What to Write

Have you ever wanted to write an article or story but not known what to write or how to get started? Well, this article should help.

First of all, you need to know whether you want to write non-fiction or fiction. For now, let’s focus on non-fiction. Here are some possible topics.

1. Look up 10 strange animals
It’s as simple as that! If you are looking for something interesting and new, then I recommend researching and writing about the many strange animals¬†out there that you probably haven’t heard of.

2. Give advice on the best way to do something
You could give advice on anything, really. Cooking (like a cook book), finances, sports, crafts, and lots of others things too. It’s easiest to write about something you like doing.

3. Review a show/an activity/place you visited
You can review a show that you saw or a place you’ve been to. Write about what you liked about, what you think can be improved, what makes it special, and so on.

4. Journal/Blog
If you can’t think of anything or don’t want to write, just take 5-10 minutes and write about your day. What did you do? Was it fun? I usually like to journal about my day for 5 minutes every night.

5. Give directions on how to do an activity
Write about how to do something that you did. For example, if you made slime, you could write about how to make it.

There are many other things you could do, but I like these the best. Give it a try and send us what you wrote!

KNE Life Skills: Prioritization & Productivity – Managing Your Time Part 3 – Dealing With Incoming Requests

Dealing with Incoming Requests
Assuming you identify your core focus areas and want to spend time on them, you need to keep the rest of the world in line while you do so. There are plenty of organizational systems out there, but we have had the most success with David Allen’s Getting Things Done, which is essentially: What is it and is it actionable now (as opposed to “some day”)?
  • If it is actionable:
  1. Will it take less than 2 minutes? If so, do it now.
  2. Are you really the best person to do it? If not, delegate it to someone else now.
  3. Defer for now – either schedule time when it will be done or put it on your “to do” list.
  • If it is not actionable, there are 3 possibilities:
  1. It is not needed – trash it.
  2. It is reference material (you might need to look this up at some point) – file it in a good system.
  3. It’s a maybe/someday item – add it to an “ideas” list that you check periodically.
Then, once a week, look at your overall lists of projects and actions to make sure you have everything (thoughts, ideas, projects, to do’s) captured in one of those categories.
There is a bit more to it, but this gives you the basic idea. Many similar systems exist, which one you use doesn’t particularly matter. What matters is that you actually have a system.
Try this out for a couple of weeks. It should help you get more done!

KNE Life Skills: Prioritization & Productivity – Mangaing Your Time Part 2 – Multiple Focuses

Multiple Focuses: How to sort what you’ve got on your plate at the moment

Most of us will find the ONE Thing approach (discussed in the previous newsletter) a little too intense, as we have a number of things on which we need to focus. However, it’s a valuable, if not quite attainable, philosophy. The more often we ask this question and the closer we can come to one core focus, the more productive we are.

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KNE Life Skills: Prioritization & Productivity – Managing Your Time Part 1

Rich or poor, young or old, there is one thing that all people have in common each and every day.  Time (1,440 minutes to be exact). Time is the great equalizer. If you want to make a difference at work or in life, the real question is how to spend your time.

The challenge is that there are significant forces that can throw you off course by having you spend time on tasks that don’t impact things that are important to you. It is a constant battle, but if you build the right skills and habits, you can significantly increase the amount of time you spend the way you want.
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