Is snoozin’ losin’?

It occurs to me that there’s two things I am perpetually lacking in life. In no particular order:

Money
Time

I would imagine I’m not unique in this.

Can we ever really control this?

To some extent, we have control over our finances.  We know what our income is and can choose our expenditure – well, to a certain degree. Those of us with kids will know all about the money vortex that seems to widen as the kids age.  If we wanted to though, we could be strict. We could be misers. But, where’s the fun in that? You can’t take money with you when you shuffle off  so perhaps it’s futile to worry about it. As long as basic needs are met and some wants, we are fortunate.  However, I do have to admit that more money would be good.  I doubt many people will disagree with that.  I’ll still throw money away on lottery tickets because you never know…

Time.  We all have the same amount of time in a day but we don’t all make use of it in the same way.  I cram a lot into my time; family life, work, studying, exercise, general household chores and other miscellaneous tasks – there’s always something.  It looks impressive written down.  But….I could still do with more!  Working 8 hours a day (5 days a week) does not allow for much free time so short cuts have to be taken from time to time.  I often wonder how I would spend my time if I didn’t have to work for a living.  In all honesty, it’s probably the same as money – the more you have, the more you waste.  I resolve to make better use of my time but ironically, time management takes time.

I have been listening to Eric Thomas recently.  He calls himself the Hip Hop Preacher.  He advocates waking at 4 a.m to start your day, no matter how little sleep you have had.  He thinks people who are serious about success should sacrifice sleep in order to “grind” for longer.  I already do (to a certain extent), regularly only sleeping for around 6 hours which is 2 hours less than the recommended amount.  Less sleep does equal more time but does it automatically equal success?  Could someone really only sleep for 3 or 4 hours and be successful?  Success in this instance, appears to be defined as “rich”.

My Googling proved to be inconclusive.  Several similar articles list successful business figures who apparently function (to a high degree) on only 4 hours sleep but the sceptic in me wonders how this can be true.  Who really knows other than the person in question and their bed partner?  Donald Trump recently claimed that sometimes he only sleeps for an hour and a half.  Really?  Part of me thinks that is a big fat lie though it would allow plenty of time for him to compose nonsensical tweets.

There’s so many unanswered questions about this suggestion. I wonder how many strong cups of tea or coffee it takes to start a long day at 4 a.m.  Or, do any of these people take some other kind of stimulant?  Or, if these people don’t need any kind of stimulants, how do they sustain energy throughout the day?  How do they ensure that the short hours of sleep are high quality hours of sleep?  I’m exhausted just thinking about it.  I’m off to bed.  I have a busy day ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

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Revisiting old work

Today I read 4 short stories that I haven’t worked on since the end of 2014/January 2015.  I did it peering through my fingers, as one might do when watching a horror movie, expecting absolute carnage.

I was pleasantly surprised.

It wasn’t so bad!

I am now feeling re-energised and excited to resume work on my short story collection along with the novel I am slowly writing.

I’m glad those stories didn’t end up in computer’s recycling bin.

The point of this post is to show that nothing is wasted.  There is merit in all work.

yay

Di 🙂

The Arts – Innovation and Exploration

The arts are what we stay alive for, what we work all week for, what we dream about, what connects us and indeed, what some would say, makes us human.  Within this broad church is housed a myriad of professions, professions that some of you will perhaps participate in, help change and shape and evolve and I would like to poset today that it is the arts that has always been the driver of innovation and exploration.  I choose these words precisely because they are always accredited to science.  Innovation and exploration.

Cate Blanchett 26.09.14

Life obliterating art…

This week has been one of those “life gets in the way” weeks, or to be more precise, work gets in the way.  I have struggled through this week thinking about writing but not actually doing much and any writing that I did do was forced and in all honesty, poor.  But, Thursday night’s Creative Writing course kick-started me again.  We did a short exercise in writing dialogue.  We were given a list of pre-determined characters in which we had to pick two and then set up a dialogue between them in a few minutes.  The characters I chose were “angry old woman” and “displaced alien”.  What follows was the dialogue I wrote.  Admittedly, it’s not perfect but it was a fun exercise to do.  If I find myself in a slump again like this week, I would definitely repeat this exercise.  Silliness is very therapeutic albeit not a route to riches! So anyway, here goes:

“Get out of my garden!” Agnes shouted.

She had become angrier with every year that passed.

“Sorry,” the alien said in a small voice, “I had nowhere else to go.”

“Aww, me heart bleeds for ye! Close the gate on the way out.”

“I am saddened by the harshness in your voice. I would have expected your kind to be more welcoming.”

“Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you but I’m fond of my pansies so clear off!”

The alien turned and walked towards the gate.  He turned his head 360 degrees without moving his body and said, “You would be welcome on my planet anytime.”

Agnes threw a garden gnome at him.