I don’t know if you do Pinterest, but in one of those lint-fueled walkabouts on the Internets, I stumbled across a great board full of nifty projects. Let’s pretend for a moment that I have spare time to craft, shall we? Oh, and skill. And money.

Here are a few things I’d make:

Pinterest is kind of a weakness of mine. I think it’s the whole short-attention-span thing.¬†Ack. Closing browser now, and getting back to it! ūüôā




It doesn’t take much to throw me off track. I can get distracted by lint. Like, for example, when you’re typing away productively and¬†you notice a fuzzy on your sleeve and it makes you think about the fact that your dryer’s broken and the house you’re hoping to buy has a dryer but it also has a clothesline and wouldn’t it be cool to be able to hang your clothes out in the sun because there’s nothing like the smell of clothes fresh from the laundry line, especially if you make that homemade laundry soap you saw on Pinterest with the essential oils in it, and gosh, you’d better start trolling Etsy for a new vintage apron with a clothespin pocket right NOW.

With a mind that wanders that easily, you¬†wouldn’t think that purposely setting a bell to chime¬†every 15 minutes would be a good idea. But it’s actually working.

Hold on, the bell just went off. (Seriously. I didn’t make that up for the benefit of this post.)

Okay, what I did just now¬†was stretched out my hunched up back, drank some water and performed¬†a mental checkup: am I still being productive? Yes. Since my A to Z blog¬†post is the next thing on my to-do list, I’m staying¬†on target.

If you’d like to give it a shot, there are plenty of mindfulness timers out there, which I prefer to use since the alarm-like sound¬†of the countdowns over at are really jarring.¬†Especially if you use them so frequently within the span of an hour. I do like those for writing sprints, though. The timer¬†I like for daily tasks has bell-like chimes and can be found at this website.

And speaking of productivity tools, here’s this week’s ROW80 check-in. (To join up with ROW80 or see other bloggers’ goals, go here!)

ROW80 Round 2 Goals

(For the rest of April, anyway.)

Use a timer! On target.¬†See above. ūüôā

Work on Charming Cora¬†Haven’t gotten a ton done. Will try to plug away more this week!

Short blog daily On target.

15 minutes of German Did this 3/7 days.

Plan out¬†mini-sesson for MMRWA Retreat¬†Primary focus right now. Retreat’s next weekend!

MMRWA Retreat Apr. 24, 25, 26 Ditto above.

M, W, F Mid-Michigan Romance Writing 101 FB posts On target. No posts missed.

Galesburg Museum Project Revisit Apr. 27 Posted community event on Monday. Thirty-five new FB likes this week.

Buy a house? Still in progress. Appraisal this week before Friday, two days for a final go-through on our application, need quote on septic repairs and an addendum from sellers, then we schedule closing!

ROW80 sign up/goal post on Apr. 8 Complete.

Retreat basket Complete.

Any productivity technique’s you’d like to share? Do you have goals you’re chipping away at? Share ’em in the comments! ¬†heart