, and the potential savings to be made can be huge, no doubt about it. 2-for-1 on my favorite fruit bars? I think I will have a dozen please!
Hello everybody, it’s been a while since I updated Organize IT (the full explanation of why can be found in the previous post). I’m not planning on making a full-time return, but despite being away I’ve still had thoughts and ideas for posts and it seemed a shame not to publish some of them.
In productivity circles a lot has changed since I last posted an update. Many regular readers will remember how I favored good ol’ fashioned pen and paper. Well guess what? I ditched the desktop for a laptop and invested in a decent smartphone, having relied on other people’s castoff phones for years. I still use a notepad for the occasional brainstorm and doodle, but fundamentally my system is now tech-based and portable.
As you may have guessed by my extended absence over the last couple of months, I have been taking a break from Organize IT. It turned out to be a refreshing change not having to deal with doing a regular post or contend with the daily maintenance cycle that a three-year old blog has….