I do not currently wok from home (at the minute it's very much a pipe dream) however I am someone who revels in their own time and would much prefer time at home rather than being sociable - which is why I treasure what I time I can get alone. In some cases being a lone wolf or homebody are traits that could be associated with introvertism, whilst it's true for me it may not be for others. So here are some though on being a lover of your own company and why it's a good thing. Are you someone who seeks out others for an energy boost or are you content in your own space?
If you've been reading Not Copper Armour for a little while then you'll know that I'm always on the hunt for ways to improve my productivity levels (my spirit animal is a sloth for a reason). Productivity is such a fickle mistress, she can come out in certain seasons and moments then retreat in others plus it can be affected by so many personal factors, thoughts and feelings - it can be an annoyance trying to pin it down. What have you been doing recently to alter your methods for the better? All tips are welcome!
When putting this post together I really had a bit of a think of what items do I always return to, love and which define me as a person. This can be hard as we really don't NEED a lot to keep on trucking. If I was to choose some key items that I thought go some way to giving an insight into me then these would be it. Here are just a few things that define me, what are your can't be without objects?
Those of you who have been reading this little space for a while may know that during April my mental health was not at an all time peak to say the least and since then I've been working hard to get back to a good (hopefully better) place. Obviously everyone's mental health journey looks very different to another's but we all have those little routines that help us to completely disconnect, unwind and recharge. Here are just a few things I do to calm down and get back to feeling like me again, what are yours?
At the end of the day a great feeling is to truly switch off on the sofa with snacks and good TV, of late I've been hunting for new ways to find inspiration and Netflix has become my savour. There are so many great documentaries and shows out there that can add not only to your artistic work but get you thinking, I thought I'd share some of the influential shows that have struck a chord. What other TV shows and films would you advise other creatives to watch? (Regardless of genre.)
Maintaining that productive momentum throughout the day can be tough as not every day is the same but this also means it has the ability to throw a surprise curve ball in the mix that we have to deal with. Not every day is a 'work' day but you can still do little activities that keep your creative levels ticking over till you need it. Even some of the most mundane tasks can be surprisingly influential in this respect, here are my everyday tasks that help my inspiration - what are yours?
It's no secret that i have a full time 9-5 job role and also run this online space, the latter is a passion, joy and creative escapism of mine however it's also a lot of work. It is essential to take a break to truly relax away from everything to stop take stock and recharge for the next round. Although this is not a new concept and how I spend my time away from any kind of work is not revolutionary but here's what I do in my downtime to replenish that positive energy, what do you in those quieter moments?
Hello Internet, my name's Emma and it's been a month since my last blog post. Originally I had planned to take a few days off whilst I finished up my work for my previous job role and made the slow transition into my new position however it quickly became apparent that wasn't going to happen. So here's an update on what's been happening during my break plus what has the time away has taught me. Do you take periodic holidays from the internet or do you have techniques that keep you from feeling overwhelmed or addicted to a screen?
Something I wasn't happy with was my sporadic blog posting over the past couple of months and I could feel an impending burn out on the cusp, in not wanting that to happy I took a couple of weeks off during this March. I took 2 weeks off to re-calibrate and give myself time to catch up on planning and physically creating. What with juggling a lot of balls all at once it meant I had no time for my beloved blogging (well no time that equated to something meaningful). It was time to slow down and realign with my productivity and fit in more of what I love. How do you know it's time to slow down?
I find Sunday's can be some of the most relaxing yet productive at the same time and in wanting to keep the good vibes going throughout the week (including the dreaded Monday blues) I try to build a rough working schedule that still give me that weekend feeling. Weekends present me with the possible biggest chunk I can dedicate to my creativity however that's without taking into account spending time with friends, family and my gent - which makes time for myself and passions limited. Here are some of the tasks that are perfect for a Sunday. Do you have a productive Sunday or do you prefer to completely unplug in preparation for the upcoming week?
For just under a month I've been battling illness with either flu or cold it hasn't been my most attractive moment however it has meant taking things a little slower and finding new loves in old ones. Taking some time away (even if reluctantly) can give a much needed release from constantly working away doing your best busy bee impression. Here are some of my current lifestyle loves that have been giving me real joy, what have you been enjoying of late
A couple of months before the end of 2017 I gave up my usual shoulder bag to my sister & her pregnancy needs which I was happy to do but it meant my trusty ruck sack came out of retirement and since then it's come with me everywhere including photography days. Having a bag that is supportive and roomy without being as big as a house is important especially when you're off on a day of adventures. Here's what is usually in my photography / everyday bag?
Regardless of what artistic medium you use or when you can find the time to devote to your passions, it can mean essentially balancing creativity with everything else in your life - which can be tough especially as there are certain but necessary aspects you need to work around. As we're often so busy sometimes active rest can be pushed aside for 'another day'. Serious nourishment can be gained from making things off your own steam and ideas but we still need to get away and clear our minds to come back with even more motivation. Here are only a ways to find rest whilst you're busy setting up you own business, creating new work or just trying to have it all without busting a gut.
Earlier in the month I spoke of how my word for the year is 'Growth', in some cases I want to build my grounding, start again and in other life aspects expand my understanding. The idea of being more minimal has been something I've toyed with for a while now and this year I hope to try a little harder with small steps and generate more confidence on the matter. Here are a few ways I'm trying be more conscientious about what I use, keep and give back back.
The new year and the month of January both bring a sense of beginnings or fresh possibilities but with the dark mornings and colder temperatures still around for a while yet it's even more important to relish those little pick me ups that can help your day. If like me your motivation and energy levels can take a significant dip around this time of year, bye sunlight, then it's good to have those reliable ways to better your mood especially if you're wanting some much needed productivity or if you have the afternoon slump. How do you turn around a bad day into something a little happier and hopefully gives you more output?
It's fair to say I'm starting my blogging year a little later than others but I wanted time to consider my goals and what I wanted from the year. After all the good, bad and frustration that 2017 brought especially after reassessing my goals list it became clear that a change needed to happen. Some of my favourite folks on the internet don't follow the traditional resolutions ritual instead they prefer just oneword that will hopefully shape and guide their year (hopefully) to fruition. This year I'm choosing 'G R O W T H' as my key word and here's why I'm forgoing the usual list. What's on your yearly goals list?
It's finally the big day. It's the day where Santa has visited, the day where it's wholly acceptable to eat your body weight in food, the day where playing family games can tow the line between fun and arguments. It's the time to take a real break from all things internet or work and partake in the festive activities you absolutely adore.
A very few of you beady eyed folks will have noticed that things all Not Copper Armour have been really quiet, in fact all but none existent which wasn't planned but was needed. After last month's blog post about balancing blogging and full time work it was becoming apparent that I hadn't found it yet, the fact is whilst I was practicing what I preached there physically wasn't enough time in the day to fit it all in. It was time to take stock properly of what I'm doing, how I'm doing it and what I actually need or want. Here's why it all went dark on the blog and why it wasn't as bad as it sounds.
There is no real universal defining threshold you cross that means you've somehow graduated into long term relationship status, in fact some couples accomplish big life goals together in hardly any time at all whilst others can take a little longer. Me and my gent have been together nearly 4 years and in the grand scheme of things but for both of us this is the longest time we've spent with a partner. Here are a few things I've learnt from being with another person, was there a moment in your relationship when you thought yes they're a keeper or we've made it long term?
The Winter months are fast approaching and even though we're in Autumn I'm one of those people who is permanently on the chilly side so despite the air-con still in use at the office, the breeze and the dropping degrees outside there are a few ways to hold on to that beloved warmth. How do you keep in the heat despite the fact we're in the later stages of the year?