When you’re facing a huge pile of tasks or find yourself in a creative rut, it’s hard to know how to climb your way of it. But any effort starts with a single step, and sometimes making a small change in your life can make a huge difference. That’s what this week’s link round-up is all about.
Product of the Week
I tried really hard to fall in love with French Press coffee, and for a while, we really had something going. But after a while I had to admit that French Press was a little too acidic for my tastes, not to mention a tad bit grainy toward the bottom. Enter the Pour Over Method, which uses a cone and a disposable or permanent filter. It’s a beautiful thing. I use The Kitchn’s instructions with a digital scale, but you can still get great results with a little less precision. It’s a small change in the 10 minutes I spend making coffee in the morning (when I’m not running to Starbucks, that is), but it makes it much, much more enjoyable.
Recipe of the Week
Lately I’ve been trying to stock my freezer with ready-to-heat-and-eat meals for after the baby arrives — and also because it’s just good practice for busy people. While Dump Chicken is perhaps the worst name for a recipe, there’s no denying the simplicity of buying chicken in bulk, placing (or fine, DUMPING) it in a Ziplock bag, adding marinade or stew ingredients, and tossing it in the freezer ’til you’re ready to stick (OK, fine! DUMP) it in a crockpot. Add a side of veggies and a complex carb, and you’ve got a well-rounded, healthy, easy meal. Here’s a list of 48 versions.
Thought-Provoker of the Week
In January of last year, I stumbled across FatMumSlim’s #fmsphotoaday challenge. She provides a list of prompts each month, and the idea is (you guessed it) to take a photo each day somehow related to the prompt. There are other versions of this, like #project365, as well as a bunch of photoaday copycat lists, but they all serve the same purpose — getting you to find something new/unique/remarkable every day of your life. My record isn’t perfect (that isn’t the point), but I’ve noticed beauty in places I’d never have thought to look by taking part. In fact, many of the photos you see on this blog are a result of that effort. I wrote a post on my personal blog about it last year expanding on why it’s a great idea, especially for writers. With the prevalence of cell phone cameras these days, whether you choose to post them somewhere or not, it’s definitely a small but rewarding change to your life worth considering.
Laugh of the Week
And with talk of any photo challenge must come acknowledgment that you’re probably going to take some of these photos. You can still laugh at this video and continue to take said photos. Or at least I do.
Lesson of the Week
All great ventures are done one little step at a time. If a goal is truly important to you, if you can commit to doing at least one thing a day to get you closer to achieving that goal, you’ve got a great chance of getting there — and sooner rather than later. Here Seth Godin offers a few ideas on using the “one thing a day” principle to market your small business.