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After two years in the making, I have finally finished my new historical fiction e-book. It was a wonderful experience, a pleasant episode, and an educational journey. In short, I really enjoyed the whole process. I learned many new things, including about myself as a writer. And because of these revelations, I know what to do better the next time I started writing my next project.
Interestingly, Jack Milgram created an infographic about 20 Quirks & Strange Habits - The Weird Side of Famous Authors. Hey, whatever works, right?
According to personal success experts, people are successful because of their sincere desire to succeed and because they work at achieving their goals. It's not enough to desire, people have to really work at it. One concrete way of achieving our goals is to build good habits that bring us closer to achieving our objectives. We all have habits, but we have to be consciously careful that we are building the good ones, and also breaking the bad. A helpful tool for this is the Way of Life app.
Way of Life runs on both iOS and Android devices. It has a unique color coded system for ease of use. Users can list the good habits they wish to do more, and they can also list the bad habits they wish to do less and less. It also has a diary function for jotting down important notes. It only takes a few seconds a day to accomplish, and by the end of the week, users can look at charts that provide users information and trends. From there, they will know if they are moving as planned, or if they need to exert better effort, or change their approach.
To be boring is to be uninteresting. You don't want to be one, as a person and as a professional. However, the person you're talking with might think you are because of how you are choosing your words.
To help us look more sharp, witty, and bright, here is an infographic from Donna Norton about 28 Boring Words and what to use instead.
Transforming that idea into a reality involves more than creative wishful thinking. One of the essential steps is planning. It is the part where the drawing on the napkin gets bigger and begins to have more details. There are several tools to help people think about the necessary activities and resources. One of them is Tom's Planner.
Tom's Planner is an online project planning software. It is a Gantt chart on the cloud, where users can list down the details of their tasks, estimates, resources, costs, and schedules. It is easy to use, with drag-and-drop feature. Moreover, it allows a team of several members to have access to the same chart, without having to keep and update their own separate copies.
Tom's Planner has a free plan and also has paid plans. The free Personal plan allows a user to work on one project schedule. On the other hand, the Professional plan includes up to 20 project schedules at $119 annually, and $239 annually for the Unlimited plan, with unlimited project schedules. It includes many other features, such as templates, dependencies, filter and search, reports, and more.
Has it ever happened to you that a friend asked you "How was it?" to describe something - a book, a movie, a slice of pizza, or a smile - and when your response was "Good," there usually is a second confirming question, something like "It's that bad, huh?"
Nowadays, it seems the word 'good' is just not descriptive enough to describe something that is actually good, engaging, entertaining, delicious, or irresistible. Here is a very useful infographic by Jack Milgram, all 200 powerful words to use instead of 'good.' I hope you find using this a propitious opportunity in describing your next brilliant idea.
Everyone gets a brilliant idea from time to time. However, developing that idea into something more recognizable, say a business plan, involves focus, patience, and a lot of hard work. Fortunately, there are tools available that can help people create a written business plan that communicates a clear vision. One of them is Palo Alto Software's LivePlan.
LivePlan is an online business plan software that works for any type of business. It provides users a guided step-by-step process for starting their business. It does this by collecting data in sections. These include setting up the business, defining a strategy, and developing a "pitch," which is a great way to summarize a business strategy.
LivePlan has a lot of forms, templates, a library of sample plans, and more. The annual package starts at $11.66 per month billed on an annual basis. Users can try it for 60 days, and if not satisfied, they will get 100 percent refund. It is an easy way to build a business plan at half the time. Moreover, it has dashboards that will help monitor the health of the business even beyond the business planning stages.
It may come out of nowhere or we may have foreseen it when it was just starting. But no matter how they announce their arrival, problems are always unscheduled and unwelcome.
It can really, really be upsetting for someone who tries hard to do the right things, in the right way, and be responsible for every thing, only to be blindsided by a problem caused by another who seems to be and do the opposite. And it is even more frustrating when the person who brought the problem cannot do anything to solve it, but the problem's consequences affect more than that person, involving us and/or our loved ones.
We can feel trapped but forced to resolve the problem we have tried to avoid all our lives. Because some people make bad decisions, maybe because of ignorance or hardheadedness, we face unpleasant situations that could have been avoided if only people think and act like responsible people do.
At this time, it is very easy to get angry, blame people who cause and bring problems, and hold them responsible for as long as we like. However, this Lifehack article gives a very enlightening message about responsibility and blame. Losing our temper, saying hurtful things, and doing some retaliatory acts will never be good solutions.
Everyone messes up, at one time or another, including us, no matter how hard we try to do right. Five, maybe ten years from now, the problem caused by somebody else may be insignificant, and could have even resulted in some good. But broken relationships will be harder to repair. So, let us be more levelheaded, compassionate and forgiving.
But some may counter that we risk being taken advantaged of, people not really striving to be better, because they know that we will just be forgiving them, certainly there must be a limit to this! That may be true, but some things we can control, others we cannot. So, how many times will we forgive? Seven times? "No, not seven times..." (Mt 18:21) If the roles were reversed, how many times do we want another chance? Yes, every time.
When I heard about the attacks in Paris, I asked myself, "Will it ever end?" Then I found out that it was not only in France that attacks were made, but in other places in other countries as well. There are threats that more attacks will be carried on. I guess it will not be ending anytime soon.
Time. Theophrastus, the successor of Aristotle, called time an accident of motion. Events resulting from motion or movement are marked in time, so we remember them. But time, we know, is the reminder of our finiteness. Time does not care whether we are in motion or standing still. It watches us with indifference.
These threats and acts of violence are meant to instill fear in us, to make us afraid and subservient, to paralyse us. But if we become fearful, then their evil plans succeed. No.
They can and may continue with attacks, can and may hurt more people, us and our loved ones. But instead of hiding, being silent, or restricting ourselves, let us transform fear into alertness and awareness. The Tao Te Ching says, "Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe."
Time does not care whether we are in motion or standing still. Therefore, let us make our marks in time with acts of courage, bravery, gallantry in protecting our loved ones and helping those in need. Theophrastus also said, "Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend," so let us spend all of it in love of God and neighbour, in hope for justice and salvation, and in charity for our brothers and sisters in need, kin and foreigners alike. And when our time is up, we will gladly hear the words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant... Come and share your master's joy!"
Hi, I'm Joseph Saints. I am an engineer with 10 years combined experience in network engineering, system administration, and project management with the telecoms and IT industry. I am a fan of fantasy and science fiction books and movies. I also enjoy Japanese mecha anime, superhero comic books and movies, and martial arts films.