Thursday, March 21, 2019

Time Management. {It's Not as Hard as It Sounds}

Time management.

We love the thought of it. We hate actually doing it. But we all wish we could do better at making the most of our time. least I do. ;)

Working 30-35 hours a week since the beginning of the month, I've came to realize just how quickly time slips by. I get up, get ready for work, and scoot out the door with coffee in hand. By the time I get home, I have homework to attend to, blog posts to write, emails to respond to, actual writing to do, friends to chat with, TV shows to binge... *cough* Anyway, you get the idea.

However, in an effort to stay sane, I'm learning to...juggle, shall we say. And it's working. Slowly but surely, I'm figuring out how to get everything done—maybe not when I'd like, but in a reasonable amount of time. ;)

So here's a few random time-saving tricks that I've found helpful. Maybe they'll be beneficial to y'all as well.

Make a schedule—and stick to it. 

Honestly, I can't stress this enough. If you don't have a plan, that's already a mark against you. Because how can you manage your time if you're spending time trying to figure out what you need to do? An elaborate, detailed agenda for each day, week, and month isn't necessary. Even a list of specific things you need to complete that day/week is super helpful—that's what I've been doing lately. The important part is that you figure out what you need to do—and when—and then get it done.

Unsubscribe from junk email lists. 

You know those adsy emails you receive that you're not at all interested in? The ones you don't even look at or delete without a thought? Do yourself a favor and take a few seconds to scroll to the bottom and click unsubscribe. When the only emails you're receiving are things you actually will read, reply to, or they're something of importance, "doing emails" will be quicker and simpler. And so much less annoying.

Avoid YouTube like the plague. 

Or like bug bites, because that's basically what it is. Seriously. You scratch once (watch a video) and you end up scratching (watching random/stupid videos) for hours. It's bad, y'all. Almost every time I dare go to the edge of that Deep Black Hole to watch one harmless thing, then 57 minutes later, I find myself watching videos of people trying to pronounce town names in Ohio...or something equally pointless. (Side note—who came up with that wicked "you might also like..." feature?! Sick-minded humans, I tell ya...) Nothing wrong with some enjoyment in your free time, but if you have stuff to do, get away from that time-squelching.

Waiting on something or someone? Reply to blog comments, emails, or messages on your phone. Sure, it's not as easy as a "real" keyboard, but you're saving time.

Eating lunch alone? Catch up on social media or read a few pages in a book.

Dying to finish the book but you need to get ready for the day? Read while you brush your teeth, get dressed, fix your hair, eat breakfast, walk to the car... you get my point. Again, not super easy, but it's absolutely possible to multitask in such a way—reading a book could be replaced with many things in this instance. If I can do it, I'm confident anyone can. xD

So yup, there's that! Hope you found this helpful—and that you're able to forgive me for that weird bug analogy. Not sure what happened poor caffeinated brain... *cough*

what's your #1 time saving/managing trick? 

Friday, March 15, 2019

G+ Changes {important-ish info}

As some/most of y'all probably already know, many changes have been and will continue to be taking place within Google+ and some of it's connecting sites.

Why does this matter? Because Blogger is a Google owned platform, and therefore some widgets will be effected. On April 2nd, Google+ will be leaving entirely. With it, the "+1 Button" and "Google+ Followers" will no longer be present and functioning. Any comments left on blogs with a G+ account will disappear. From something I read, Google Hangouts is closing as well.

I'm more glad than ever that I operated this blog with a Blogger account, instead of my Google+ account. I did have much on that account, so saving some information and closing out wasn't much trouble. I hate to see other's accounts be closed and data become inaccessible.

It's kinda sad—but nothing lasts forever. I'm writing this post now because I don't want to lose contact with any of you! I've compiled a list below of ways to keep in touch. I'm not someone to count blog/social media followers, but for an author's platform, it is kinda nice to have more than a dozen. :P

Follow by Email >> The follow by email gadget is near the top of the right sidebar. By subscribing to that list, you'll receive every SBF post in your inbox.

Fireflies Newsletter >> I don't remember if I've officially announced this here or not, but I now have a bi-monhtly author newsletter. (Yay!) Sign up form is here.

Goodreads >> My blog is linked to my author profile, so by following me on there, each post will be in your Goodreads feed. :)

Social Media >> While I don't share every blog posts on my social media platforms, I occasionally will on Facebook or Instagram.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin >> Stories by Firefly is now on BlogLovin'! I'm not very familiar with that site, but it seems like a pretty cool way to keep up with blogs and find similar ones.

were you aware of the coming changes with G+? what's your favorite way to follow a blog? 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Let's Be the Gold.

let's be the gold.


let's be appreciative, not abusive.

let's celebrate beauty, not brokenness.

let's be calm, not controlling.

dreamers, not a dreaders.

evangelists, not egotists.

focused, not fearful.

grounded, not guarded.

hopeful, not hurtful.

illuminative, not incorrigible.

merciful, not manipulative.

negotiative, not negative.

optimistic, not obnoxious.

patient, not pessimistic.

quiet, not a quarreler.

respectful, not rude.

sassy, not scathing.

trustworthy, not treasonous.

understanding, not underminable.

visionaries, not violators.

wise, not weak.

xenodochial, not xyresic.

youthful, not yawning.

zealous, not zonked.


let's focus on the good.

let's focus on the gold.

let's be the gold.

trying my hand at sharing inspirational posts here, as I talked about in this post