freelancing · productivity · time management · translation · work

Coffee drinking trick for better productivity

A quick tip!

Make your day longer by doing this: After lunch, wash your dishes. A clean sink is good for your health especially if you are a parent so that when your kid comes back from school and before you prepare dinner, you will be feeling relieved to have a clean sink. However, if you are on a tight deadline you can skip the dishes and… proceed to coffee, preferably espresso.

Pour your coffee in your favourite cup and drink. Go take a NAP for at least 20 minutes. You can sleep longer (try not to overdo it the way I sometimes do) but the point of doing this is to sleep for the duration of the time caffeine starts having effect.

Read this article here for more info (I have known about this technique for a few years, quickly googled it and this article cropped up – it’s from 4 days ago, so go read it).

Magda

balance · movement · productivity · translators · work

Changing our movement habits in our everyday activities with the Alexander technique

 

Today a post on Olga Arakelyan’s blog Your professional translator had me thinking. It reminded me of how much I used to dance and the dance courses I attended in the past and so forth. One of the things, I vividly and passionately recall is the Alexander Technique.

And I just had to write something about it.

Continue reading “Changing our movement habits in our everyday activities with the Alexander technique”

art · beauty · creativity · freelancing · inspiration · productivity · writing

Art that speaks to you can increase your productivity

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Many of us have prints or paintings of famous artists in our homes. Kandinsky. Picasso. Monet. Van Gogh. Some were gifts, some just happened to be among our stuff from frequent house moves, others bought at flea markets and antique shops or meticulously sought after on eBay.

Out of all the paintings or art objects you own, is there something in particular that talks to your heart?

Or is the art that covers your walls something conventional, something you like but something that doesn’t appeal to you on a psychological and emotional level?

How about decorating your work space with prints, paintings, photos or art objects that talk to our heart which translates to having a permanent source of inspiration?

A LOVE AFFAIR

Each artwork evokes particular feelings depending on who the viewer is. It’s like love.

Wouldn’t you “hate” looking at a Kandinsky abstract painting if you are the romantic type who is obsessed with pre-Raphaelite paintings?

Wouldn’t it be a “waste” of energy, money and a “compromise” to your emotional well-being, creativity and productivity to constantly observe something that doesn’t really speak to you and consequently isn’t really helping you?

GETTING SENTIMENTAL IS GOOD

A work of art or an art object (for example motivational quotes into a frame) are the product of creativity, passion, inspiration and of course experience.

The juice of life.

By picking something that represents your life philosophy and your heart’s desire, you are letting yourself get emotional.

Being surrounded by art that speaks to your heart, is the beginning of a spark. A permanent spark that touches your sensibilities and entices you to react to that spark.

If you are inspired by George Clooney or Justin Timberlake or other out-of-reach objects of desire, that’s fine. As long as they help your productivity and as long as they spark a positive reaction.

That positive reaction is incorporated into your work.

I personally like Gerard Butler but looking at him will not make me more productive (except if I wanted to write a script for a love story that will never work).

Sentimental is good (art objects). Too sentimental is bad (Gerard Butler).

OPEN THE DOOR TO HUMAN EXPERIENCE THROUGH ART

Works of art open up new doors because of all the imagination they have absorbed during their making.

If you want to be more productive, you have to be surrounded by manifestations of creative work which mean something to you.

Or will a beautiful view to the park from your window suffice?

Well, I guess you know better.

You will certainly seek inspiration from nature, events and people and you should.

But art differs. It ignites a flame. It talks to your soul. Art has power.

It’s a result of human creativity and a blend of things people experience. Things that can’t be described with words. Things that you can’t see while watching the rain from your window.

Or am I wrong? Can a raindrop help you be more productive in your work the way a personal experience (as expressed into art) does?

Being surrounded by visually pleasing to the eye and the senses objects, our spirit is lifted and our productivity is triggered. On a regular basis too.

While inspiration comes and goes, art works are those permanent features in our area of work that keep talking to us.

Art is also a way to heal. To distract us from mundane sad stories.

Think of a gloomy day.You need something strong to make you feel better. You need a statement.

Art is the statement you are looking for.

Pick your very favourite works of art to decorate your office / work area. The excitement that art brings will give you words, vowels, concepts and new territories.

M.

productivity · writing · writing projects

Why writers and bloggers need a lot of love

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Talking about love on a writing blog is somehow unconventional.

Or is it just an impression I have?

Assumptions aside, I can’t tell my hands to stop typing.

(happens to you too, right?)

If you give me just 10 minutes, I would like to share why I think that love is so important for writers and bloggers. Well, love is indispensable for everyone but I want to focus on people who work with words.

HOW LOVE IS CONNECTED TO WRITING

– People who work with words are more sensible than others. They react to the feelings of love through words. Love is an unparalleled driving force. Think of all the stories about love, the films, the poems.

– If you don’t genuinely love writing you will not be able to put up with all the hard work that writing on a professional level involves.

– Without love, depression is always around the corner. Being depressed means being completely unproductive.

– If you get a writer’s block, there’s a huge possibility that the love you have for writing will be tested.

– Love can create writing miracles because love is about giving. It can mean giving pencils to a small kid from a poor family and it can provide sponsorship to a writer who needs it.

WRITE OUT OF LOVE

I always thought that writing is complex. But it’s not. The moment you begin writing you realise that it’s actually pretty simple. Even with a vague idea in your mind, the act of writing shows you the way and reveals things to you.

If you don’t love words, you don’t look for them which translates to not writing.

M.

music · productivity · translation

When soundtracks sound just fine for translation work

 

Last night, I had to find a way to continue translating notwithstanding the noise around me.

A few clicks on Youtube, following a series of music collections of major classical composers, I stumbled upon the Pirates of the Caribbean. That was it! The pace was perfect for hitting those keys.

But hey, don’t try this at home if you are not already familiar with the terminology or the nature of the text.

Till next time, I salute thee and be ready to sometimes hoist the colours which translates to fearlessly doing the unavoidable and doing your best to overcome the obstacles in a freelance translator’s life. That’s imperative.

Alla prossima!

Magda