Where have I been and Some -Links of Interest

Yes, I know, this is crazy.  Where have I been?  Believe me, it’s not because I don’t want to come in here and write about books and all the bookish and non-bookish things I have been doing.  Hmmm so what it is, Ana (me talking to myself)…. hmmm I don’t know… I really don’t now.  I haven’t even read anything in the past 3 weeks.  Not normal…. Even my internet browsing has sadly come to a screeching halt as you will see from this “Around the Net” post.
I can blame it on my new iPad…. Yep. I got an new iPad and I’m actually typing this post on it.  It’s a Pro and it’s beautiful and I’m enjoying every minute I spend with it.  I’ve been able to take my work notes (yes, in my real life I’m a paralegal at a financial firm), I read on it (can’t read books too overwhelming) but I read my magazines, newspapers and yes, the internet when I have the time or the patience.  However, lately I have been enjoying coloring on it.

So, as much as I can blame this beautiful iPad Pro.  Some day I will tell you all about my Apple obsession.  I have to admit that I just have not been inspired to read or write in a little while and have chosen instead to spend time with family and friends.  I have been away for a spa weekend with my best friend, I have had lunches and dinners with my husband and I have spent time talking and hanging out with my dogs.

I have read three books this month but nothing AWESOME, as a matter of fact as I write this I’m not really sure which books I read — not a good thing when you need to review the books so your readers continue coming to the blog.  Hmmmm …. “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” Anne Bronte, “The Grownup” by Gillian Flynn, and “Getting things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity” by David Allen.  All good books but not super memorable.  Reviews will be up shortly…. I hope.

So, now for what you are here for.  I will warn you.  It’s not a lot.  As I said, I have been busy with other non-reading things for most of the month so ….. well….. I’m stalling.

This month was promotion month at work and with that comes a lot of “why didn’t I get promoted?” Questions.  I found this great article on Ivanka Trump’s blog.  Love her!!!!!!!! Talk about empowering women.

In the same vein as promotions.  For those of us in corporate America, being productive is almost synonymous with having a life and getting a promotion.  I for one am always looking for articles on how to be more productive…. as if I don’t have enough on my plate….. This article from Fast Company is another one of those about the most productive people do……But it’s worth sharing.

As a telecommuter I am always on the hunt for articles to prove to may management that I am more productive when I work from home.  I’m not kidding….. I am one of those people who thrives in silence.  I live mostly in my head and being surrounded by a whole lot of a people, although interesting at times, I often need a break so I can concentrate and get work done.  I am actually happier and enjoy my job more when I am able to pick when I get to interact with people.  Let me know if you’re interested in knowing how I manage working from home and how much I get done and I will do a post about it.  This Forbes article is great You’re 87% More Likely to Love Your Job if you Work from Home.

Bullet Journaling?  If you don’t do it you need to start.  I started about a year ago and am currently trying to figure out how I can do it on my new iPad…. I’ll post at some point about how that is going.  But I really enjoy it and it is a life saver when trying to stay organized.

So that is it for this week…. see I wasn’t lying when I said it had been a bad week for reading and writing.  I managed though and I will try to get more for you next week.  Thank you for not finding entertainment somewhere else.

I’m going to read on my iPad now and maybe color and play a few games.  See you on the next blog