Sunday, December 17, 2017

#AMonthofFaves: Catching Up and Best Changes

Best Changes You Made To Tweak This Year #AMonthofFaves – best changes you made or routines you kept that to better organize your day / life; your = morning, evening or daily routines.


Free ranging...taste-testing books.
I've talked about it for a long time, and I've been a proponent, but I feel like I didn't ACTUALLY become a free range reader until this year. With so much trouble focusing, I really had to accept that some books will grab me, and I will finish those, and some books won't grab me, and they will slow down my reading mojo. I'm no stranger to DNF'ing. My latest victims: 
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
By nature, my Etsy shop takes a ton of time. Designing, printing, cutting, packing, and shipping stickers, bookmarks, and other goodies is quite a feat, especially with lots of grading to do from my other jobs. While I don't have a specific day-of-the-week-specific Etsy shop schedule, I have gotten much better at the process of working through the tasks associated with the shop. I have new releases a time or two per month, I run sales the same amount, and I've gotten a handle on processing orders: creating a pull list, printing in batches, cutting in batches, and packing/shipping in batches. Batches are the best. 


My desk might be a mess, but I have good overall organization going!

A big part of my organization this year has been working my planners. I still love my Erin Condren Life Planner in the vertical layout, and I keep most things in it...especially the monthly overview...in addition to the daily layouts. Occasionally, if I'm so overwhelmed with granualr detail that I can't include it in the EC, I will pop open an Evernote document and go right back to the Getthing Things Done productivity methods I brought into the mix back in 2016.

Sorry this post is late! Last week was a mess of grading! Be sure to visit Tamara, Kim, and Tanya Patrice, and don't be shy about linking up your own posts whenever you can get around to them. 

13 comments:

  1. I didn't get past the first few pages of Wonder Woman: Warbringer. I love Leigh Bardugo but I'm not generally a superhero fan, and that one was too far on the superhero spectrum for me.

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    1. I was really excited about it but it just fell so flat for me. The Grisha trilogy (at least the first book) is so alive and atmospheric and lush. This was just....boring. lol

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  2. I need to get better at DNFing.

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    1. I've gotten pretty darn good at it this year, I'm sad to say. lol

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  3. I hate to say it, but I gave up on Blackbird House last night. I've tried it a couple of times and it's just not for me. :(

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    1. Awwww! I win some and lose some with that rec. lol

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  4. Have never read Pratchett and had no desire to. Now it's for sure.

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    1. I love Pratchett, and I love his female characters, which is why I'm not loving this one as much...Susan has to split face time with other characters. The Tiffany Aching books, on the other hand, are all-time faves.

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  5. I'm so impressed you're running an Etsy business on top of another job!

    I've ended up doing more free-range reading this year, and I'm totally off reviewing new releases for next year. I'm really so excited for the books I'm hoping to read. Now...if only I could get better about updating my blog...

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    1. It's so much fun (most of the time) that it doesn't even feel like work. Just another creative outlet. :D

      Good for you! I hope you're happy with the no-reviewing-new-releases decision. I don't think I've ever missed it. Hoping you find a groove you love in 2018!

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  6. I'm a boss at DNF'ing, I'm proud to say, because some books just aren't worth it. It's cut down on my reading stats, but I'm more than okay with that, because I'm reading what I want.

    I hated Hogfather too. In fact, I'm not a big Pratchett fan, especially his Discworld series. My wife, on the other hand, loves them. I think they're just too silly for me. However, I did like his collaboration with Neil Gaiman on Good Omens.

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    1. You are totally a boss at DNFing. I have to take inspiration from you sometimes. lol

      I love Pratchett, but my fave part of his writing is his female characters. The Tiffany Aching series is one of my all-time faves. I like the bits in Hogfather that are related to Susan, Death's granddaughter, but overall, I find it a little too silly and episodic.

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  7. I wish I were a planner person because the people I know who love them REALLY love them (like you). A mess of grading is a good turn of phrase and where I frequently live. I'm so gla your shop is doing so well!

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