Tag: habits

5 Ways to Support Authors (That Don’t Cost Anything)

In our Amazon-ified world, being a book lover (or a book writer!) can be disheartening. Every few months, it seems, Amazon announces new measures that allow it to further undercut the authors and publishers of books on its website. How can we support authors and their publishers to ensure their books keep getting published? Here…
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5 Things I Do at the Beginning of Every Year

In her book Happier than Before, Gretchen Rubin discusses the strategy of new beginnings as a way to set ourselves up for success in starting or maintaining good habits. According to this rationale, new beginnings (like a new job, new school year, or move to a new house) meaningfully interrupt old routines and thus provide an…
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new year's resolutions, professional editing, goals

“18 for 2018”: How to Happy-fy Your New Year’s Resolutions

Do you like to make new year’s resolutions? In their recent episode of Happier, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft proposed–as an alternative to ordinary resolutions–making a happier project out of 18 things for 2018. In other words, make a list of 18 new things you could do during 2018 that would “spark joy,” to use…
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My 3 Time-Management Tweaks

I recently got to be on a panel at the monthly program for Editors Toronto, the local branch of the national editing association in Canada (Editors Canada). The topic was how to manage time as busy editors. In my talk, I shared three of the most useful tweaks I apply to time-management in my own…
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Are You a Starter or a Finisher?

Last week, I held a Facebook Live on the Writer’s Loom Facebook page. I focused on a question that’s important for writers to discern about themselves: are you a “starter” or a “finisher”? Do you gravitate toward beginning writing projects or concluding them? (See video below.) Before I explain this in greater detail, let’s back up.…
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Better Mornings than Before

Monday marked the start of an intentional plan to revamp my morning routine. It all started when a friend and I started reading through Gretchen Rubin’s Better than Before, a perceptive exploration of the art of changing and mastering habits. What sets Rubin’s book apart from other works I’ve read on the topic is she…
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The Art of Apprehension

Now that you’ve read the title of this post, you probably think I’m going to be talking about worry. Anxiety. “Apprehension.” And how to make something beautiful out of it. Come to think of it, that would make a really good post. Or poem. And given the degree to which I do stress about things,…
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