Weekly Video Blog: Ten Ways to Use Technology to Slow Down and Accomplish More

Today’s blog is short and simple.  You may already be wise about how you use technology, but sometimes it’s old-fashioned technology that needs a bigger place in our life.

Ten Ways to Use Technology to Slow Down and Accomplish More:

  1. Switch the way you use technology, rather than allowing it to mean you work more, use a timer to limit how much you work.
  2. Listen to music 30 minutes every day to entrain your heart to a slower rate, which not only feels good, but potentially extends the length of your life.
  3. Donate to your favorite charity via the Internet.
  4. Take a train to work if possible, to add time to your day.
  5. Use the “old technology” of modern plumbing to drink tap water instead of bottled water.
  6. Call an old colleague who lives across the country to network virtually.
  7. Create video conferences or video events for more of your work.
  8. Record your favorite TV shows to avoid wasting time on commercials.
  9. Determine the most efficient use of social media for your life and business.
  10. Listen to a visualization audio before you go to bed to de-stress from your day.

Nothing earth shattering here.

Have you ever thought about improving the way you use technology to slow down and accomplish more?  Would love to hear your ideas!

Would you like to be a Writing Coach?

One of the big opportunities for writers in years to come is coaching others on what you know or have learned about writing to others.   If you’re a writer, and you haven’t considered coaching others, you might want to consider the possibility.

It is true that coaching other people to write can have it’s problems.  Coaching takes time away from your own writing, and can be a long, winding journey as you help someone else discover their voice and what they want to say in a book or piece of writing.  Also, coaching is different from teaching, in that it’s not your job to train someone else how to write, unless you’re paid to do that. 

You may ask, how can I become a writing coach?  Do you need an advanced degree or a teaching certificate or years and years of experience?  These help, but I don’t think so. The primary credential you need is that you can show someone else that you are a good writer and that you can help them start and finish a project more quickly and effectively than if they did it themselves.  This is not to be confused with being a ghost writer, where you do the writing.  As a coach, I do edit writing sometimes, but not the bulk of the writing.

In my case, I have experience of working a professional marketing and technical writer for ten years, writing my own books and several years of business coaching experience.   When I began coaching, I worked with people who knew I could help them create and refine the message they wanted to share.  Most importantly, my clients trusted me and knew that I was committed to helping them share their work in as big of a way as possible.

To me, the biggest benefit of being a writing coach, is that my coaching clients are my patrons.  Working as a writing coach allows me to have the lifestyle that I want with time to spend with my children and time to be a writer.  The biggest joy of being a coach is watching my clients write the book they wouldn’t have had the courage or discipline to write on their own.

Have you been a writing coach or found other innovative ways to support your writing lifestyle?