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Thinking Time - Issue #1

Thinking Time - Issue #1
By Soozi Baggs • Issue #1 • View online
Hello Peeps
Welcome to the first issue of my new newsletter. And congratulations on being one of the select few that get to read it ‘live’, as it were (obviously I envisage that at some point in the future, thousands will be poring over the archives, itching to read the historical Issue #1 and you’ll be able to say, ‘I was there’ with a smug smile on your face).
Daydreaming aside, I really would like to reach as many people as I can, so if you like it, please do forward it on to anyone you think would like to receive it, or share it with the world in general (there are some very convenient Twitter and Facebook buttons at the bottom to make that easy for you).
Before we get into it, I want to say a word about consistency. I’m not a consistent person at the best of times, but in my writing I could cheerfully be described as erratic. So we’ll have to just work through that character trait together and accept that I’ll write to you when I write to you, and I’ll do my best to do that relatively regularly.
I would love to hear your feedback and thoughts, so feel free to hit reply on this or any future issue and tell me what you found helpful or inspiring (or not).
I’ll keep it brief today, so without further ado…

Interesting, Inspiring and/or Helpful Posts
Here’s a couple of posts that I’d like to share with you. The first is from my own blog (because I’m really comfortable with the whole idea of self promotion, honest). The other is not by me, but is an absolute classic from 2013 - probably the most famous blog post ever written about procrastination. I share it here as it’s always worth a re-read. Or perhaps you hadn’t seen it before, in which case, you’re welcome.
A Time to Think and A Time to Write – Soozi Baggs
Why Procrastinators Procrastinate — Wait But Why
I’ll try and suggest at least one thing every issue that might help you with some aspect of productivity or wellbeing. This time it’s my go-to app for background music, soundscapes, and guided meditations - Calm. For me, this ticks both boxes as the focus orientated music really does help me to be more productive, and the meditations are definitely good for my wellbeing. I do pay the annual fee for this app (from memory I think it’s about thirty five quid) but I used it for ages without unlocking the premium content (mainly for the rain sounds) and it was still worth having.
Calm - The #1 App for Meditation and Sleep
Now, you
Finally, the action bit. What are you going to do now? Have you got a project that you want (or need) to work on? I could give you the bog standard advice of ‘find one small step that you can take now and go and do it’ or ‘find an accountability buddy and tell them what you’re going to do’. All this advice is commonly given for a reason - it’s good advice.
But I’m actually going to say… *Don’t work on it today. Don’t try to hit a word count target. Don’t even open the document. Play hard to get with him…. um, it (sorry, got distracted there with my own issues.)
Instead, just think about it. Maybe close your eyes and consciously think about it. Or think about it while you’re doing other things. Let the ideas percolate. Then tomorrow, you can write something down. As I always say, “Why do now what you can put off til tomorrow”.
Or rather, perhaps a less dysfunctional way of putting it is, give yourself some proper time to think about it before you write about it.
Til next time,
*Unless you have an absolute immovable deadline and the thing is due today!! In which case, you probably should just disregard this bit and do what you have to do.
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Finding time and space to write can be challenging, but finding time and space to *think* about what you're going to write is the far greater challenge.
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