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How Capturing an Idea is Like Netting a Songbird

Posted by Heather Kelly on

Catching a bird with a net is like capturing thoughts - or an idea. I volunteer at the Toronto Wildlife Centre. And during my last shift, it occurred to me that catching an idea or thought is like catching a bird. I sometimes catch tiny songbirds that escape their enclosures. Little thrushes or sparrows or kinglets or ovenbirds. This evening I caught a gull to be moved to another room, and a songbird that had escaped its enclosure as I was topping up its food. A net is needed to gently capture these and other creatures. At the TWC, there...

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Get Shit Done

Posted by Heather Kelly on

There’s a lot to love about this GET SHIT DONE notebook. Starting with the manifesto prompt on the cover. And when you open the book, the first thing you see is this - all in caps: THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD. THE ONES WHO SIMPLY TALK AND DREAM OF SUCCESS AND THE ONES WHO GO OUT THERE, CHASE THEIR DREAMS AND GET SHIT DONE.  So this is the perfect product for me, as I start to chase my dreams and get shit done developing this website. There are larger sizes of this book, but I chose...

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Time Tracking Online with Freshbooks

Posted by Heather Kelly on

A colleague recently asked me how I track my client time. She works as a communications consultant and PR freelancer and was looking at options for client-billing time tracking.  I’ve been tracking time ever since I was in my early twenties and working as a promotions and marketing manager for a hotel – with a horrid boss. He gave me a huge amount of freedom to experiment with different campaigns, promotions, and to be creative, which was great. But he would often yell “What the @$%!! am I paying you for??!!” (among other nastier things that no one would get...

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Life: Check - a poem by HLK

Posted by Heather Kelly on

LIFE: CHECK    By Heather L. Kelly   What is missing am I missing something something must be done   Coil notebooks choked with check-box to-dos carried forward, jots, meeting notes, passwords.   Signs of success: - A short list - Focus and efficacy - Calendar flexibility - Control over time - A calm mind   Lift thoughts out of the box eat the pie chart, ring the bell curve, touch everyone’s bases, and distill ideas to a point. Because, at the end of the day, it’s the end of the day.                  ...

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Making the Most of Every Day

Posted by Heather Kelly on

There are so many things to do in a day. Write, day job, consulting, tasks for other projects, meetings, more meetings, read, exercise, care for beloved pets, work for boards of directors, other volunteer work, enjoy time with husband/friends/family - oh yeah and rest. You who know me know that I am an obsessive scheduler. I use my digital calendar all the time and am constantly refining the timing and amount of time allocated to the items that repeat daily or weekly. I am trying to make the most of every day. And here’s the thing I just realized: I am trying...

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