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Saturday, July 5, 2014

On Time Management...

I thought that it was time for a proper update.  Where have I been?

At the beginning of June, I started a new job.  I have been in training for the last five weeks. Therefore, I haven't had time to blog or work online.  Besides, freelance work has been slow lately.  Before my first week at work, I wrote a few weeks ahead for the 30 Week Writing Survey.  I figured out how to schedule posts weekly instead of  positing everything all at once.

I like my job at the doctor's office.  I had to get myself adjusted to working in an office enviroment again.  It is very different from working at home alone in front of a computer.  Each morning, I wake up at six, to prepare lunch and get ready for work.  I commute to and from work by bus.

How do I keep myself occupied on my commute? I try to make sure that my tablet is charged up with plenty of reading material.  I also bring my iPod.  But, I feel self conscious about listening to my iPod on the bus.  Why?  

The commuter route that I ride is mainly used by Clemson University students and employees and other people who may work in the town.  I am usually sitting next to someone who is studying or taking a nap.  I always wonder if the person will be distracted by the music. So for the most part, I just read.

I also took a trip to Hilton Head Island with friends. It was nice to get away for a few days.  We hung out and watched movies and went to the beach. It was nice to put my feet in the sand and water.

The nice thing about Hilton Head's beach is that they have a place where you can rinse your feet off, so you won't track as much sand in the car. That's the first time I've seen this at a beach.

I enjoy blogging, but I am not sure how it is going to fit into my everyday life now.  By the time I get home, I am extremely tired.  It is nice to write ahead and schedule posts ahead of time.  

My time is more valuable than ever, and there's not enough hours in the day.  I have to do a lot of online training and read ton of information for my job.  I don't have time to keep up with social media. (I can imagine my mom shaking her head, "what did I tell you, it's not that important").  And she's right, it's not that important. A lot of people are into Instagram, Snap Chat, and whatever new thing is out there now.  I don't even keep up with Twitter that much and I am always forgetting my password for LinkedIn.  Should I just shut down Facebook for good?  I have deactivated FB so many times it's not funny. There is always that tug of war...did I miss something?  It's the main way I know what's going on with people and that is sad.

It's becoming harder and harder to keep up with friends and associates.  Right now, I have an email sitting in draft for a friend that I haven't finished writing.  I don't have time to chase people down. I remember when I was younger, I use to sit at home calling people to only to talk to voice mail or get an "I'm busy."  I use to compulsively email.  I got the feeling that people got ignored or were hitting the ignore button on me.

I've reached a point in my life where I decided to stop chasing people down. They will email when they get ready. They will call you when they get ready.  Why did I do this? Maybe because I had too much time on my hands, perhaps lonely and bored. Whatever the case was, I got a wake up call when my number was blocked. So yeah, it was time to grow up.

So I came to the realization that people had a life and it was time for me to get a life too.

Despite my busy schedule, I always seem to have time to read.  Books have always been an escape especially when things get hectic. What have been reading lately? I finished Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes and I am currently reading Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti.  

Lately, I have been on a book buying frenzy.  I am still working my way through The California Diaries series. My bus drops me off at the university's student center. Inside I discovered that they have a Barnes N Noble. It's not your full scale Barnes N Noble, but is also a college bookstore.  Since I have to wait about 30 minutes for my second bus, I sometimes browse the Barnes N Noble side of the store.  This week I purchased The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and He's Gone by Deb Caletti. 

I walked in Thursday, and saw another book that I might buy.  I should have enough reading material to keep me busy for a few months-maybe until the end of the year.  I can't be spending money on books like a crazy person.  I like to check out books from the library, but I don't have to go these days.

My book review blog YA Books Etc. is picking up followers via Bloglovin.  I didn't think that people paid attention to my blogs, but someone is taking the time to read-and I appreciate that.  I few books I need to read and write reviews for.

My biggest project this weekend is declutterring.  I have discovered retractable storage boxes by Homespace at Dollar General. I own four all ready.  Now I have a nice place where I can put my books in until I can get a bookshelf.

In other news, I have become a Starbucks addict.  There is a location near where I work.  I like to stop by before work. It is nice to sit down for a few minutes to enjoy a beverage.  I often see people sitting in front of their laptops or chatting with friends.

While checking my email one day, I found out that Yahoo Voices will be shutting down at the end of the month.  I was shocked. I thought that they were doing well.  It just goes to show that these content mills do not last forever. Suite 101 has shut down, Helium will be shutting down, and I wonder who will be next to go.

I have been trying to get more involved with Bubblews. I finally reached payout almost three weeks ago. And the sad thing about this is that I have been waiting almost three weeks for $50.88.  First, I was told that i would receive it in 7 days. I contacted them and they said it would by 12-14 days. Okay, so I wrote them again. They apologized and said that it I was scheduled to be paid on July 4th.  Really? Really?

Hello people, today is July 5th and there is nothing in my Pay Pal account.  I understand that they are backed up-but what if I was really depended on that money. Fifty dollars is fifty dollars, but I earned it, so don't mess around.  I was posting to Bubblews ten posts a day after a long day at work.

"Sigh"

Until next time...