And for our next segment…

So I have two revolutionary ideas to share with you (you being my fictional audience), and what better platform than my random readerless blog?!

Spoiler: both ideas have to do with… to do lists. I could wax on for ages about why a to do list is great, but I’m sure you already have opinions on them, so why should I give you the hard sell? You’re either a list person or you’re not. I am a list person. So here goes.

Revolutionary Idea Number One:
When making your to do list (I can never quite figure out whether to stylize that as to-do list or To Do List or just plain ol’ to do list and now it’s starting to not look like a word anymore, like when you say fork too many times. Fork. Fork. Fork fork fork fork.) add the item “Check email.” Then — and here’s the crazy part — once you have checked your email, done anything you’ve needed to with said email (for me it’s usually following and digesting all the links from Joy the Baker’s great “Let It Be Sunday” blogs), CLOSE YOUR EMAIL WINDOW. Log out if you need to. Now, I know what you’re probably saying, Fictional Reader. “But I need my email to be open at all times in case something important happens!” And maybe you do. I don’t know your life, FR. But I’d be willing to bet there’s some of you who can get by with checking it less. Maybe even put it on your To Do List multiple times, so you don’t miss anything. You can check it every few hours if you need to. But re-login each time. (This will give you the added benefit of finally remembering your gmail password and not having to check the Note in your phone marked “Secrets” that has all your passwords. [Don’t actually do this, it’s a great way to have ALL your accounts hacked if your phone is stolen. {And if you’re going to do this dumb thing, definitely don’t post about it on a blog that anyone can see (But no one probaby will)}])
Oh, this is a ~Productivity Hack~, did I say that before? That’s trendy, right?

Revolutionary Idea Number Two:
When making your to-do list, give the action items categories, like beats in a scene.* These can take infinitive form (TO READ, TO CONNECT) or gerund form (READING, CONNECTING).***
The purpose of this is twofold: First, it gives your to do list items some actionable intent. Use strong verbs for maximum self-encouragment. Second, it takes some of the pressure off you. Rather than “finish writing your blog post and publish it, you lazy scum,” your action item can be “WRITING: Publish blog post.” This removes some of the guilt of TDLIs that might get carried over from day to day (what, do you check everything off every day? if you do please DM me how ASAP) and it gives you some solid categories to work with every day. Maybe you won’t have a TDLI for “SEEKING” every day, but maybe something uncategorizable or boring could be shoehorned into “SEEKING” and then it feels like it has a bigger purpose. Still with me, FR? Of course you are. You’re fictional. 🙂

I hope this post has been minimally useful to you, or perhaps maximally hilarious. Maybe I will change my blog’s name to I Think I’m Hilarious, because, let’s be honest, I totally do.


xx Hayley






*For my Fictional Readers out there who did not go to four years of acting school (congratulations on picking a more respectable college major or perhaps not going to college at all, I hope you are enjoying your debt-free life), there is a common practice actors use to analyze their scene work called… I don’t actually know what it’s called, but we’ll call it Beats. No copyright infringement intended, Dr. Dre. I have the utmost respect for the medical profession. ANYWAY Beats. So you go through your scene and divide it into sections, or units, of different subject matter. You can mark those with a thick line. Then within each unit, you mark the script into smaller sections, or beats. You can mark those with a thin line. And within each beat, you can further mark smaller sections into… mini-beats? It’s been a while since I was in acting school, guys. Anyway those you mark with slash lines. And each beat or mini-beat gets a playable action. Let’s say the scene looks like this:

ZENON: It’s just so frustrating to be a teen girl in the twenty-first century! / But what I’m really afraid of, Neb, is that I’ll never get back to Earth.

NEBULA: Listen, Ze. I have faith in you. / And what’s more: all those people out there have faith in you. You can do this. If anybody on this space station can find a way back to Earth, it’s you!

(They share a warm hug and then dash off to save the space station.)**

So this might be one beat of the scene, and within that beat, those slash marks up there indicate the mini-beats. So then the actors playing Zenon and Nebula will have to decide what action they want to play for each mini-beat. Maybe Zenon plays TO LET IT ALL OUT / TO CONFIDE. And then Nebula plays TO COMFORT / TO RALLY.  So rather than our actors playing “sad,” “angry,” “happy,” etc., they get actions, which in theory are more exciting for our audience. Capisce?

**This is how fair use works, right? Disney, please don’t sue me.

***Please don’t make me do a grammar aside, that acting lesson really took it out of me.

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